CREATE PhD Programme for African Researchers 2024

The CREATE PhD Programme will provide 25 doctoral fellowships to UK professional body registered health professionals who will register for their PhD at one of the five UK Partner Institutions  and conduct their research at one of six African Partner Institutions

In addition, the CREATE PhD Programme will also recruit and support an equal number of fellows based in African partner countries (Uganda, The Gambia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia) to undertake a PhD. The fellows from the African countries will have the choice to register their PhD in their home country or at one of the UK partner institutions.  It is generally expected that all fellows will spend approximately 2 years in the African partner country undertaking their research.

UK recruited fellows will be paired with the African PhD fellow in the same country where they will be based, to create a blended south-north cohort of fellows. All CREATE PhD Programme fellows, regardless of their source of recruitment, will be able to access a large supervisory pool, training and mentorship offered by the Programme.

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CREATE PhD Programme

  • Category Fellowship
  • OrganisationCREATE PhD Programme
  • Country to study -
  • School to study -
  • Course to study Not specified
  • Application Deadline April 4, 2024

Aim and Benefits of CREATE PhD Programme

The programme will provide a stipend, research costs, PhD registration and cover training costs.

You will receive a highly prestigious PhD Training Fellowship, which includes:

  • Dedicated support from the Project Management Group to support the application process and to provide oversight of your PhD. 
  • Outstanding global health supervisory expertise across a broad range of research themes and academic disciplines including laboratory science, bioinformatics, epidemiology, biostatistics, implementation science, social science and anthropology, development geography, health economics and health policy.
  • Access to African Partner Institutions spread across the continent in countries with different disease burdens and health systems and with exceptional research platforms providing rich research opportunities.
  • Access to relevant postgraduate training courses to promote scientifically rigorous research, and  a rich programme of training and cohort activities.
  • The Digital Global Health Academy, a modular research training programme, aimed at equipping fellows to be future global health leaders
  • A centralised mentorship scheme as an additional support to the supervisory team.
  • Peer-partnering of UK and African PhD fellows, sharing knowledge, ideas and training opportunities, building a mutually supportive community of fellows.

Requirements for CREATE PhD Programme Qualification

  • African national
  • Willing to be based in one of the Programme African Partner Institutions (linked to the PhD) for the duration of their PhD
  • Requisite training required to undertake the PhD Project (as specified for each project)

Interview date, Process and Venue for CREATE PhD Programme

Up to 5 fellowships will be awarded every year over 5 years, starting from 2022. Applicants will apply for defined projects spanning a range of disciplines including epidemiology, data science, statistics, social science and anthropology, laboratory science and health economics. Fellows will be part of a close-knit cohort, receiving bespoke research training and professional skills and mentorship to equip them to be future global health leaders.

Application Deadline

April 4, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to CREATE PhD Programme on to apply

The PhD programme is open to all candidates who want to undertake research focused on the major global health challenges in Africa. This fellowship programme will provide a 3-year research PhD training fellowship. Candidates apply through a localised admissions process at one of the African Partner Institutions (API), but if awarded a fellowship can be registered at either the API or another institution (e.g. a UK institution) dependent on the individual circumstances of the award.

PhD fellowships are intended to commence on 1st January/April 2024 (unless otherwise indicated) and will have a duration of up to 36 months. The funding will cover tuition fees, stipend, and project related costs such as travel and training. A full list of the PhD fellowship projects is shown in Table 1. The funding available for specific research projects will be determined by the individual APIs.

Candidates submit an application to their API of choice, for a particular pre-identified project, along with any other required documentation (please consult the local recruitment contact point and/or website for further information).

For more details, visit CREATE PhD Programme website.


   Deadline for Stage 1 applications: Friday 10th November 2023 (23.59 GMT)

·        Stage 1 outcomes communicated: mid-December 2023

Deadline for Stage 2 application: Tuesday 4th April 2024 (23.59 GMT)  

·        Interviews: w/c 8th May 2024

·        Stage 2 outcomes communicated: mid-May 2024

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