Call for TDR International Postgraduate Scholarship on Implementation Science for 2018

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Call for TDR International Postgraduate Scholarship on Implementation Science for 2018
Academic Year
Application deadline for Masters Degree Programme: 31 July 2017
Application deadline for PhD Degree Programme: 31 August 2017
Application deadline for TDR scholarship: 31 August 2017

The University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Public Health announces a call for full-time Master and Doctoral Degree Programmes in the field of Implementation Science. The award for the programmes is provided by TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.
The degree programmes are open to candidates from a range of disciplines including Clinical and other health-related fields; Statistics and other quantitative fields, as well as Demography and Social Sciences. The degree programmes should also appeal to candidates who want to become more involved in research in health-related fields.
Training will be focused on courses relevant to a career in implementation science.
Implementation science is a growing field that supports the identification of health system bottlenecks and approaches to address them, and is particularly useful in low- and middleincome countries where many health interventions do not reach those who need them. The goal of this scheme is to strengthen capacity in implementation science and research on infectious diseases of poverty (in particular, the neglected tropical diseases) and to boost the number of researchers and practitoners in low and middle-income countries. Further information on implementation research is available from:

 MSc Epidemiology in the field of Implementation Science (18 months full-time)
 PhD in Implementation Science within the Interdiscipinary PhD Programme in Public
and Population Health (36 months full-time). Applicants into this PhD programme are
required to sit for and pass the five Implementation Science core courses.
 The scholarship is open to nationals of low and middle income countries in the WHO
African Region that are resident in the region. (

 Applicants should normally be under 35 years for the Master Programme and under 40
years for the PhD Programme. Women candidates are encouraged to apply.
 Applicants must meet the University’s requirements for the level of degree applied for.
The scheme will provide full scholarships for limited number of Masters and PhD Fellows in the
2018 academic year and the scholarship covers the following:
 Return economy air fare
 Tuition fees and basic medical and accident insurance
 A monthly stipend to cover living expenses.
 Support for the Masters or PhD research project expenses
Further, recipients’ careers will be tracked with the new TDR Global alumni and stakeholder
platform that will monitor the impact of the programme, as well as networking and increased
visibility opportunities for the Fellows.
The application process is two-fold.
1. Application to the University of the Witwatersrand
Apply for the desired level of study by completing a Wits postgraduate application form online
at: Application fee is R200 for both
international and local applications. Applicants should note to apply for accommodation also.
Application deadlines are:
31 July 2017 for the MSc Programme
31 August 2017 for the PhD Programme and
30 October 2017 for Accommodation
For more information on applications, please go to: for general application queries or
Mrs. Gloria Bowe ( for the MSc Programme related queries and
Mr. Paul Bohloko ( for the PhD Programme related queries.

2. Application for the TDR scholarship
The application for the TDR scholarship should be made separately in writing and should include
the following documents:
a. A letter of motivation
b. A certified copy of the bio-data page of the passport
c. Evidence of application to study Implementation Science as the field of study in the MSc
Epidemiology Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand or the Interdisciplinary
PhD Programme of the School of Public Health commencing in the 2018 academic year
d. A comprehensive curriculum vitae including a description of relevant research and work
e. Two confidential referee reports should be sent directly by the referees to Mrs. Gloria
Bowes (
The application deadline for TDR scholarships is 31 August 2017 for both the MSc and
PhD Programmes.
Scholarship applications should be sent to: Mrs. Gloria Bowes ( and
copied to Dr. Latifat Ibisomi (