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Apply For US – South Africa Staff Programme In Global Health – USA 2018

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The University of the Free State, the University of Venda and the University of Virginia (US)has collaborated to offering scholarship opportunities to applicants who are willing to study for a degree programme in Global Health.

This programme is partially funded by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training. The triple partnership aims to provide an enabling environment for high quality mentoring and supplementary resources, to obtain doctorate degrees in the health sciences, with a focus on global health. The global health focus may be in a discipline specific area for example surgery.

Application Deadline: 16th July 2018

Eligible Countries: South Africa

Type: PhD & Short Courses

Selection Criteria: The participants in this staff doctoral training programme will be determined through a formal recruitment process. Applications will be screened for completeness, and assessed by key representatives of the partner institutions for suitability for participation in the programme. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed to understand their readiness to embark on a doctoral programme, interest in global health science, and career plans in academia. The universities reserve the right not to make appointments. Further calls for applications to this staff doctoral programme may follow


  • Candidates must be academic staff members of the partner universities or professional staff in their developmental career stage who support the academic function and occupy permanent full time positions at one of the South African partner universities.
    • Preference will be given to younger candidates who have established themselves in academia by attaining positions as Heads of Departments or Senior Lecturers that aspire to have a PhD.
    • Evidence of academic leadership potential will be a strong recommendation
    • Candidates must have a track record of academic excellence.
    • Candidates must be South African citizens or permanent residents.
    • 80 percent of the cohort must be black and/or female staff members in the mid-forties or younger.

How To Apply:

Applications must be addressed to:
The Office for International Affairs
University of the Free State
Attention: Chevon Jacobs
Email: [email protected]

All applications must include:
• Application letter setting out the reasons why the candidate thinks that she/he would benefit from participating in this staff doctoral training programme and setting out how the candidate would use the skills and competencies gained for the benefit of his home university and the South African higher education system. (Maximum 2 pages)
• A 1-2 page preliminary research proposal, in which you outline the research problem you would like to investigate, the rationale why this research problem should be investigated, and the methodology you would like to use. It should include a short sample bibliography with a maximum of 5 core writings central to the proposed topic.
• A detailed academic curriculum vitae.
• Copies of all post-secondary qualifications and academic records (certified copies to be supply once short listed).


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