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This Programme is a partnership between King's College London (KCL) and four other UK universities - The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) the lead, Brighton and Sussex Mediclcal School (BSMS), Queen Maryn University of London (QMUL) and St George's University of London (SGUL), as well as six Adfrican Partner Institutions; Biodmedical Research and Traininig  Institute (BRTI, Zimbabwe), Zvitambo Institute for Maternal and Child Health Research, Zimbabwe), Medical Research Council Gambia (MRCG), Meidcal Research Council Uganda (MRCU), Centre for Innovation Drug Development and Therapeutic Trials for Africa (CDT-Africa, Addis Ababa University, Africa), Zambart (Zambia).


This Wellcome Trust funded programme is focussing on funding up to five (5) PhD Fellowships per year, for five years and runs from 2022 to 2027, funding five (5) Fellowships in total. It is open to early career healthcare professionals that have a focus on improving health and wellbeing in Africa. Applications from nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals (NMAHPs) are actively encouraged.

In addition, the Programme will provide 25 Fellowships for Africans based in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ethiopia, The Gambia and Uganda and affliliated to the African Partner Institutions over the course of the Programme,  Fellows will have the choice of registering for their PhD in their home country or at one of the UK partner institutions.

More information about these Fellowships and recruitment procedures are to follow.  If you are interested in aplying for one of the African Fellowships, please do not reply through the route below. There will be a separate recruitment process for these Fellowships and we will release information as soon as possible.

There are five cross-cutting themes:

1. Infectious disease
2. Sexual and reproeductive health
3. Maternal, child and adolescent health
4. Non-communicable diseases
5. Mental health

Applicants should be interested in spending extended periods of time in one of the Programme African Institutions in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, The Gambia and Uganda as part of their PhD, and will spend a minimum of 12 months in-country.

This is a full time, fixed term post (part time equivalent is available) funded by The Wellcome Trust based at one of the host/partner institutions; King's College London, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Meidicine, Queen Mary University of London, St George's University of London or Brighton and Sussex Medical School.  Candidiates accept that, if succesful, they may be awarded be awarded a Fellowship at any of the partner institutions.


  • This Programme is aimed at supporting health professionals who wish to undertake rigorous research training. 
  • Support is for three years (or part-time equivalent) and includes an NHS matched salary, research expenses, home rate tuition fees, and training and travel costs. Applicants must be practising healthcare professionals and be registered with a national professional regulatory body in the UK/Republic of Ireland (eg – General Medical Council, Health and Care Professions Council). Medical graduates must be registered on a UK/Republic of Ireland specialist training programme or must be a registered GP.
  • Appointments will be made to match an appointee’s current NHS salary (Junior Doctors/Dentists, GPs, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (NMAHPS)) plus London allowance if applicable.
  • Medical doctors, dentists and vets will be placed on the standard clinical academic salary scale for doctors in formal clinical training in the range £39,467 to £53,077 plus £2,162 London allowance where applicable.
  • NMAHPS will be placed on the appropriate scale of their employing institution and could be in the range of £39,304 to £44,634. Placement on the scales will be according to an appointee’s current salary, stage of training (if applicable) and transitional pay arrangements and will be subject to approval by the employing institution.
  • All applicants should not have more than 10 years whole time equivalent (WTE) career experience (calculated taking into account parental, medical and other formally documented leave) after full professional qualification at the time of applying.
  • All applicants must have an interest in global health research and be looking to develop their academic career.
  • All applicants must have completed their undergraduate degree.
  • Applicants should maintain their clinical skills, if applicable.


Applications are now open and the closing date is 31st Janaury 2022 and should be made via and the direct link to this vacancy can be found here. Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm GMT of the closing date.

We request an additional completed Programme Application form and an Equal Opportunities form be completed.

any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to and please quote reference ITD-CRD-2021-21.

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the requirements in the job description. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as “Please see attached CV” will not be considered acceptable. 

Closing date is 31st Janaury 2022 10pm GMT.

For any enquires contact

Shortlisted Candidates
Candidates shortlisted for the Programme will be referred to potential supervisors for discussions on possible research projects and will work with a supervisor to develop a proposal n their research project for submission to the interview committee.

Interviews will be held at the end of May/beginning of June 2022, at which shortlisted candidates will b epected to give a 10 minute presentation on their research proposal.  Up to five candiates will be selected fo the Programme.

Application deadline 31st January 2022
Interview - end of May / beginning of June

Please note that the LSHTM application form can be found on the LSHTM jobs application page, and shold be completed in full, and the documents below should be included in your attachements.

UK Programme application form
Equal opportunities form
Application guidance (UK Programme applications)