TDR Postgraduate Training Scholarship in Implementation Science 2022

Deadline: 31 July 2021
Open to: residents in and a national of a low- or middle-income country in the WHO African Region who are under the age of 35
Benefits: full scholarships


The University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Public Health invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for a full-time funded Master Degree Programme in the field of Implementation Science. The scholarship is provided by TDR, the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases – hosted at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

The goal of the scheme is to enhance graduate training capacity in implementation research and boost the number of researchers in low- and middle-income countries. The focus is on implementation research on infectious diseases of poverty, including the neglected tropical diseases, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/TB co-infection and COVID-19. The training is focused on courses relevant to a career in implementation science. Implementation science 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


Applicants should:

  • Be resident in and a national of a low- or middle-income country in the WHO African Region
  • Be under the age of 35
  • Be interested in developing a career in implementation research on infectious diseases of poverty
  • Applicants must have a four-year honours degree, an MBBCh or other health related degree.
  • Relevant work experience will be an advantage.
  • This degree will appeal to students who want to become more involved in research in their fields.
  • Students come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including medical, microbiology, dentistry, statistics, veterinary science and demography.


The scheme will provide full scholarships for Masters in the 2022 academic year and covers the

  • Return economy airfare between the candidate’s home country and Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Tuition fees
  • Basic medical and accident insurance
  • Monthly stipend to cover living expenses, including accommodation
  • Support for 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 opportunities for networking and increased visibility opportunities for the Fellows.


Apply by completing a University of the Witwatersrand postgraduate online application form.

For further information, please visit the official web page.