Applications are open for the 2022-2023 Africa Health Research Institute/UCL MSc Scholarship.

This scholarship is a singular award for the UK academic year September 2022 to September 2023. It is funded by UCL’s Division of Infection and Immunity. The scholarship is administered via AHRI and is for applicants whose academic background and interests are aligned with the programmes of research at AHRI.

This opportunity is open to applicants who permanently reside in South Africa. Applicants must have a high-quality academic record to be considered for this opportunity.

Candidates will go through a competitive round of selection at AHRI. Application for acceptance onto a MSc taught course is separate, and the AHRI nominee will be guided through this process.

Please visit the UCL website to confirm the deadline date for the MSc you wish to apply for funding for – if the deadline falls between 31 March 2022 – 1 June 2022, you are highly encouraged to apply to UCL independently while the AHRI/UCL MSc award applications are being reviewed.

Please note that the AHRI/UCL MSc Scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis. Confirmation of an offer of a place on a UCL Master’s course does not guarantee that you will be awarded the scholarship.

The successful candidate’s research project for the MSc is expected to be aligned with the programmes of research at AHRI. The candidate will be expected to return to South Africa upon completion of the scholarship.

 Eligibility Criteria:

The candidate:

  1. Must be permanently based in South Africa at the time of application.
  2. Must hold a valid passport at the time of application.
  3. Must have an Honours degree equivalent to a Bachelor (Honours) degree with Second Class Division 1 Honours or 70% in an appropriate subject.
  4. The successful applicant will need to be in London to start their chosen course in September 2022.

Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

 The Scholarship will cover:

  1. Full UCL tuition fees for a one-year full-time taught master’s degree.
  2. A round-trip economy air fare to and from the UK.
  3. A monthly stipend to cover housing and living costs for 50 weeks.
  4. National Health Service (NHS) surcharge and Tier 4 visa costs.

AHRI/UCL MSc Scholarship Application Procedure:

Please complete the online AHRI/UCL MSc Scholarship application form and provide a copy of your *academic transcript  and CV The application deadline is 5pm on Friday, 01 April 2022.

 *An academic transcript is a list of the programmes you have been enrolled on and the grades that you have received during your programme of study. Some institutions may also list the credits for each module. You must provide a copy of an official transcript from the Academic Registry or Student Records Office at your institution. The transcript must be: on institutional-headed paper; stamped and signed by the issuing office.

 Application form guidelines:

  1. Personal statement.

You are requested to complete a ‘Personal statement” which allows you to express your motivations and suitability for the programme you are applying to. There is a 1000-word limit for the personal statement.

The personal statement should be written considering the following questions:

  • Why do you want to undertake the programme or research?
  • What are your academic interests?
  • Why do you wish to study at UCL?
  • What educational experience do you have?
  • Do you have any relevant work experience?
  • Have you completed any extracurricular and voluntary activities relevant to the programme?
  • What are your career aspirations?
  1. Details of two referees:

At least one of your references must be academic and someone who has taught you at degree level. If you wish you may provide one professional reference in place of the second academic reference. Please ensure you have spoken to your chosen referees, so they are expecting an invitation to provide a reference for you and are happy to do this. When providing the email address for your referee please use an academic or professional one rather than a personal one, e.g. rather than

  1. The title of the UCL MSc course you wish to study:

Please see below a list of UCL’s Masters courses related to AHRI’s research areas. This includes but is not limited to:

Global Health and Development MSc 

Health and Society: Social Epidemiology MSc

Health Economics and Decision Science MSc

Health Informatics

Health Data analytics

Health data science (CODING)

Health Psychology MSc

Infancy and Early Childhood Development MSc

Infection and Immunity

Medicine MScs (includes Infection and Immunity)

Paediatrics and Child Health: Global Child Health MSc

Population Health MSc (USA, Japan, Europe)

Prenatal Genetics and Foetal Medicine MSc

Reproductive Science and Women’s Health MSc

Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Women’s Health MSc