Apply For National Health Scholars Programme (NHSP) PhD Scholarships, 2016

Applications are invited for National Health Scholars Programme (NHSP) PhD Scholarships for doctoral research to be conducted in South Africa or abroad. This programme is aimed at postgraduate students i.e. to study towards PhD as well as academic staff members in Faculties of Health Sciences, Research Councils, Government Departments and other organisations who wish to commence or complete PhD training on a full-time basis. The scholarship will be awarded for a period ranging from one to four years as a tax free scholarship for full-time study in a chosen field. The closing date for applications is 30 October 2015.

Study Subject(s): Fellowships are awarded in various fields / professions of health including e.g. Medical Practioners, Medical Scientist, Psychologist, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacist, Speech Therapist, Physiotherapists, Public Health, Oral Health, Optometrist, Audiologist Biomedical Engineer, Dental Practioner, Dietitians and Social Sciences.

Course Level: Scholarships are available for doctoral research to be conducted in South Africa or abroad.
Scholarship Provider: National Health Research Committee (NHRC), the Public Health Enhancement Fund (PHEF) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
Scholarship can be taken at: South Africa or abroad

Eligibility: Requirements for application:
-South African citizenship/permanent residence.
-A Master’s degree or equivalent.
-A full-developed research proposal for a PhD.
-Current or proposed registration at the university in which the degree will be awarded.
-An experienced supervisor who is willing to host the student for the duration of training.
-Availability of funding and appropriate facilities for the research project.

Scholarship Open for International Students: South African citizenship/permanent residence can apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship Description: Recommendations contained in the 2011 National Health Research Summit Report to build human resources for health research through a large-scale PhD programme for all health professional categories with degree-based qualifications remain important to the SAMRC. The objective, crafted by the National Health Research Committee (NHRC), to fund the education and training of 1000 PhDs in health sciences over the next 10 years remains firmly in focus and well within reach. There now exists evidence that during the past three years, much headway is being made towards this goal. It is further evidence that the partnership between the NHRC, PHEF and the SAMRC is alive and delivering on the mandate. A further, fresh injection of budget by the PHEF to fund PhD Scholarships in 2016 for doctoral research to be conducted in South Africa or abroad has recently been made available.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): The scholarship will be awarded for a period ranging from one to four years as a tax free scholarship for full-time study in a chosen field. Renewal of funding after year 1 will depend on academic performance.

What does it cover? This is a tax free scholarship that is equivalent to the after tax level of pay of the applicant in terms of the public service professional scales applicable to the qualification(s) of the candidate (excluding overtime pay). The level of funding is equivalent to the after-tax take-home pay of the applicant, based on the salary scales of the relevant post (or equivalent) at the Department of Health. The scholarship value may be reviewed annually in line with Public Service regulations depending on availability of funds.

Selection Criteria: Scholarship is awarded on the following criteria:
-Suitability of the candidate
-Quality of the science
-Track record of supervisor
-Research environment

Notification: The announcement of scholarship holders will be made by the end of December 2015.

How to Apply: Please submit applications to Mr Thobile Mabuya at thobile.mabuya-at-mrc.ac.za.

Application Form, Click Here

Scholarship Application Deadline: The closing date for applications is 30 October 2015.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application, Click Here


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