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HEARD PhD Scholarship 2021 for African Students At the University of KwaZulu–Natal - South Africa

As part of HEARD’s commitment to investing in the development of African scholars, we are offering PhD Scholarships for 2021. 

The scholarship is aimed producing expertly qualified graduates to advise or to be part of influential policy-making or programme implementing entities in Africa, and to pursue additional research priorities.

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About HEARD

HEARD occupies an important interface between research, policy, and advocacy; working with research and advocacy groups to generate innovative ideas and also ensuring these ideas are turned into practical policies to overcome the enormous burden of disease in Africa. The organisation’s longevity, influence and esteem are some indication of the strategic success of the organisation to adapt to the changing landscape of Africa’s health needs and responses. The challenge is to sustain the achievements of the past in another period of change in global health. HEARD conducts research... read more


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Aim and Benefits of HEARD PhD Scholarship

The value of each scholarship is R540, 000 and will be paid in equal tranches over three years and payments will be conditional on research progress. Successful candidates are required to be based in Durban, South Africa, for the duration of the scholarship, with the exception of the time during which they may undertake field research elsewhere.


Requirements for HEARD PhD Scholarship Qualification

Applications are invited from citizens of all African countries. Female candidates and, in the case of South Africa, those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, are especially encouraged to apply.

Also candidates must:

  1. Hold a Master’s Degree in a pertinent subject or a first or upper second class degree together with a track record of professional experience in a health or health-related field.
  2. Have demonstrable research experience.
  3. Undertake to register for a PhD dissertation (full time) at the University of KwaZulu–Natal (UKZN).
  4. Make a commitment to remain on the African continent for at least TWO years after graduation.

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Documents Required for Application

  1. A letter of motivation and CV.
  2. An eight to ten-page concept note on one of HEARD’s key thematic research areas: Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights; Gender Equality and Health; Health Governance and Finance; and Health Systems Strengthening.
  3. Certified copies of both your academic qualifications and your full academic records. If qualifications were obtained from non-English speaking countries please ensure that an official English translation is included.
  4. A certified copy of your ID/passport.
  5. Two letters of reference, at least one of which must be academic. The second can be from an individual of professional standing.


Application Deadline

April 15, 2021


How to Apply

  1. Applicants in the process of completing a Master’s degree will not be considered.
  2. PhD students may not work while studying.
  3. The first scholarship tranche will be released on proof of PhD registration
    and the opening of a South African bank account.
  4. If you have not received a reply within 6 weeks of the closing date, kindly consider your application unsuccessful.
  5. Applications must be submitted to Ms Cailin Hedderwick, PhD Programme Manager ([email protected]) by 15 April 2021.

For more details, visit HEARD website



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