The ISEG Postgraduate Training Fellowship in Medical Statistics for African Scientists launched in 2005 and forms a key part of ISEG’s investment in capacity strengthening. The Scheme enables promising research students from Sub-Saharan Africa to undertake MSc training in Medical Statistics at LSHTM followed by a year working as a statistician at one of our partner centres in Africa. The fellow continues to receive mentoring, supervision and support for the duration of their fellowship from members of our Group.
The summer project, chosen by the fellow, often provides an introduction to the research topic to be pursued further during the placement year. During the placement year, the fellow is exposed to different aspects of research including study design, data management, analysis and reporting of findings. They are guided by local statisticians and researchers as well as relevant ISEG members.
The Scheme is highly competitive, receiving hundreds of applications every year. The majority of our fellows are now either working as medical statisticians at research institutions in Africa, or are engaged in PhD studies.
- How to apply - ISEG PG Training Fellowship in Medical Statistics
New for 2021 - ISEG East and Southern African Consortium for Outbreak Epidemiology Training (ENTRANT) Fellowship
Our ENTRANT fellowship programme seeks to develop a critical mass of infectious disease epidemiologists to work with National Public Health Institutes and Ministries of Health and their academic and research partners, to prevent and respond to emerging outbreaks and public health emergencies. The programme, funded by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), will support 15 African scientists over two academic years (2021 – 2023) to complete a one year full-time MSc degree in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. In addition to the MSc taught courses, fellows will also complete an LSHTM short-course on pandemic preparedness, response and research led by members of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) and a three-month MSc research project in their home country.
The ENTRANT fellowship is run in collaboration with our six African Institutional partners:
National Health Laboratory (NHL), Botswana
Haramaya University (HU), Ethiopia
University of Nairobi (UoN), Kenya
Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU), Tanzania
MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit (MUL), Uganda
ZAMBART Project Limited, Zambia
- How to apply - ISEG ENTRANT Fellowship
Eight places are available for 2021-22 and each fellowship includes:
- 2021-22 tuition fees (at the overseas fee rate)
- Stipend (living allowance) of £16,800
- Return air travel to London
- An allowance for MSc research project expenses
- Support to attend conferences and networking events after completion of the MSc
To be eligible, candidates must:
- (i) be a resident and national of a country in sub-Saharan Africa
- (ii) hold a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an equivalent standard qualification at a non-UK university, or a registerable qualification in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine.
- (iii) hold a current role as a public health practitioner at one of the African institutional partners (listed above) or an affiliate Institution. Their employer will need to provide a letter of support guaranteeing that the fellow will be released from work commitments for the full one-year period of the MSc, and that the fellow’s post or an equivalent role will be available for them to return to following completion of their studies. The letter should also express support for the Fellow to have protected time (recommended one day per week for a 10-week period) to undertake the pandemic short course following the MSc.
- (iv) have at least 2 years and less than 15 years’ full time equivalent work experience since completion of their first degree.
- (v) be able to meet the English language requirements for the LSHTM MSc Epidemiology as set out in the English language requirements policy
- (vi) be committed to continue working as a public health practitioner in Africa for a minimum of two years after completing their studies.
Support will not be given as a supplement to other funding, nor to students who have funding from other sources.
How to apply for the Fellowship:
Candidates should complete their application through the online portal. A curriculum vitae, academic transcript and letter of support from current employer (including the information specified in point iii above) must be uploaded as part of the application.
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