Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine PhD Studentship, UK

Publish Date: Oct 08, 2015

Deadline: Oct 23, 2015

Background The Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)  invites applications for a doctoral studentship. The studentship is funded by the Wellcome Trust, as part of Dr Martin Gorsky’s Medical Humanities Investigator Award entitled Health Systems in History: ideas, comparisons, policies. Funding is available for a three year studentship, starting in January 2016. Supervision will be provided by Dr John Manton. The project will explore health systems thinking and policies in mid- and late-twentieth century Nigeria. Project details: Health systems and development: the case of Nigeria 1946 - c. 2000 This PhD studentship will examine the origin, context, and impact of strategic system-level health planning and policy in Nigeria in the late colonial (post-World War Two) and post-Independence periods. The project will assess the emergence and salience of health systems thinking and policy throughout this period. Key considerations include the role of British Colonial Development and Welfare planning, emerging regional and federal health planning apparatus within Nigeria, and Nigerian interaction with international public health planning instruments. Through a combination of archival sources, oral historical material, and published government and NGO documentation, the project will trace the emergence of Nigerian discourse on health systems planning in relation to the politics of independence, of regionalism and federalism, of development, and of military and civilian rule. For further details of the project framework which the student will be expected to address, click here. - See more at: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/funding/wellcome_trust_history_of_medicine_phd_studentship_m_gorsky.html#sthash.UM5O0LuA.dpuf

Research Environment London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is an international centre of excellence in global public health, one of Europe’s leading postgraduate medical institutions and Britain’s national school of public health. The successful student will be part of the Centre for History in Public Health, which has a unique position in the School, where historians rub shoulders with epidemiologists and public health/ health service researchers from all parts of the world. The Centre promotes research and teaching in the history of public health and health systems in the twentieth and twenty first centuries. The student will also join an interdisciplinary network of Health Systems researchers across the Faculty of Public Health and Policy. This studentship is one of four projects within Martin Gorsky’s Investigator Award which examines the intellectual and policy history of health systems thinking. Eligibility Criteria Applicants should hold a Masters qualification from a UK institution or an overseas equivalent in either the history of medicine and health services in twentieth-century Africa, or postwar Nigerian history, or a cognate area. Training in health policy and systems will also be favorable. 


The Studentship is available to full-time students only and will cover full tuition fees (at either the Home/EU or Overseas level), as well as an annual stipend for three years. The stipend in 2015-16 will be GBP 22,278.00.

How to Apply

Prospective applicants should contact John Manton, preferably by email, to discuss their application before applying.

To apply for the Studentship, please complete an LSHTM PHP research study online application, indicating your interest in this studentship in the Funding section of the application (free text box). Please also include:

  • A 1,000-word statement outlining why you wish to apply for this PhD studentship. The statement should explain why you are interested in undertaking this PhD and what experience and skills you would bring to the position. You should discuss any ideas you have for the development of the project, within the framework already set out.  The statement should include details about previous research experience and training and anything else that you feel is relevant.

    Note: This statement will replace the research proposal requested in the research degree application form.
  • A sample of your written work, e.g. a chapter of your Masters’ dissertation

Incomplete applications will not be considered for this studentship.

The closing date for applications is Friday 23 October 2015.

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed, either in person or by telephone or video-link. Interviews are intended to be held in the second week of December 2015.


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