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Opportunities: 2015 PhD Scholarship HEARD RSA

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Call for Applications: 2015 PhD Scholarships

The Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division’s (HEARD) PhD Scholarship Programme is offering up to six scholarships in the areas of health governance and finance; health systems strengthening; disability, health and livelihoods; and gender equality and health. Recipients will be based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Under the supervision of Professor Nana Poku and with the generous support of SIDA/ NORAD, HEARD is offering up to six PhD Research Scholarships (full time) in any of the following key areas of strategic focus:

Health Governance and Finance;
Health Systems Strengthening;
Disability, Health and Livelihoods; and
Gender Equality and Health.

Award of the HEARD PhD Research Scholarship is conditional on candidates meeting the requirements for PhD registration in Economics in the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and on participating in a compulsory training component during the first year of study. The training component will be conducted over four two-week blocks during the first year of study. Candidates will produce a thesis related to one of HEARDs priority research nodes, as detailed above, and which has a specific Economics focus. The Scholarship programme aims to emphasise the mastery of quantitative and qualitative methods for understanding policy problems and for devising, evaluating and/or implementing policy solutions.

The intention of providing PhD scholarships is to produce expertly qualified graduates to advise or to be part of influential policy making organisations in Africa. During their PhD, students will be strongly encouraged to present their work at international meetings and funds will be made available for this purpose.

The value of each scholarship is R270 000 and will be paid in tranches over three years. Tranche payments will be conditional on research progress. Successful candidates will 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.

For more information, refer to www.heard.org.za/vacancies.

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