Global Health Research in Africa Doctoral Training Programme – 2022-2027

Programme Summary

This Programme is a partnership between LSHTM and four other UK universities – Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), Kings College London (KCL), Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), and St George’s University of London (SGUL), as well as six African Partner Institutions – Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI, Zimbabwe), Zvitambo Institute for Maternal and Child Health Research (Zimbabwe), Medical Research Council Gambia (MRCG), Medical Research Council Uganda (MRCU), Centre for Innovative Drug Development and Therapeutic Trials for Africa (CDT-Africa, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia), Zambart (Zambia).

Programme Information

This Wellcome Trust funded Programme is focusing on funding up to 5 PhD Fellowships per year, for 5 years and runs from 2022 to 2027 and will fund 25 Fellowships in total. It is open to early career healthcare professionals that have a focus on improving health and wellbeing in Africa. Applications from nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals (NMAHPs) are actively encouraged.

In addition, the Programme will provide 25 Fellowships for Africans based in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ethiopia, The Gambia, or Uganda and affiliated to the African Partner Institutions over the course of the Programme. Fellows will have the choice of registering for their PhD in their home country or at one of the UK partner institutions.

More information about these Fellowships and recruitment procedures to follow. If you are interested in applying for one of the African Fellowships, please do not apply through the route below. There will be a separate recruitment process for these Fellowships and we will release information as soon as it is available.

There are five cross-cutting themes :

  • Infectious disease;
  • Sexual and reproductive health;
  • Maternal, child and adolescent health;
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Mental health.

Applicants should be interested in spending extended periods of time at one of the Programme African Partner Institutions in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, The Gambia, and Uganda as part of their PhD, and will spend a minimum of 12 months in country.

This is a full time, fixed term post (part-time equivalent is available) funded by The Wellcome Trust based at one of the partner/host institutions: The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, St George’s, University of London or Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Candidates accept that, if successful, they may be awarded a fellowship at any of the five partner institutions.

Programme Eligibility

This Programme is aimed at supporting health professionals who wish to undertake rigorous research training.  Support is for three years (or part-time equivalent) and includes an NHS matched salary, research expenses, home rate tuition fees, and training and travel costs. Applicants must be practising healthcare professionals and be registered with a national professional regulatory body in the UK/Republic of Ireland (eg – General Medical Council, Health and Care Professions Council). Medical graduates must be registered on a UK/Republic of Ireland specialist training programme or must be a registered GP.

Appointments will be made to match an appointee’s current NHS salary (Junior Doctors/Dentists, GPs, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (NMAHPS)) plus London allowance if applicable.

Medical doctors, dentists and vets will be placed on the standard clinical academic salary scale for doctors in formal clinical training in the range £39,467 to £53,077 plus £2,162 London allowance where applicable.

NMAHPS will be placed on the appropriate scale of their employing institution, and could be in the range of £39,304 to £44,634. Placement on the scales will be according to an appointee’s current salary, stage of training (if applicable) and transitional pay arrangements and will be subject to approval by the employing institution.

All applicants should not have more than 10 years whole time equivalent (WTE) career experience (calculated taking into account parental, medical and other formally documented leave) after full professional qualification at the time of applying.

All applicants must have an interest in global health research and be looking to develop their academic career.

All applicants must have completed their undergraduate degree.

Applicants should maintain their clinical skills, if applicable.

Application Process

Closing date for the receipt of applications for the first year has now passed.

If you have applied, you may direct any queries regarding the process to Please quote reference ITD-CRD-2021-21.

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the requirements in the job description. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as “Please see attached CV” will not be considered acceptable. 

For any queries, please contact

Short Listed Candidates

Candidates shortlisted for the programme will be referred to potential supervisors for discussions on possible research projects, and will work with a supervisor to develop a proposal on their research project for submission to the interview committee.

Interviews will be held at the end of May/beginning of June 2022 at which short listed candidates will be expected to give a 10 minute presentation on their research proposal. Up to five candidates will be selected for the Programme.

Key Dates for 2022

Application deadline – 31st January 2022

Interviews – end of May / beginning of June 2022

Documents for download

Please note that the LSHTM application form that can be found on the LSHTM jobs application page should still be completed in full, and the documents below should be included in your attachments.

UK Programme application form

Equal opportunities form

Application guidance (UK Programme applications)

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