HEARD PhD Scholarships for African Scholars in Policy Making in South Africa 2021

The Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division invites applications for the HEARD PhD Scholarships for African Scholars in Policy Making in South Africa for the 2021/22 academic year.

The scholarship is aimed at producing expertly qualified graduates to advise or to be part of influential policy-making or programme implementing entities in Africa, and to pursue additional research priorities.

HEARD occupies an important interface between research, policy, and advocacy; working with research and advocacy groups to generate innovative ideas and also ensuring these ideas are turned into practical policies to overcome the enormous burden of disease in Africa.

For the past 17 years, we have examined the economic case for some of Africa’s most enduring health conditions including HIV and AIDS, gender vulnerabilities, adolescent health and intimate partner violence, health disabilities, particularly those related to medication for chronic diseases.

Worth of Award

  • The value of each scholarship is R540, 000 and will be paid in equal tranches over three years and payments will be conditional on research progress.
  • Successful candidates are required to be based in Durban, South Africa, for the duration of the scholarship. This is with the exception of the time during which they may undertake field research elsewhere.
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  • Applications are invited from citizens of all African countries.
  • Female candidates and, in the case of South Africa, those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, are especially encouraged to apply.

Furthermore, applicants for the HEARD PhD Scholarships must

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

How to Apply

  • A letter of motivation and CV.
  • An eight to ten-page concept note on one of HEARD’s key thematic research areas: Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights; Gender Equality and Health; Health Governance and Finance; and Health Systems Strengthening.
  • Certified copies of both your academic qualifications and your 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 your ID/passport.
  • Two letters of reference, at least one of which must be academic. The second can be from an individual of professional standing.
  • Applications must be submitted to Ms Cailin Hedderwick, PhD Programme Manager ([email protected]).
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Very Important

  • Applicants in the process of completing a Master’s degree will not be considered.
  • PhD students may not work while studying.
  • The first scholarship tranche will be released on proof of PhD registration
    and the opening of a South African bank account.
  • If you have not received a reply within 6 weeks of the closing date, kindly consider your application unsuccessful.

Deadline: April 15, 2021.


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