London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is inviting applications for the ISEG Postgraduate Training Fellowship program in Medical Statistics for African Scientists in the United Kingdom for the 2021/22 school year.
The Scheme allows promising research scholars from Sub-Saharan Africa to undergo MSc training in Medical Statistics at LSHTM. This will be succeeded by a year functioning as a statistician at one of its associate centres in Africa. The fellows keep on getting mentoring, supervision and backing for the length of their fellowship program from members of its Group.
The summer project, selected by the fellow, usually offers an introduction to the research topic to be explored further during the appointment year. During the fellowship year, the fellow is exposed to various facets of research. They comprise study design, data management, analysis and publishing of findings. Fellows are also mentored by local statisticians and researchers and also important ISEG members.
Eight ISEG Postgraduate Training Fellowship awards are obtainable, financed by the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health at LSHTM, to offer assistance for two years of training in medical statistics. For the initial year, the successful candidates will enrol for the MSc degree program in Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).
This will be succeeded by a one-year professional placement at one of the African centres linked with the research program of the MRC International Statistics and Epidemiology Group (ISEG) at LSHTM. At the time of the professional placement, training fellows will improve their statistical and research aptitude by working on projects with guidance from ISEG scientists.
Worth of ISEG Postgraduate Training Fellowship
Eight places are obtainable for 2021-22 and each fellowship program comprises:
- 2021-22 tuition fees (at the foreign fee rate)
- Stipend (living allowance) of £16,800
- Return air travel to London
- A stipend for MSc research project costs
- Support to attend workshops and networking occasions after conclusion of the MSc
Eligibility for ISEG Postgraduate Training Fellowship
To be qualified for the ISEG Postgraduate Training Fellowship program, applicant should be/have
- (i) be a resident and citizen of a nation in sub-Saharan Africa
- (ii) possess at least an upper second-class honours degree program from a UK school, or an equivalent standard qualification at a non-UK school, or an acceptable qualification in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine.
- (iii) possess a present role as a public health practitioner at one of the African institutional associates or a partner Institution. Their employer will be required to offer a letter of support affirming that the fellow will be excused from work obligations for the full one-year period of the MSc program, and that the fellow’s position or an equivalent position will be open for them to return to after conclusion of their studies. The letter must also express backing for the Fellow to have protected time (suggested one day each week for a 10-week period) to undergo the pandemic short program following the MSc.
- (iv) possess minimum of 2 years and not up to 15 years’ full time equivalent work experience since conclusion of their first degree.
- (v) be able to satisfy the English language criteria for the LSHTM MSc Epidemiology as specified in the English language requirements policy
- (vi) be devoted to keep on working as a public health practitioner in Africa for at least two years after concluding their studies.
Award will not be granted as a complement to other funding, nor to scholars who possess funding from other sources.
How to Apply for ISEG Postgraduate Training Fellowship
Applicants have to submit their application through the online portal. A CV and academic transcript have to be submitted as part of the application.
Applications for the 2021 ISEG Postgraduate Training Fellowship program will be start from March 1 and end on April 30, 2021.
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