Research Uptake to maximise research impact

Tuberculosis and poverty are fundamentally linked. It is no coincidence that the countries with the highest rates of TB are also some of the poorest and/or most unequal societies and that TB impacts heavily on marginalised groups including those with weak immune systems due to HIV. TB can exacerbate poverty through loss of productivity, associated costs of TB and stigma. 

A key priority of the LIGHT Programme (Leaving no-one behInd: transforming Gendered pathways to Health for TB) is to maximise the impact of its research in 6 policy spaces: global and African regional policy, in the UK and in each of its partner countries (Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and Malawi) by enabling and supporting the policy environment and health systems to improve access to quality, equitable and sustainable health services and medical products. The PhD candidate will specifically deliver and test a theory of change for research uptake, measuring baseline versus intermediate outcomes at both supply and demand sides. The successful applicant will help develop and test the evidence uptake model to be implemented by the core LIGHT Research Uptake team. This model will comprise capacity building, stakeholder engagement, knowledge generation and translation, and strategic communication. The PhD candidate will use operational research techniques to carry out a mixed-methods longitudinal intervention case study, or other appropriate methodology, where the intervention will be the research uptake model.





MSc in a relevant discipline (i.e social science, public policy, communications, research knowledge translation) from a reputable university


Able to be based in Nairobi, Kenya or Lilongwe, Malawi


Able to travel to partner research countries (UK, Nigeria, Uganda) subject to covid-19 related travel restrictions being lifted


A proven competence as an independent social researcher


Excellent presentation skills (scientific writing and speaking)


Experience in training or supporting junior staff





Proven strong background in public health sciences and tuberculosis


At least one first-author publication in a peer-reviewed journal


Experience of working with research institute in Africa



Available funding will include programme fees at the off-site student rate, contribution to research support costs and stipend. Stipends will be in alignment with the standard allocation made by each host institute.

For further information, please contact the Primary Investigator at the institution to which you’re applying  (Eliya Zulu(link sends e-mail)/AFIDEP; Bruce Kirenga(link sends e-mail)/MLI ; Peter MacPherson(link sends e-mail)/MLW ;(link sends e-mail)Jeremiah Chakaya(link sends e-mail)/ReSok; John Bimba(link sends e-mail)/ZRC ).

PhD applicants will be required to have at least a basic right to work in the host country and will need to provide evidence of this prior to commencement of the studentship.

The call for applications for the LIGHT PhD studentships is now OPEN

The link to the online application process and guidance notes can be found here.





Recruitment timeline:

Closing date:                    10th December 2020

Shortlisting:                      Week commencing 11th January 2021

Interviews:                        Week commencing 25th January 2021

Notification date:            Week commencing 1st February 2021    

Proposed start date:      May 2021

Further information on the Studentships can be found on the LIGHT PhD opportunities pages