WHO AFRO Fellowship Programme on Public Health Emergencies in Africa

The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) invites interested and eligible candidates to submit applications for a fellowship programme on improving the management of public health emergencies in Africa under the COVID-19 Incident Management Support Team (IMST).

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a challenge to health care systems, particularly in Africa. Every new surge in cases and deaths stresses an already overworked and overstretched workforce, strains resources, and negatively affects health care operations on the continent. The pandemic’s uncertain duration means that health care communities must provide opportunities for stability and growth to the health workforce as it adapts to the ongoing situation. Health care leadership is essential in ensuring the continuity of operations based on effective decision-making and enhanced response operations.

However, the gap between emergencies and public health management skills, leadership, policy, and research has become increasingly evident during the pandemic.

Through a three-month fellowship programme, WHO AFRO seeks to support aspirational Master’s degree students, PhD fellows, and emergency public health managers and leaders (Fellows) in Africa in acquiring advanced skills and competencies for strategizing, managing and leading health programmes that will positively transform future public health emergency response on the continent.


WHO AFRO will provide financial support to the fellows to cover tuition and research fees.


To qualify for WHO AFRO Fellowship Programme on Public Health Emergencies in Africa, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be citizens of any WHO Member State working on COVID-19,
  • Be registered in a Master’s degree programme (Master’s Fellows).
  • Demonstrate potential for effective public health management that can positively impact the health outcomes of populations.
  • Be registered in a PhD programme (PhD/DPhil Fellows).
  • Be a full-time employee (in the public/private sector or academia) with a Master’s degree or public health qualification or PhD (mid- or senior-level career Fellows).
  • Have professional experience in public health.
  • Possess relevant experience that has contributed to the advancement of public health emergency management in Africa.
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Application Process

Candidates must present the following requirements:

  • A recent Curriculum Vitae
  • Confirmation of registration in an academic institution (for Master’s degree and PhD fellows)
  • Letter of employment (mid- and senior-level experts)
  • A 500-word motivation statement for the Master’s degree students outlining their objectives and plan for the fellowship.
  • A 2000 – 3000-word proposal for all applicants (Master’s, PhD students and mid-/senior-level experts) outlining the proposed project 

To apply for WHO AFRO Fellowship Programme on Public Health Emergencies in Africa, click here.

Deadline: November 13, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.

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