ISEG East and Southern African Consortium for Outbreak Epidemiology Training (ENTRANT) Fellowships
Zambart is a research-focused non-governmental organisation that conducts research on HIV and Tuberculosis to help control and mitigate the impact of the dual epidemic. Zambart staff form an interdisciplinary team with a range of expertise including epidemiology, clinical science, social science, laboratory, operations research, health systems and services research, health policy analysis, health economics, health communication research compliance and counselling.
Zambart, with the support from the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Program (EDCTP) is offering an opportunity for ENTRANT training fellowship program which seeks to develop a critical mass of infectious disease epidemiologists to work with National Public Health Institutes and Ministries of Health and their academic and research partners, to prevent and respond to emerging outbreaks and public health emergencies. The programme, funded by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), will support 15 African scientists over two academic years (2021 – 2023) to complete a one year full-time MSc degree in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. In addition to the MSc taught courses, fellows will also complete an LSHTM short-course on pandemic preparedness, response and research led by members of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) and a three-month MSc research project in their home country.
Zambart is working in collaboration with the ISEG Outbreak Epidemiology Training Fellowship.
Eight places are available for 2021-22 and each fellowship includes:
2021-22 tuition fees (at the overseas fee rate)
Stipend (living allowance) of £16,800
Return air travel to London
An allowance for MSc research project expenses
Support to attend conferences and networking events after completion of the MSc
To be eligible, candidates must:
Be a resident and national of a country in sub-Saharan Africa
Hold a minimum of an upper second-class degree from a reputable university in Zambia or elsewhere, or an equivalent qualification in a relevant field such as medicine.
Hold a current role as a public health practitioner at one of the African institutional partners (listed above) or an affiliate Institution Their employer will need to provide a letter of support guaranteeing that the fellow will be released from work commitments for the full one-year period of the MSc, and that the fellow’s post or an equivalent role will be available for them to return to following completion of their studies. The letter should also express support for the Fellow to have protected time (recommended one day per week for a 10-week period) to undertake the pandemic short course following the MSc.
Have at least 2 years and less than 15 years’ full time equivalent work experience since completion of their first degree.
Be able to meet English language requirements for the LSHTM MSc Epidemiology specified here https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/sites/default/files/english_language_requirements_policy.pdf
Be committed to continue working as a public health practitioner at Zambart or the Ministry of Health in Zambia for a minimum of two years after completing their studies.
How to apply:
Candidates should complete their application through the online portal: https://fellowship.lshtm.ac.uk/#/get-started.
Please note: the online application system includes a personal statement section. Candidates should use this section to give further details on their current role in public health and how they will be in a position to contribute to public health activities and disease outbreak preparedness and response activities following completion of the MSc. They should also set out their commitment to remain working as a public health practitioner in Africa for a minimum of two years after completing their studies.
Documents that must be uploaded as part of the application are listed below:
Letter of support from current employer, including the information specified in point iii) above.
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via Zoom.
Support will not be given as a supplement to other funding, nor to students who have funding from other sources.
Find out more about the MSc in Epidemiology.
Informal enquiries concerning the fellowship can be made to Emily Webb.
Informal enquiries concerning the MSc can be made to the Programme Directors.
Find out more about visa requirements.