Malaria Consortium scholarship for Entomology in South Africa (funded)

The University of Pretoria Call for applications to Malaria Consortium’s Dr. Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology in South Africa.

The scholarship for Entomology has been set up in the memory of Dr. Sylvia Meek, Malaria Consortium’s Global Technical Director who led inspiring and pioneering work in the fight against infectious diseases, and malaria in particular, before her untimely passing away in 2016. 

The scholarship, established in Sylvia’s honor by Malaria Consortiumwill empower a new generation of public health entomologists and malaria staff in Africa and Asia. Given the limited number of field-oriented vector biologists and the challenges African countries face in achieving malaria elimination, this scholarship is a great opportunity to support the next generation of public health entomologists in support of this quest. 

The following projects in public health entomology are available for the current call:

  • Malaria entomology and insecticide resistance in a high disease burden region ofSouth Africa
  • Seasonal variation in mosquito community structure and associations with larval habitats at hotels in a region of South Africa with residual malaria transmission
  • Improved forecasting of mosquitoes associated with arbovirus transmission in South Africa 
Duration: Two calendar years

The Dr. Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology will cover

  • tuition fees, 
  • research allowance to the total value of ZAR60 000 (ZAR30 000/year)
  • ZAR 78 000/year for upkeep
  • an allowance for travel to South Africa (if non-national) and return home after completion of the programand 
  • health insurance for the duration of the MSc program.
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To be eligible for the Dr. Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology at the University of Pretoria, applicants must

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Be nationals from the following countries: Angola, Benin, Burkina FasoBurundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, MaliMozambique, Niger, the Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, TogoUganda, Somalia, South Sudan, SudanZambia, and Zimbabwe.

  • have successfully completed an Honours degree or equivalent in Entomology or a related discipline
  • have good knowledge of English (the language of instruction)
  • demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, entomology and the control of vector-borne diseases 
  • not be older than 35 at the time of submission.
Application Process

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must first of all

Prepare in partnership with the potential supervisor(s) a preliminary proposal of no more than 2 pages (including relevant references) for one available research project. The proposal must include a project title, background and justification, objectives, methodology, and budget with a brief justification.


Applicants should send an application to Prof. Christopher Weldon at the University of Pretoria (, including the following documents:

  • A cover letter not exceeding one A4 page
  • A 2-page preliminary proposal developed in collaboration with the potential supervisor
  • Bachelor’s and Honours degree academic transcripts (grade report where the completed courses are listed, including interpretation of grades when not numeric)
  • English proficiency test result or any other proof of proficiency in English for applicants from countries where English is not the official language.
Deadline: February 8, 2021

For more information visit the official site.