GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) MSc Fellowships 2019 (Fully Funded)

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is now accepting applications from nationals outside South Africa for its 2019 MSc Fellowships. The deadline for submission of applications for the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) MSc Scholarships is July 31st, 2018. 

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) MSc Fellowships


GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world with headquarters in London and in collaboration with the DELTAS Africa Sub-Saharan African Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics (SSACAB) programme is offering funding to support MSc in Biostatistics Students in order to build capacity and to train the next generation of biostatisticians.

The Sub-Saharan African Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics (SSACAB) training, a consortium of twenty African and northern institutions with the University of the Witwatersrand as the lead; and KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programmes, Universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Northumbria University and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as co-applicants, has secured funding from the Wellcome Trust/AESA through the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS Africa). The full list of participating institutions is listed below. The funding will cover fellows undertaking a MSc programme in Biostatistics in participating training institutions to develop and improve biostatistical skills among researchers, with an ultimate goal of creating research nodes of excellence to grow the discipline and a biostatistical network to nurture researchers with advanced skills and expertise. The GSK and the consortium is therefore calling for full time scholarship applications for MSc degrees.

The GSK MSc scholarships are open to candidates with strong background in Statistics, Mathematics, Demography and any other quantitative fields, including competent candidates from the lab/health fields such as biomedical sciences, pharmacy, medicine who may benefit from a postgraduate course in biostatistics. The potential fellows should have applied for a place at one of the postgraduate biostatistics degree programmes being offered by partner institutions.

This MSc degree programme focuses on quantitative research in health-related fields with the aim of developing a career in Biostatistics, which is a growing field in low and middle-income countries due to increased biomedical research. Therefore, the goal of this financial support is to enhance Biostatistical graduate training capacity and boost the number of researchers and practitioners in low and middle-income countries.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) MSc Fellowships Eligibility.

  • The GSK scholarship is open to nationals outside South Africa and in particular targeted towards individuals in Francophone countries interested in getting trained at partner institutions in the consortium. Individuals from participating SSACAB countries i.e. (Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Namibia and Ghana), need not apply.
  • Applicants should normally be under 35 years for the MSc Programme.
  • Applicants should meet each of the separate University’s admission requirements for the MSc degree before applying for the fellowship.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) MSc Fellowships Benefits.

The scheme will provide full scholarships for MSc Fellows in the 2019 academic year and covers the following:

  • Tuition fees and basic medical and accident insurance
  • A monthly stipend to cover accommodation and living expenses
  • Reasonable support for the MSc research project and supervision
  • Travel costs to and from academic training institution and the host research institution

How to Apply for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) MSc Fellowships.

Applications must provide the academic training institution with:

  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae including relevant research and work experience
  • Letter of motivation explaining why you want to pursue an MSc in biostatistics
  • Certified copies of academic transcripts and degree certificates
  •  Evidence of acceptance or application to study Biostatistics at a partner institution in 2018 academic year
  • Two confidential referee reports should be sent directly to the training institution

MSc scholarships will be given to candidates who are likely to strengthen the GSK/SSACAB collaboration. Awarded Fellows will be tracked with the new SSACAB alumni to increase their visibility and to monitor the impact of the programme.

HOW TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION INTO PARTNER UNIVERSITIES

The first step of the application process:

APPLICATIONS FOR PLACES SHOULD BE MADE TO THE PREFERRED HOST TRAINING INSTITUTION. INSTITUTIONS AND THEIR CONTACT PERSONS ARE LISTED BELOW.

1. UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG:

Institutional lead: Prof. Tobias Chirwa:

Contact for MSc enquiries:

Mrs Busi Mamabolo: Busi.Mamabolo@wits.ac.za

Please access the following website for more details:

https://www.wits.ac.za/publichealth/academic-programmes/DOStgraduate/master-of-science-in-epidemiology/

2. UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA:

Institutional lead: Prof. Henry Mwambi: mwambih@ukzn.ac.za Contact for MSc enquiries:

Ms. Christel Barnard: bamardc@iikzn ac za or Mrs Shereen Marimuthu: Marimuthus@ukzn.ac.za

3. UNIVERSITY OF MALAWI, MALAWI

Institutional lead: Jupiter Simbeye: isimbeye@cc.ac.mw

Contact for MSc enquiries:
Dr. Jupiter Simbeye: isimbeve@,cc.ac.mw or Mr Tsirizani Kaombe: biostat-unima@cc.ac.mw Please access the following website for additional information: http://biostat.maths.cc.ac.mw/

4. UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI, KENYA

Institutional lead: Prof. Patrick Weke: pweke@uonbi.ac.ke
Contact for MSc enquiries:
Dr. Nelson Owuor Onyango: onvango@uonbi.ac.ke

Please access the following website for more details: http://www.mathematics.uonbi.ac.ke

5. KILIMANJARO CHRISTIAN MEDICAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, TANZANIA

Institutional lead: Michael Johnson Mahande: immahande@gmail.com
Contact for MSc enquires:

Mr. Victor Selengia: vselengia 2006@yahoo.com

Please access the following website for more details: www.kcmuco.ac.tz/index.php/admission

6. STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY, SOUTH AFRICA

Institutional lead: Prof Taryn Young: tyoung@sun.ac.za

APPLICATION FOR THE GSK/DELTAS AFRICA SSACAB SCHOLARSHIP

SECOND STEP:- The application for the GSK/DELTAS Africa SSACAB scholarship should be made separately and in writing, as outlined in the MSc scholarship section above. Scholarship applications should be sent to: Dr. Pascalia Munyewende: pascalia.munvewende@wits.ac.za and copied to Dr. Eustasius Musenge: eustasius.musenge@wits.ac.za.

List of collaborating institutions in the GSK/SSACAB training programme

LEAD INSTITUTION

Name of Institution

Country

Institutional Lead

University of the Witwatersrand

South Africa

Tobias Chirwa

CO-APPLICANTS

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

United Kingdom

Jim Todd

University of Northumbria

United Kingdom

Ngianga-Bakwin

Kandala

University of KwaZulu Natal

South Africa

Henry Mwambi

KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme

Kenya

Sam Kinyanjui

PARTNER INSTITUTIONS

University Medical Center Utrecht

The Netherlands

Rene Eijkemans

Stellenbosch University

South Africa

Taryn Young

Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College

Tanzania

Michael Mahande

University of Malawi

Malawi

Jupiter Simbeye

Makerere University

Uganda

Nazarius Tumwesigye

Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research

Ghana

Kwadwo Koram

University of Nairobi

Kenya

Patrick Weke

University of Zambia

Zambia

Patrick Musonda

University of Kinshasa

Democratic Republic of Congo

Kalambayi Kayembe

University of Namibia

Namibia

Lawrence Kazembe

Medical Research Council

South Africa

Samuel Manda

INDEPTH Network

Ghana

Osman Sankoh

Human Sciences Research Council

South Africa

Khangelani Zuma

Centre for AIDS Programme of Research

South Africa

Nonhlanhla Yende Zuma

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