University of KwaZulu-Natal Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) Phd Scholarship 2020

The Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is a regional and global leader for applied research and policy development on critical health and development challenges for the African continent. HEARD's mission is to influence and support evidence-based policy and good practice to more effectively address Africa’s health and development issues and to contribute to achieving health and sustainable development across the continent.


The value of each scholarship is R540, 000. It will be paid in equal tranches over three years. Tranche payments will be paid dependent on a satisfactory progress report. Successful candidates are required to be based in Durban, South Africa, for the duration of the scholarship, with the exception of the time during which they may undertake field research elsewhere.

Applications are invited from 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 (first or upper secondclass pass or its equivalent).
  • Have demonstrable research experience.
  • Undertake to register for a PhD dissertation (fulltime) at the University of KwaZulu–Natal (UKZN).
  • Make a commitment to remain on the Africancontinent for at least TWO years after graduation.


  • A letter of motivation.
  • CV.
  • An eight to ten page concept note on one of the three above- mentioned three research questions.
  • Certified copies of both your academic qualifications and of yourfull academic records. In the case of qualifications obtainedfrom non-English speaking countries and English translationmust be included.
  • A certified copy of your ID/passport.
  • Two letters of reference, at least one of which must beacademic.

Application Deadline: 30 January, 2020.

For more information: VISIT HERE TO APPLY

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