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LSHTM 2024 CREATE PhD Scholarship Programme for African Researchers

The CREATE PhD Programme will provide 25 doctoral fellowships to UK professional body registered health professionals who will register for their PhD at one of the five UK Partner Institutions  and conduct their research at one of six African Partner Institutions

In addition, the CREATE PhD Programme will also recruit and support an equal number of fellows based in African partner countries (Uganda, The Gambia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia) to undertake a PhD. The fellows from the African countries will have the choice to register their PhD in their home country or at one of the UK partner institutions.  It is generally expected that all fellows will spend approximately 2 years in the African partner country undertaking their research.

UK recruited fellows will be paired with the African PhD fellow in the same country where they will be based, to create a blended south-north cohort of fellows. All CREATE PhD Programme fellows, regardless of their source of recruitment, will be able to access a large supervisory pool, training and mentorship offered by the Programme.

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About London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is renowned for its research, postgraduate studies and continuing education in public and global health. LSHTM has an international presence and collaborative ethos. It is uniquely placed to help shape health policy and translate research findings into tangible impact. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a public research university on Keppel Street, Bloomsbury, Camden, and a constituent college of the University of London that specialises in public health and tropical medicine. On successful completion of their studi... read more


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LSHTM CREATE PhD Scholarship Programme


Aim and Benefits of LSHTM CREATE PhD Scholarship Programme

The programme will provide a stipend, research costs, PhD registration and cover training costs.

You will receive a highly prestigious PhD Training Fellowship, which includes:

  • Dedicated support from the Project Management Group to support the application process and to provide oversight of your PhD. 
  • Outstanding global health supervisory expertise across a broad range of research themes and academic disciplines including laboratory science, bioinformatics, epidemiology, biostatistics, implementation science, social science and anthropology, development geography, health economics and health policy.
  • Access to African Partner Institutions spread across the continent in countries with different disease burdens and health systems and with exceptional research platforms providing rich research opportunities.
  • Access to relevant postgraduate training courses to promote scientifically rigorous research, and  a rich programme of training and cohort activities.
  • The Digital Global Health Academy, a modular research training programme, aimed at equipping fellows to be future global health leaders
  • A centralised mentorship scheme as an additional support to the supervisory team.
  • Peer-partnering of UK and African PhD fellows, sharing knowledge, ideas and training opportunities, building a mutually supportive community of fellows.

Requirements for LSHTM CREATE PhD Scholarship Programme Qualification

  • African national
  • Willing to be based in one of the Programme African Partner Institutions (linked to the PhD) for the duration of their PhD
  • Requisite training required to undertake the PhD Project (as specified for each project)

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Interview date, Process and Venue for LSHTM CREATE PhD Scholarship Programme

The CREATE PhD Programme is a three-year (full-time or equivalent) PhD programme, which will train future global health research leaders who are not only technically excellent, but are equipped to work effectively across scientific and clinical disciplines in equitable partnerships with their peers in low-income countries.


Application Deadline

April 4, 2024


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) on www.create-phd.org to apply

The PhD programme is open to all candidates who want to undertake research focused on the major global health challenges in Africa. This fellowship programme will provide a 3-year research PhD training fellowship. Candidates apply through a localised admissions process at one of the African Partner Institutions (API), but if awarded a fellowship can be registered at either the API or another institution (e.g. a UK institution) dependent on the individual circumstances of the award.

PhD fellowships are intended to commence on 1st January/April 2024 (unless otherwise indicated) and will have a duration of up to 36 months. The funding will cover tuition fees, stipend, and project related costs such as travel and training. A full list of the PhD fellowship projects is shown in Table 1. The funding available for specific research projects will be determined by the individual APIs.

Candidates submit an application to their API of choice, for a particular pre-identified project, along with any other required documentation (please consult the local recruitment contact point and/or website for further information).

For more details,visit LSHTM website


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