African Universities Doctoral  Scholarships

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The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), in partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Ford Foundation are pleased to announce a new fellowship to support doctoral students at African universities.

The African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship (ADDRF) seeks to facilitate more rigorous engagement of doctoral students in research, strengthen their research skills, and provide the fellows an opportunity for timely completion of their doctoral training.

The fellowship targets doctoral students with strong commitment to a career in training and/or research.

This first call focuses on students whose theses address issues relating to heath systems strengthening in Africa.

The African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship (ADDRF) will award a maximum of 16 fellowships[1] in the first year.

These fellowships will be awarded to advanced doctoral students who are within two years of completing their doctoral thesis at an African university.

Dissertation topics addressing health systems-related issues or sexuality from any disciplinary perspective are eligible for consideration.

Applicants must:

  • Be citizens or permanent residents of a sub-Saharan African country,
  • Be undertaking doctoral training at a recognized African university,
  • Have completed all pre-dissertation requirements, Provide a detailed time-frame for completing their dissertation which should be endorsed by the head of department and the chair of the dissertation committee,
  • Have a research topic that has been approved by their doctoral dissertation committee, as well as the official body overseeing ethical review of the research protocol, and
  • Be able to complete their dissertation within 24 months of the start of the fellowship.

    Eligible fields of study The dissertation research may address any of the following issues: Health Sector Analysis; Health Management and Organization; Disease Burden; Health Care Financing (including health insurance); Quality of Care; Human Resources for Health; Program Evaluation; Health Equity; Costing and Cost-effectiveness; Policy Process (e.g., Decentralization); Community Participation; Research to Practice; Accessibility; Information, Education and Communication; Pharmaceutical Policy; Economic Policy and Health; Health Information Systems; etc. The fellowship for sexuality dissertation research may focus on any of the following issues; sexual orientation, pleasure, sensuality, intimacy, identity, sexual health and practices, the erotic, etc.

    Each individual award will be approximately $15,000. Specific items may include field research, a monthly stipend for up to 12 months, and other research materials (e.g., laptop computer, specialized software or books, etc).

    Applicants may also include the cost of one local or regional conference where the results of the dissertation may be disseminated. Successful candidates will attend two one-week training workshops.

    Deadline: March 29

    Applications should be sent to:

    The ADDRF Manager,
    African Population & Health Research Center,
    P.O Box 10787-00100 GPO, Nairobi, Kenya;
    E-mail: addrf[at]

    For further details, and application materials, contact: African Universities Doctoral Scholarships

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