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Funding Opportunities

10 African Union Scholarships for the Masters Programme in Epidemiology at the University of the Witwatersrand, School of Public Health
for the 2019 Academic Year

The Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) - a Specialized Technical Health Agency of the African Union, invites qualified candidates to apply for a full scholarship to undertake the full-time study in the Master of Science in Epidemiology degree programme at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Public Health. DETAILS HERE: African Union Scholarships for the Masters Programme in Epidemiology



 The Wits School of Public Health (SPH) invites applications for ONE three-year doctoral scholarship for a candidate interested in researching the social epidemiology of hypertension among adolescents in rural South Africa. DETAILS HERE: AUBREY SHEIHAM FELLOWSHIP 2018


Call for applications
Postgraduate Training Scholarships in Implementation Science for 2019 Academic Year

Application deadline: 31 July 2018

The University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Public Health, in conjunction with the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), hosted at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for a full scholarship supported by TDR to undertake the full-time Master Degree Programme in the field of Implementation Science. DETAILS HERE: 2019 Implementation Science Call


 Call for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) MSc fellowships - 2019 Academic Year.

Application deadline: 31 July 2018

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world with headquarters in London and in collaboration with the DELTAS Africa Sub-Saharan African Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics (SSACAB) programme is offering funding to support a PhD or MSc in Biostatistics Students in order to build capacity and to train the next generation of biostatisticians. DETAILS HERE: GlaxoSmithKline MSc


MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The MSc is a full time degree, taught over 18 months. The first 12 months comprise 12 one-week contact courses, with assignments, plus mid-year and year-end examinations. Students need to travel to Johannesburg to attend the courses and to write the examinations. In addition, research is conducted by the student with the output being a research report or research paper.

For more information visit the MSc website:

Who is eligible to apply for a bursary?

  • Applicants need to have an appropriate four-year tertiary qualification (or equivalent), as indicated on the websites above.
  • Applicants must be South African citizens or permanent South African residents. Applicants must be committed to conducting asbestos-related research.

How to apply

Interested applicants who meet the eligibility criteria can email Prof Gill Nelson at with a strong motivation as to why they require a bursary for their studies. In addition, please include:-

  • A comprehensive CV (please detail all qualifications and work experience)
  • A letter explaining why you want to do the MPH/ MSc
  • Why you require a bursary.

The closing date for bursary applications is October 2018. Eligible applicants will be interviewed by a committee set up by the trustees of the Trusts.

In addition to applying for the bursary, all candidates must apply online for the MPH or MSc by July 2018 (

Scope of the bursary

The bursary covers all tuition fees but does not cover costs incurred in attending the MPH/MSc, e.g. books, transport, accommodation, meals, and incidental costs. Nor does it cover any research-related costs.