KEMRI-WELLCOME PhD Studentship Application

At the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Programme we are keen to build capacity for research in East Africa. We are aware that good PhD training is the foundation for a successful research career. As such, our PhD scheme is aimed at providing students with an opportunity to carry out their training in a high quality research environment. We have developed a quality assured supervision system that includes both direct supervision teams of two or three senior researchers and student advisory committees that monitors the students’ progress and advise on academic, career and if necessary social issues that may affect the students’ progress. In addition, the students’ progress is monitored through six monthly reports and an upgrading mini viva at the end of the first year to determine their suitability to continue with the PhD training. Our supervision system is internationally recognised and we are now an Affiliated Research Centre of the Open University of the UK with authority to wholly supervise students registered with that University.

Admission to the PhD scheme is through winning a studentship in a competitive interview process. The studentships are proposed by potential supervisors and are mainly funded from a Wellcome Trust capacity building Strategic Award. Those who win the studentships are appointed for a six month probation period during which they are assessed for their suitability for registration for PhD. At the end of this period the students are either registered directly for their PhD or encouraged to apply for a Wellcome Trust Master Fellowship. The WTM fellowship includes one year taught Masters course and funding to cover the first one and a half year of the PhD training.

Application Process
To apply please register and then use the email and password you have used for registration to login. The login will allow you to access the application form. Kindly fill in all the questions paying attention to word limits where indicated. Make sure you indicate which studentships you are applying for in order of preference. Full details of three (one academic) referees must be provided.

After filling in each page please click on “Save and Continue” for the information to be saved. If you click on “Next” you will proceed to the next page without the information being saved. You can stop at any page and come back later to continue filling the form. Clicking on the “Application summary ” will allow you to see the information you have submitted as at that time.

If you have submitted a PhD application¬† before use please your previous login (by clicking on “apply/continue”)¬† details and proceed to update your details and studentship choice

We are now receiving applications for January 2010 studentships. You can read details of the three available positions once you login. You may fill in the application form over the next two weeks but your application must be fully completed by the 3rd of of November 2009. Only fully filled in applications will be considered for shortlisting. Preference will be given to applicants who are 30 years and below.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted


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