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CREATE PhD Scholarship Programme 2024 For African Researchers


The CREATE PhD Programme will provide 25 doctoral fellowships to UK professional body registered health professionals who will register for their PhD at one of the five UK Partner Institutions and conduct their research at one of six African Partner Institutions.

In addition, the CREATE PhD Programme will also recruit and support an equal number of fellows based in African partner countries (Uganda, The Gambia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia) to undertake a PhD. The fellows from the African countries will have the choice to register their PhD in their home country or at one of the UK partner institutions. It is generally expected that all fellows will spend approximately 2 years in the African partner country undertaking their research.

UK recruited fellows will be paired with the African PhD fellow in the same country where they will be based, to create a blended south-north cohort of fellows. All CREATE PhD Programme fellows, regardless of their source of recruitment, will be able to access a large supervisory pool, training and mentorship offered by the Programme.


The programme will provide a stipend, research costs, PhD registration and cover training costs.

You will receive a highly prestigious PhD Training Fellowship, which includes:

  • Dedicated support from the Project Management Group to support the application process and to provide oversight of your PhD.

  • Outstanding global health supervisory expertise across a broad range of research themes and academic disciplines including laboratory science, bioinformatics, epidemiology, biostatistics, implementation science, social science and anthropology, development geography, health economics and health policy.

  • Access to African Partner Institutions spread across the continent in countries with different disease burdens and health systems and with exceptional research platforms providing rich research opportunities.

  • Access to relevant postgraduate training courses to promote scientifically rigorous research, and a rich programme of training and cohort activities.

  • The Digital Global Health Academy, a modular research training programme, aimed at equipping fellows to be future global health leaders

  • A centralised mentorship scheme as an additional support to the supervisory team.

  • Peer-partnering of UK and African PhD fellows, sharing knowledge, ideas and training opportunities, building a mutually supportive community of fellows.


  • African national

  • Willing to be based in one of the Programme African Partner Institutions (linked to the PhD) for the duration of their PhD

  • Requisite training required to undertake the PhD Project (as specified for each project)

Deadline: Friday 10th November 2023

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