Heard

Working to Advance Health Equity in Africa

Education

Developing African academics to approach health challenges in Africa

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.

Students work in an interdisciplinary environment where real issues, rather than the nuances of debates within specific academic disciplines, take priority in the formation and execution of research questions and strategies. They focus their research on practical challenges, facing a range of different governments and publicly oriented agencies. In addition to developing their academic expertise, students learn how to communicate their findings and analysis effectively so as to have real impact on governments.

2018 PhD Scholarships – Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights/Young Key Populations 

2018 PhD Scholarships – Health Systems Strengthening; Health Economics; Health Financing; Unsafe Abortions; Contraception; Universal Health Care Financing; Gender-based Violence 

PhD Applicants

2018 PhD Scholarships – Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights/Young Key Populations

Six scholarships will be awarded to students undertaking research focusing on key populations in Africa. Starting this year, HEARD has begun a new applied research collaborative aimed at increasing understanding of the needs and challenges sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for adolescent and young key populations across southern Africa. The knowledge gained will inform laws, policies and strategies to improve their sexual and reproductive health outcomes.

The research seeks to answer two central questions:
1. What are the predominant sexual and reproductive health needs amongst different adolescent and young key populations, how do these needs differ from those of the general population of young people and of adult key populations (above age 24), and to what extent are these needs being met by existing services?

2. What are the key challenges in meeting the sexual and reproductive health needs of young key populations? And what opportunities exist to improve the sexual and reproductive health of young key populations and to advance the realisation of their sexual and reproductive health rights?

Key populations include adolescent and young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex individuals, as well as young adult male or female sex workers and individuals who use drugs. They also include individuals whose intersexual identities cross traditional categories of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

2018 PhD Scholarships – Health Systems Strengthening; Health Economics; Health Financing; Unsafe Abortions; Contraception; Universal Health Care Financing; Gender-based Violence 

Six PhD scholarships (full time) will be available to students conducting research in one of the following areas:

  • Health Systems Strengthening
  • Health Economics
  • Health Financing
  • Unsafe Abortions
  • Contraception
  • Universal Health Care Financing
  • Gender-based Violence

Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights/Young Key Populations *Only candidates resident in one of the following countries: Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe will be eligible for consideration. Health Systems

Strengthening; Health Economics; Health Financing; Unsafe Abortions; Contraception; Universal Health Care Financing; Gender-based Violence  *Applications are invited from citizens of all African countries.  Female candidates and, in the case of South Africa, those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants must:

  • Funding will be renewed annually over the three year period dependent on satisfactory progress.
  • The first scholarship tranche will be released on proof of PhD registration and the opening of a South African bank account.
  • If you have not received a reply within 8 weeks of the closing date- 21 July 2017, kindly consider your application as unsuccessful.
  • The value of each scholarship is R600, 000. It will be paid in equal tranches over three years.
  • Tranche payments will be conditional on research progress. 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. The scholarship will commence in February 2018.