AHRI/UCL PhD Studentship Awards for African Students 2023

AHRI/UCL PhD Studentship Awards for African Students 2023

The AHRI/UCL PhD Studentship award covers tuition fees and living costs for two candidates to undertake a PhD at UCL. The award is funded by UCL’s Division of Infection and Immunity and is open to applicants who permanently reside in South Africa.


The proposed PhD research must be in the field of Medical Sciences and/or Population Health. This covers everything from single molecules through to cells and tissues to whole organisms and animal and human populations for improved human health and well-being worldwide.

Students will be expected to spend most of their time in South Africa, conducting their research at AHRI. While in London, students will be expected to attend seminars, postgraduate club meetings and other UCL doctoral students’ events.

About Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI)

The Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) is a multidisciplinary, independent research institute based across two sites in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Our goal is to become a source of fundamental discoveries into the susceptibility, transmission and cure of HIV, TB and related diseases. We also seek ways to improve diagnosis, prevention and treatment. To achieve this, we bring together leading researchers from different fields, use cutting-edge science to improve people’s health, and help to train the next generation of African scientists.

Aim and Benefits of AHRI/UCL PhD Studentship Awards

The PhD studentships will fund:

  • All fees for a three-year doctorate at UCL per year
  • Two round-trip economy airfares to and from SA to the UK (per award)
  • Support for reasonable London living costs for up to one year
  • UCL bench fees
  • Support for Durban living costs for two years

Requirements for AHRI/UCL PhD Studentship Awards Qualification

Applicants must:

  • Be domiciled in South Africa at the time of application
  • Hold a letter of recommendation from a proposed supervisor at UCL*
  • Be working with AHRI already or hold an approved letter of support to complete a PhD at AHRI*
  • Be willing to stay in London for up to one year during their PhD studies. This time can be split into two periods of six months if required

Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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Documents Required for Application

Upload the following documents:

  1. Letter of recommendation from your proposed supervisor at AHRI.
  2. Letter of recommendation from your proposed supervisor at UCL.
  3. A copy of your academic CV.
  4. Certified copies of your academic transcripts and original certificates.

Application Deadline

June 2, 2023

For more details, visit AHRI website.


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