The University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Public Health, in conjunction with the Special
Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), hosted at the World Health
Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for a full scholarship
supported by TDR to undertake the full-time Master Degree Programme in the field of Implementation
Science.
The degree programme is open to candidates from a range of disciplines including clinical and other
health-related fields; statistics and other quantitative fields, as well as demography and social sciences.
The degree programme should also appeal to candidates who want to become more involved in
research in health-related fields.
The University of the Witwatersrand is one of seven universities around the world participating in the
TDR Postgraduate Training Scheme, which aims to strengthen capacity in implementation research.
Implementation research1
is a growing field that supports the identification of health system bottlenecks
and approaches to address them, and is particularly useful in low- and middle-income countries where
many health interventions do not reach those who need them. The goal of strengthening capacity in
implementation research on infectious diseases of poverty (in particular, the neglected tropical
diseases2
, malaria and tuberculosis) and boosting the number of researchers and practitioners in low
and middle-income countries is in line with the TDR focus on improving the health and well-being of
people burdened by infectious diseases of poverty through research and innovation.
DEGREE PROGRAMME ON OFFER
 MSc Epidemiology in the field of Implementation Science (18 months full-time)

ELIGIBILITY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP
 Be resident in and a national of a low- or middle-income country3
in the WHO African Region4
.
 Applicants should normally be 35 or younger for the Master Programme. Women are
encouraged to apply.
 Be interested in developing a career in implementation research on infectious diseases of
poverty.
 Be proficient in English.
 Meet the Programme’s requirements: http://www.wits.ac.za/publichealth/academicprogrammes/postgraduate/master-of-science-in-epidemiology/
SCHOLARSHIP PACKAGE
The scheme will provide full scholarships for seven Masters in the 2019 academic year and covers the
following:
 Return economy air fare.
 Tuition fees.
 Basic medical and accident insurance.
 Monthly stipend to cover living expenses including accommodation.
 Support for the research project expenses.
Further, recipients’ careers will be tracked with the new TDR Global alumni and stakeholder platform
that will monitor the impact of the programme, as well as provide networking and increased visibility
opportunities for the Fellows.
HOW TO APPLY
The application process is two-fold.
1. Application to the University of the Witwatersrand
Apply by completing a University of the Witwatersrand postgraduate application form online at:
http://www.wits.ac.za/postgraduate/applications/
Application fee is R200 for both international and local applications.
Application deadline is 31 July 2018.
Applicants should note to apply for accommodation also.
For more information on applications, please go to: www.wits.ac.za/askwits for general
application queries or Mrs. Gloria Bowe (Gloria.Bowes@wits.ac.za) for the MSc Programme related
queries

3 World Bank list of low- and middle-income countries:
https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/articles/906519- world-bank-country-and-lending-groups
4 WHO African Region countries: http://www.afro.who.int/countries

2. Application for the TDR scholarship
The application for the TDR scholarship should be made separately in writing and should include
the following documents:
a. A letter of motivation for applying for the scholarship.
b. A certified copy of the bio-data page of the passport.
c. Evidence of application to study Implementation Science as the field of study in the MSc
Epidemiology Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand of the School of Public Health
commencing in the 2019 academic year.
d. A comprehensive curriculum vitae including a description of relevant research and work
experience.
e. Two confidential referee reports should be sent directly by the referees to Mrs Gloria Bowes
(Gloria.Bowes@wits.ac.za).
The application deadline for TDR scholarships is 31 July 2018.
Scholarship applications should be sent to: Mrs Gloria Bowes.

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