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HEARD Scholarships for African Scholars 2021 (Up to R 540,000)

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Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Divison (HEARD) calls applications for PhD Scholarships for African Scholars 2021. As part of HEARD’s commitment to investing in the development of African scholars, we are offering PhD Scholarships for 2021. The scholarship is aimed to produce expertly qualified graduates to advise or to be part of influential policy-making or program implementing entities in Africa, and to pursue additional research priorities.


HEARD Scholarships are open to all citizens of all African countries. Female candidates and, in the case of South Africa, those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, are especially encouraged to apply.


  • Hold a Master’s Degree in a pertinent subject or a first or upper second class degree together with a track record of professional experience in a health or health-related field.
  • Have demonstrable research experience.
  • Undertake to register for a PhD dissertation (full time) at the University of KwaZulu–Natal (UKZN).
  • Make a commitment to remain on the African continent for at least TWO years after graduation.

Funding and Benefits

The value of each scholarship is R540, 000 and will be paid in equal tranches over three years and 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 an exception of the time during which they may undertake field research elsewhere.

Necessary Documents

Applicants must have the following documents to apply

  • A letter of motivation and CV.
  • An eight to ten-page concept note on one of HEARD’s key thematic research areas: Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights; Gender Equality and Health; Health Governance and Finance; and Health Systems Strengthening.
  • Certified copies of both your academic qualifications and your full academic records. If qualifications were obtained from non-English speaking countries please ensure that an official English translation is included.
  • A certified copy of your ID/passport.
  • Two letters of reference, at least one of which must be academic. The second can be from an individual of professional standing.

Terms and Conditions

  • Applicants in the process of completing a Master’s degree are not elligible.
  • 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.
  • If you have not received a reply within 6 weeks of the closing date, kindly consider your application unsuccessful.
  • Applications must be submitted to Ms Cailin Hedderwick, PhD Programme Manager ([email protected]) by 15 April 2021.


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline15 April,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerHealth Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Divison



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