MRCG Doctoral Training Programme Scholarship

Have you ever pondered the impact of digital diagnostics on reproductive health in West Africa? Could your expertise contribute to transformative research at the MRC Unit The Gambia? What if a fully-funded PhD studentship under the guidance of Professor Julie Balen at LSHTM was within your reach? Imagine being at the forefront of health innovation—why not take the leap?

Medical Research Council Unit the Gambia (MRCG) Doctoral Training Programme Scholarship

Are you an African citizen passionate about advancing your academic career in medical research? The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MRCG at LSHTM) beckons you to explore a monumental opportunity. This illustrious institution, representing a significant investment in medical research within a low and middle-income country, is the pinnacle of scientific expertise and research excellence in West Africa.

Doctoral Training Programme Scholarship

The MRCG at LSHTM is thrilled to announce the commencement of applications for its coveted PhD studentship. This programme is designed to hone your expertise and fully immerse you in the field of digital diagnostics within the sphere of reproductive health in The Gambia.

Project Insight

Under the primary supervision of Professor Julie Balen, an Honorary Senior Researcher at MRC Gambia at the LSHTM, you will dive into a project aimed at evaluating the health system and population readiness for digital diagnostics in reproductive health. This immersive experience promises to be intellectually stimulating and career-defining.

PhD Programme Structure

This full-time, four-year studentship starts as soon as a successful candidate is recruited. You’ll be at the forefront of collaborative efforts between the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM and Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, backed by full financial support.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered, you must possess:

  • An MPH/MSc in a relevant field such as Global Health, Public Health, or Reproductive Health.
  • Proven experience in qualitative and/or mixed methods research.
  • Demonstrable skill in working within multidisciplinary teams.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication abilities.

While not mandatory, it would be advantageous if you have:

  • Proficiency in data analysis tools (e.g., NVIVO, STATA).
  • A background in reproductive health technology and digital innovations.
  • A cooperative spirit that enhances team efforts.

Application Process

The closing date for applications is 5th December 2023 at 16.00 pm GMT. Interested candidates should request further information and an Application Form via email at:

Note: For a more detailed conversation, you can reach out directly to Professor Julie Balen at

Commitment to Equality and Data Protection

The MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM is not only an Equal Opportunities Employer but also maintains a stern No Smoking Policy. Rest assured, your personal data will be safeguarded as per the Unit’s stringent data protection policies, ensuring confidentiality throughout the selection process.

Final Thoughts

This scholarship is more than just financial support; it is a gateway to unparalleled research opportunities and personal growth. If you meet the requirements and are driven to make significant contributions to the field of digital diagnostics in reproductive health, do not let this chance slip away.

Step forward into a world of scientific discovery and academic excellence. Make your mark and help shape the future of global health research.

Embark on your journey to become an agent of change in medical research with the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM. Apply now and transform your vision into impactful reality.

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