New fellowship opportunity for postgraduate study in medical statistics or epidemiology for students from Africa.

Blog 30 Nov 2020
KAMPALA, UGANDA - APRIL 17TH 2018. People go about their everyday business in Kikuubo, one of Kampala's busiest trading areas.

The NIHR Research Partnership for the Control of Chronic Diseases in Africa (RESPOND-AFRICA), is a partnership between researchers, health policy makers and other stakeholders from Tanzania, Uganda, and the UK, conducting clinical and public health studies on the control of chronic diseases in Africa. Our research partners include the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in Tanzania and the MRC/UVRI/LSHTM Uganda Research Unit and we collaborate with other institutions in Tanzania and Uganda and with various researchers in the UK Spain, Ireland and Norway.

We are pleased to offer a fellowship opportunity as part of our capacity development strategy. The scheme will provide funding for 2 years. The first year is to study for an MSc in Medical Statistics or Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The second year will be an attachment based at one of our partner institutions in Tanzania or Uganda working as a statistician or an epidemiologist to gain on-the-job training in clinical, public health or population based research in chronic diseases. Our focus at present is the control of hypertension, diabetes and HIV-infection. We are planning to expand to incorporate mental health in the near future.

To be eligible, candidates must be resident in and be a national of an African country, have an excellent first degree in mathematics, medical statistics or very closely related subject, have at least one year experience of working in Africa as a statistician or epidemiologist and be able to meet English language requirements for study in the UK. He/she should be interested in research on the control of chronic diseases.

Although our preference is for applicants wishing to study the MSc full-time and face-to-face in London, we will consider applicants wishing to study an on-line MSc course provided they can complete their study and attachment within 3 years.

The fellowship will provide full tuition fees, stipend, and one return air fare to London and a competitive salary during the 12-month attachment on a scientist scale at the MRC/UVI/LSHTM Uganda Research Unit or NIMR Tanzania.

We would particularly welcome applications from women, and from Tanzanian and Ugandan nationals.


To apply for the fellowship, please send your CV and a brief supporting statement of less than 300 words to
Fellowship application deadline: January 22nd 2021.
Interviews will be held in early February