HEARD Ph.D. Scholarship for African Scholars 2021 (Funded)

Applications are invited from Young African scholars to the HEARD Ph.D. scholarship program 2021.

HEARD is offering Ph.D. Scholarships to young Africans as part of their obligation to African scholars. The scholarship is aimed to produce expertly qualified graduates to advise or to be part of influential policy-making or program implementing entities in Africa, and to pursue additional research priorities.

HEARD’s key thematic research areas include:

  • Gender Equality and Health;
  • Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights;
  • Health Governance and Finance; and
  • Health Systems Strengthening.

HEARD is an organization that engages in Africa-wide mandate research applicable across the region that impacts regional policies and programs. They conduct research on the socio-economic aspects of public health, especially the African HIV and AIDS pandemic.

HEARD conceives of, conducts, and disseminates innovative trans-disciplinary research to influence public health policy and practice in Africa, with a particular emphasis on engaging decision-makers. Its unique intellectual orientation arises from a recognition that no single discipline or mode of expertise on its own can successfully address deeply impacted health issues, which are never simply bio-medical, but often entail socio-cultural determinants of behavior, health systems funding and organization, and the full range of development issues.

Benefits: R540, 000

Applications are welcome from citizens of all African countries. To qualify for this fellowship, applicants must

  • Hold a Master’s Degree in a pertinent subject or a first or upper second class degree.
  • Undertake to register for a Ph.D. dissertation (full time) at the University of KwaZulu–Natal (UKZN).
  • Have a track record of professional experience in a health or health-related field.
  • Make a commitment to remain on the African continent for at least TWO years after graduation.
  • Have demonstrable research experience.
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However, applications from female scholars are greatly encouraged.

Application Process
Interested applicants are to submit their applications along with the following documents
  • A CV and letter of motivation.
  • An 8-10 concept note on one of HEARD’s key thematic research areas
  • Certified copies of both their academic qualifications and full academic records. If qualifications were obtained from non-English speaking countries please ensure that an official English translation is included.
  • A certified copy of the applicant’s ID/passport.
  • Two letters of reference, at least one of which must be academic. The second can be from an individual of professional standing.
Deadline: April 15, 2021.

For more information and application, visit the official site.