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) 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: [email protected]
Please access the following website for more details:
2. UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA:
Institutional lead: Prof. Henry Mwambi: [email protected] Contact for MSc enquiries:
3. UNIVERSITY OF MALAWI, MALAWI
Institutional lead: Jupiter Simbeye: [email protected]
Contact for MSc enquiries:
Dr. Jupiter Simbeye: [email protected],cc.ac.mw or Mr Tsirizani Kaombe: [email protected] Please access the following website for additional information: http://biostat.maths.cc.ac.mw/
4. UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI, KENYA
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: [email protected]
Contact for MSc enquires:
Mr. Victor Selengia: vselengia [email protected]
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: [email protected]
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: [email protected] and copied to Dr. Eustasius Musenge: [email protected].
List of collaborating institutions in the GSK/SSACAB training programme
Name of Institution
University of the Witwatersrand
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
University of Northumbria
University of KwaZulu Natal
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme
University Medical Center Utrecht
Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College
University of Malawi
Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research
University of Nairobi
University of Zambia
University of Kinshasa
Democratic Republic of Congo
University of Namibia
Medical Research Council
Human Sciences Research Council
Centre for AIDS Programme of Research
Nonhlanhla Yende Zuma
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