Candidates applying for an Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) MSc scholarship must meet the following criteria.
Candidates applying for a Scholarship at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine must:
- be of African nationality and normally be resident in sub-Saharan Africa,
- be fluent in English. If the applicant’s first language is not English or if the studies at university have not been conducted wholly in the medium of English candidates must take and pass one of the approved internet-based tests (IELTS, TOEFL or a Pearson Test of English) (http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/prospectus/english.html). The standard of English needed to pass the tests is high and is in line with the level of English required by the UK Border Authority in order to issue a student visa.
- have a first or upper second class BSc degree or equivalent from an established university in a relevant area of science (a medical degree is not essential),
- usually have had at least two years’ prior research experience in an area relevant to the study of infectious diseases, and
- have the support of the head of their institution for undertaking their chosen course.
Applications will be considered by a selection committee comprising two representatives each from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK and the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki, plus two distinguished African scientists.
Criteria on which selections will be based include past academic experience, evidence of a commitment to research as shown through work experience and publications, evidence of an aptitude for independent learning (which is especially important for candidates wishing to take the distance learning degree), a personal statement of why attending the chosen course will further their career, and referees’ reports.
Priority will be given to candidates at an early stage of their scientific career.
Shortlisting of candidates will be done electronically, and final selection of shortlisted candidates will be done through a video link or teleconference. Up to four awards per year will be made, with the awards being distributed between London and Nagasaki. Funds are currently available to support the programme for an initial five-year period.
The panel will make recommendations about scholarship support but cannot guarantee a successful candidate a place on the course that they select. An award will be conditional on a candidate meeting the criteria set by the host institution for entry on to the course that they wish to take, and on being offered a place on this course.