Opportunity: TDR Postgraduate Training Scholarship

Type: MSc Epidemiology in the field of Implementation Science (18 months full-time).

Value: Tuition fees

Location: South Africa

Who Can Apply: International students



About The Scholarship

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 most.




  • Be resident in and a national of a low- or middle-income country1 in the WHO African Region2
  •  Be under the age of 35.
  • Be interested in developing a career in implementation research on infectious diseases of poverty.
  • Be proficient in English.
  • Meet the Programme’s requirements: http://www.wits.ac.za/publichealth/academicprogrammes/postgraduate/master-of-science-in-epidemiology/.



How To Apply

The application process is two-fold and each MUST be completed separately

  •  Application to the University of the Witwatersrand
    Apply by completing a University of the Witwatersrand postgraduate application form online at: Please click here Application fee is R200 for both international and local applications.
  • Application for the TDR scholarship
    The application for the TDR scholarship should be made separately in writing and should include the following documents:
    a. A letter of motivation for applying for the scholarship.
    b. A certified copy of the bio-data page of the applicant’s passport.
    c. Evidence of application to study Implementation Science as the field of study in the MSc Epidemiology Programme at University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Public Health commencing in January 2022.
    d. A comprehensive curriculum vitae, including a description of relevant research and work
    e. Two confidential referee reports should be sent directly by the referees to: [email protected] by 31 July 2021. The referee reports label MUST include the student’s name and application number. The TDR Scholarship applications should be sent to: [email protected]





31 July 2021



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