PACF Fully-funded MSc Scholarships for Students from sub-Saharan Africa 2017 – UK

Two highly competitive PACF Scholarships are available to applicants from sub-Saharan Africa intending to study at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on a one-year, full-time, London-based 2017-18 qualifying MSc programme.

Application Deadline: midnight (GMT) on Sunday 23rd April 2017.

Eligible Countries:  sub-Saharan Africa

To be taken at (country): UK

About the Award: The Positive Action for Children Fund Scholarship Programme combines completion of a health/development-focused qualifying MSc programme with practical industry experience to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be effective advocates and catalysts of change in their home country, with a particular focus on championing the role of community interventions in contributing to the HIV and global health response.

The programme’s objectives are to:

  • build knowledge, understanding and skills in global health theory;
  • apply this learning within the development industry context through practical experience;
  • develop strategies to address in-country health gaps and accelerate country-level responses, with a particular focus on community-led interventions; and
  • grow in-country advocates and catalysts for positive change in HIV/AIDS programming.

Fields of Study: The qualifying programmes are: MSc Control of Infectious Diseases, MSc Epidemiology, MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing, MSc Public Health, and MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research.

Type: Masters

Eligibility: To be eligible for these scholarships, applicants must

  • be nationals of, and resident in, countries in sub-Saharan Africa; and
  • intend to return to sub-Saharan Africa on completion of their MSc year at the School; and
  • have 2 years experience working with within community-based HIV/AIDS and/or public health interventions, and
  • confirm (by submitting an application for this scholarship) that s/he would not otherwise be able to pay for their proposed programme of study, and
  • agree to undertaking a 3 month placement with PACF, in their London office, during the summer (whilst simultaneously undertaking their MSc project); and
  • meet the School’s minimum English language requirements, as required for admission to study, if short-listed; and
  • hold an offer of admission for 2017-18 for one of the following London-based MSc programmes of study listed above

Selection Criteria: Applicants should ensure they demonstrate outstanding experience and qualifications in their study and scholarship applications, as appropriate. Preference will be given to those candidates who show how their skills and knowledge might be applied to community HIV/AIDS interventions, and who explain how they will be effective catalysts of change in their communities, particularly with regard to community HIV/AIDS interventions, once they have completed their MSc programme of study.

Number of Awardees: 2

Value of Scholarship: Each scholarship will cover

  • tuition fees, including any mandatory field trip fees, and
  • a tax-free stipend (living allowance) of GBP 16,500.00, and
  • GBP 2,000.00 towards MSc project costs, and
  • a training support grant for the practical learning element of the award.

Duration of Scholarship: 1 year

How to Apply: 

  • Each applicant should submit only one PACF MSc Scholarship application. We would therefore encourage applicants to check carefully their online application and attachment before submission, as the first application submitted will be the one considered and there will be no opportunity to upload the Supplementary Questions Form after submission.
  • Applicants who have already submitted a completed 2017-18 London-based MSc application for study and/or have been made an Offer of Admission should apply for the scholarship by completing the scholarship application (Step 2 above) and submitting this by the deadline. – Incomplete applications will not be considered for this funding.

Incomplete applications includes those with missing supplementary documentation at either/both Steps 1 and 2 above.

By applying for this funding applicants agree to its Terms & Conditions written in the Scholarship Webpage

Visit Scholarship Webpage for details

Award Provider: Positive Action for Children Fund

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