CEBHA+ Doctoral Scholarship: Call for applications

Call for Applications

The Collaboration for Evidence-Based Healthcare and Public Health in Africa (CEBHA+), invites doctoral students to apply for a 3-year scholarship.

Sub-Saharan Africa is affected by a substantial burden of disease, with premature deaths due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and unintentional injuries being on the rise. There is thus a substantial need to develop and implement evidence-based interventions to prevent and treat NCDs and unintentional injuries in Africa, as well as to address their root causes. CEBHA+, a research network with partners in many African countries, including South Africa, Malawi, Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia has emerged from this need. The Network aims to build long-term capacity and infrastructure for evidence-based healthcare and public health in sub-Saharan Africa, by focusing on both prevention of disease and delivery of care for NCDs.

Each of the doctoral candidates will be hosted at one of three institutions:
Conditions of the scholarship:
The successful doctoral candidate will be expected to:
  • Conduct policy relevant NCDs-related research within the low and middle income country (LMIC) public health context
  • Submit at least 2 manuscripts emerging from the doctoral research to peer-reviewed journals
  • Complete his or her doctoral studies within 3 years after first registration (by the end of 2021)
  • Repay the scholarship amount given if the candidate fails to complete his or her studies within the expected period.

Details of the scholarship:
The total scholarship is valued at € 24,000 and will be paid out over 3 years. The scholarship will be administered through the successful candidate’s university; and it will cover tuition fees and research costs, and contribute towards living expenses. Payment of the scholarship will be as per the university policy; and continued payment of the scholarship will depend upon the candidate’s satisfactory progress against agreed goals. The successful candidate will be mentored by experienced researchers within the CEBHA+ Network.

Eligibility criteria for applicants per institution:
South African Medical
Research Council
Stellenbosch University
(South Africa)
University of Malawi
CitizenshipNot a criteriaNot a criteriaMalawian citizen
QualificationsMaster's degreeMaster's degree in Public Health or Epidemiology
PhD registration at UniversityStudents already registered or accepted and intend to register at any university in sub-Saharan AfricaStudents already registered or accepted and intend to register at these institutions
Research backgroundPublic health, global health, clinical epidemiology, or nutrition or related fieldPublic health and epidemiology
Research interestNCDs-related research and evidence synthesis methodsEvidence-based health care, epidemiology, public health
PhD proposal topicPolicy relevant NCDs-related research within the LMIC public health contextPolicy relevant NCDs-related research within the LMIC public health context or evidence-based health care
EmploymentNot more than 20hrs/week
Contact personBey-Marrie SchmidtTraci NaidooSuzgika Lakudzala
Email address of contact

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria should please submit the following documents by 26 November 2018.
  • Completed application form
  • Copy of Passport/ID
  • Full CV
  • Motivational letter outlining relevant research experience
  • Proof of registration from doctoral candidate’s university (if applicable)
  • Summary of intended doctoral research
Please note:  Incomplete applications will not be considered

This scholarship is part of the Collaboration for Evidence-Based Healthcare and Public Health (CEBHA+) Research Project which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the Research Networks for Health Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa Funding Initiative.