July 12, 2016

Master’s Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine for Low and Middle-Income Countries

Masters Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Course(s) Offered: Public Health, Tropical Medicine
Course level: Masters (research fellowship)
Provider: The Wellcome Trust
Country to Study in: Any country, Distance learning

Scholarship Description
This Masters Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine strengthens scientific research capacity in low- and middle-income countries, by providing support for junior researchers to gain research experience and high-quality research training at Masters Degree level.

Research projects should be aimed at understanding and controlling diseases (either human or animal) of relevance to local, national or global health. This can include laboratory based molecular analysis of field or clinical samples, but projects focused solely on studies in vitro or using animal models will not normally be considered under this scheme.

Fellows must be based in a low- and middle-income country for their research project. The Trust does not provide Masters schemes for UK/RoI-based researchers.

You should be:
  • A national or legal resident of a low- and middle-income country, and hold a first degree in subject relevant to tropical medicine or public health (clinical or non-clinical). See list of countries below.
  • At an early stage in your career, with limited research experience, but have a demonstrated interest in or aptitude for research.
Eligible groups
The list of eligible low- and middle-income countries include:

African Countries:
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Dem. Rep. , Congo, Rep., Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Federation Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey , Uganda, Ukraine, Rep. Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Other Countries:
Afghanistan, Albania, American Samoa, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Arab Rep., El Salvador, Fiji, The Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Islamic Rep. Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Korea, Dem Rep., Kosovo, Kyrgyz, Republic Lao PDR, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mayotte, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russian, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Serbia, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis St. Lucia St. ,Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Syrian, Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, RB Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza Yemen

Participating Institutions
You must be based at an eligible host institution in a low- or middle-income country for the research project. Master's training may be undertaken at a recognised centre of excellence in any location. Master's degrees by distance learning can be supported.

Fields of Study
Research should be aimed at understanding and improving public health and tropical medicine of local, national and global relevance. Public health and tropical medicine cover a wide range of health problems, including communicable and non-communicable diseases

The Wellcome Trust is particularly interested in requests for research training support in the social sciences, demography, health economics, medical statistics and vector biology.

Number of Awards
The number of Wellcome Trust Master's Fellowships is not specified.

In partnership with the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland, a joint Wellcome Trust-Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland Master's Fellowship has been established. Two joint awards per annum will be made, in addition to the Wellcome Trust Master's Fellowships. Joint awards will be considered during the selection process for the Wellcome Trust Master's Fellowships - no separate application is required.

Sponsorship duration
This fellowship normally provides up to 30 months’ support. A period of 12 months should normally be dedicated to undertaking a taught Masters course at a recognized centre of excellence, combined with up to 18 months to undertake a research project.

Scholarship benefits
Fellows will receive a stipend in accordance with the cost of living in the country in which he/she will be studying; travel costs and support for approved tuition fees. Masters training by distance learning is acceptable.

Masters course fees will be paid according to the rate charged by the training institution.

A salary is provided for the period of the research project. Project-dedicated research expenses (consumables, small items of equipment, collaborative travel and support to attend scientific meetings, fieldwork and data collection) are also provided. Overseas allowances will be provided where appropriate. Contributions to other costs of the project that are directly incurred by the overseas institution may also be provided.

Research-dedicated costs (excluding salary/stipend costs) should not exceed £20 000 per annum.

Method of Application
A new grants system (the WT Grant Tracker) has been launched to replace eGrants, the former electronic application system. The full application will be reviewed by the relevant Interview Committee, which makes the final decision. Please note that candidates are not interviewed for these Fellowships.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply to this scholarship award.

Applications are considered twice a year. The application deadlines are 22 March 2016 and 30 August 2016. Late applications will not be considered.

Final decision by Interview Committee is in June 2016 (for March deadline), and November 2016 (for August deadline). Fellowships must be taken up within one year of award.

You should give careful thought to identifying sponsors and supervisors who possess strong track records in research, training and mentorship. These individuals should provide you with guidance during the application process and throughout the Fellowship.

You may not apply for more than one Wellcome Trust fellowship at any one time.

The Wellcome Trust reserves the right not to process an application if the scheme's eligibility criteria are not met or if the application has not been completed in full.

Application Deadline: 30 August 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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