Aubrey Sheiham PhD Research Fellowship 2021 – Wits School of Public Health

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Aubrey Sheiham PhD Research Fellowship 2021 – Wits School of Public Health

The School of Public Health (SPH), University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), invites applications for ONE three-year doctoral scholarship for candidates interested in researching health inequality, inequity and social determinants of health.

Application Deadline: 30th June 2021

About the Award:  Research topics could include but need not be limited to infectious diseases, environmental health, non-communicable diseases and mental health.  This fellowship has been made possible by an endowment from Wits alumnus, dentist and epidemiologist the late Professor Aubrey Sheiham.

Type: Fellowship

Eligibility: We are looking for talented, motivated South African candidates who meet the following requirements:

  • A masters’ degree in a quantitative discipline e.g. public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics, psychology or a similar discipline.
  • A research interest in health inequalities and the social determinants of health at population level i.e. not limited to individuals at high risk of particular disease outcomes.
  • A track record and commitment to publishing research findings in peer reviewed journals.
  • English language proficiency as well as good conceptual and writing skills.
  • Openness to inter-disciplinary perspectives on health inequalities.
  • Collegiality and an interest in team work.


  • The fellowship is tenable for a period of three years, and candidates are expected to have completed the PhD by the end of this period. Please note that the successful fellow will need to apply to the Wits SPH interdisciplinary PhD programme and that the scholarship is contingent on being accepted into the programme. The fellow will receive support to apply to the above-mentioned PhD programme.
  • The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the under-represented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. The University reserves the right to verify all information provided by candidates and to verify credit standing. Please note that correspondence will only be entered into with short-listed candidates. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise.

Eligible Countries: Any

To be Taken at (Country): Johannesburg, ZA

Number of Awards: 1

Value of Award: The fellow will receive support to apply to the above-mentioned PhD programme.

Duration of Award: 3 years

How to Apply: To apply for this position, please submit the following documents on or for internal applicants

Applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. A letter of application, containing a brief motivation for the PhD fellowship
  2. A detailed curriculum vitae highlighting academic qualifications, work experience and list of publications and conference presentations (where relevant)
  3. A 3-5 page concept note for a PhD project nested within one of the focus areas of the fellowship as described above.
  4. A sample of the candidate’s academic writing
  5. Copies of certified academic transcripts, including those pertaining to both the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
  6. Names and contact details or letters of reference from at least three referees (inclusive of two academics that have taught, supervised or worked alongside the applicant).
  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

Visit Award Webpage for Details

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