£25,000 LSHTM Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellowship for African Scholars UK 

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    Health Studies
  • Country of the Scholarship

    United Kingdom
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Bachelor's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Keppel Street London WC1E 7HT +44 (0) 20 7636 8636

One early-career scientist will be awarded the Fellowship, which will allow them the opportunity to conduct innovative research in the field of planetary health over the course of two years. Possible topics of study include climate change and the implications of land use change, environmental destruction and degradation, and the evaluation of policies and measures to address these risks. The fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate with world-renowned LSHTM faculty, including those at MRC Units. These faculty members come from a wide variety of academic fields, such as epidemiology, health systems, mathematical modeling, data science, diagnostics, social science, anthropology, clinical research, and more. As part of the application process, applicants will be requested to present a research proposal that is tailored to their own areas of research interest. Applicants are required to specify a location for the research, as well as, if applicable, an African institution that will be working in collaboration.


The Fellow must be a citizen of a country that is located south of the Sahara. The successful applicant will be expected to relocate to either the MRC Unit in the Gambia or the MRC Unit in Uganda, depending on which location they choose to work at on a primary basis (Key contact: Dr. Kris Murray, [email protected]). If they are not already based in either location, they will be required to do so.

The following nations are considered to be part of Sub-Saharan Africa according to the definition provided by the United Nations Development Programme: The following countries have been added to the list: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar,


About the Scholarship:

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), which was founded in 1899, is committed to promoting health all around the world by preparing the next generation of health leaders to address important public and global health concerns. The expertise offered by LSHTM covers a wide range of topics, from the atomic to the global, the theoretical to the practical, and the analytical to the political. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is renowned for its international, cultural, professional, and intellectual diversity. Students gain by being exposed to a wide variety of perspectives, which helps to broaden their knowledge across a wide variety of subject areas. Programs that are both specialized and multidisciplinary are typically taught by subject matter experts, whose own research frequently contributes to the development of the instructional curriculum. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) enjoys a stellar reputation across the globe and was presented with the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2021 in recognition of our pioneering work on COVID-19 and pandemic preparedness. Additionally, LSHTM is:


All of the members of the teaching staff are considered to be experts in their respective industries and continue to be active researchers. As a result, they are able to bring their vast amounts of expertise and the most recent information directly into the classrooms and seminar rooms. Because a significant number of the faculty members are well-known, it is possible for students to be instructed by people whose biographies they have read about in earlier research. The LSHTM is a preeminent center for cutting-edge research on a global scale. They oversee hundreds of research programs and research groups that work on all facets of public and global health, and their strategic research centers concentrate on key health issues both domestically and internationally. Learn more about how our research has been applied here.


Students and professionals who are otherwise unable to enroll in a course at LSHTM due to work commitments or a lack of funding have the opportunity to take advantage of the institution’s cutting-edge research and world-class teaching by participating in one of LSHTM’s many free online courses. LSHTM offers a variety of these courses.

These courses provide an initial overview at the postgraduate level on a variety of themes, and they address essential topics that are related to global health. The courses are frequently updated and can be taken at a variety of points during the year. We are constantly working on establishing new training programs.



Scholarship Sponsor(s):  London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

Scholarship Country: United Kingdom

Scholarship Worth: £25,000

Study Level Fellowship

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

The winner of the competitive research fellowship will be awarded a stipend in the amount of £25,000 per year to conduct their research in either Gambia or Uganda. In addition to that, the fellowship will provide financial assistance toward the fellow’s children’s educational costs, as well as pay for the fellow’s housing and annual vacation travel expenses. They will also be provided with a limited funding for research. Relocation assistance as well as assistance with visa applications will be made accessible to overseas applicants.


Eligibility for Scholarship.

  • It is highly suggested that individuals who are based at research institutions in LMICs submit an application. A demonstrated command of the English language is necessary to be considered for the Fellowship. The applications will be evaluated based on the documents that have been supplied and rated using the following criteria:
  • degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) attained within the past three years. Candidates who are certain that they will have earned their PhD by the 1st of September 2022 are eligible to submit an application to us. Only those individuals who have already earned their PhDs will be considered for fellowships.
  • evidence of both interest and experience in doing research on the relationships between shifts in the environment and health
  • Capability to perform a research project relevant to environmental change and health that is of a high scientific level, has the potential to make a clear impact on human health, and that is deliverable during the term of the Fellowship programme.
  • Clear pathway for the work done as part of the Fellowship to assist communities who are disproportionately impacted by environmental change and/or have traditionally been under-served or under-resourced in adaption or mitigation response strategies.
  • There is a possibility that the study will yield original cross-disciplinary insights or methods.
  • Concise proposal outlining how participation in the Fellowship will advance one’s career.
  • Possibility that the initiative will have a beneficial influence that will continue to exist after the Fellowship has come to an end.



The LSHTM Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellowship for African Scholars UK  is open to all International Students


There will be a £20,000 fellowship awarded to a female African student who wants to study at SOAS University of London in honor of Margaret Busby’s landmark new anthology, New Daughters of Africa, published by Myriad. New Daughters of Africa features the work of more than 200 African-American women writers from throughout the world, including well-known names like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith.


Application Procedure

  • The application process consists of two stages, and the timelines for each stage are as follows: 

Stage 1: Interested applicants are encouraged to provide the following materials:

  • Included in the CV is a summary of the most significant outputs and publications (maximum 3 pages)
  • Personal statement (maximum 1 page) describing your professional aspirations and the motivations for your application
  • An overview of the suggested research that will be carried out over the duration of the Fellowship (maximum 1 page)
  • Applications submitted during Stage 1 will be shortlisted by a search committee comprised of experts from across disciplines, and applicants who make the shortlist will be invited to submit full applications during Stage 2.


Stage 2: Applicants that were shortlisted are required to provide the following:

  • Preference for a particular site to carry out the research.
  • They have provided a list of two faculty members at LSHTM (either in London or at the MRC Units in Gambia and Uganda) with whom they plan to collaborate.
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from academic supervisors you’ve had in the past.
  • An updated version of the proposed blueprint that was initially given in stage one (details will be provided after stage 1 selections)
  • Applications, along with any supporting materials that may be necessary, should be emailed to [email protected], with a copy sent to [email protected].
  • The deadline to submit an application for Stage 1 is May 31st, 2022. By the 30th of June in 2022, applicants from Stage 1 will be informed whether or not they have been asked to progress to Stage 2.
  • During the months of July and August in 2022, applicants for Stage 2 will be questioned either in person or “virtually.”
  • In September of 2022, fellowships will be offered to those candidates who have been successful.
  • The beginning date of the Fellowship will be variable; however, the Fellow should begin their position no later than January 1, 2023.


Application Deadline

The application deadline  for  LSHTM Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellowship for African Scholars UK  is  May 31, 2022

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