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  • Thabiso Mnisi

UKZN PhD Scholarship

The Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is a regional and global leader for applied research and policy development on critical health and development challenges for the African continent. HEARD's mission is to influence and support evidence-based policy and good practice to more effectively address Africa’s health and development issues and to contribute to achieving health and sustainable development across the continent.

A critical component of achieving HEARD's mission is investing in the development of African scholars to master quantitative and qualitative research methods for understanding policy problems and for devising, evaluating and/or implementing policy or programmatic solutions. The aim of our PhD programme is to produce expertly qualified graduates to advise or to be part of influential policy-making or programme implementing entities in Africa, and to pursue additional research priorities.


1. Applications are invited from citizens of all African countries.

2. Female candidates and, in the case of South Africa, those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

3. Hold a Master’s Degree (first or upper second class pass or its equivalent)

4. Have demonstrable research experience

5. Undertake to register for a PhD dissertation (full time) at the University of KwaZulu–Natal (UKZN)

6. Make a commitment to remain on the African continent for at least TWO years after graduation.


Applications must include:

1. A letter of motivation, CV, an eight to ten page concept note on one of the three above mentioned three research questions.

2. Certified copies of both your academic qualifications and of your full academic records.

3. A certified copy of your ID/passport.

4. Two letters of reference, at least one of which must be academic. The second can be from an individual of professional standing.

Applications must be submitted to Ms Cailin Hedderwick, PhD Programme Manager Application closing date: 30 January 2020.


The value of each scholarship is R540, 000. It will be paid in equal tranches over three years. Tranche payments will be paid dependent on a satisfactory progress report. Successful candidates are required to be based in Durban, South Africa, for the duration of the scholarship, with the exception of the time during which they may undertake field research elsewhere.

Applicants in the process of completing a Master’s degree will not be considered. PhD students may not work while studying. The first scholarship tranche will be released on proof of PhD registration and the opening of a South African bank account.


Applications must be submitted to Ms Cailin Hedderwick, PhD Programme Manager If you have not received a reply within 8 weeks of the closing date, kindly consider your application unsuccessful.


Application closing date: 30 January 2020.


More information about HEARD is available at

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