RFA: Bongani Mayosi National Health Scholars Programme, 2022 Enrolment

Request for Applications
Launch date
Deadline date
Bongani Mayosi National Health Scholars Programme, 2022 Enrolment 12 October 2021
15 November 2021

The Bongani Mayosi National Health Scholars Programme (BM-NHSP) is an initiative by the National Health Research Committee (NHRC) and a partnership between the National Department of Health (NDoH), the Public Health Enhancement Fund (PHEF) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). The objective of the BM-NHSP is to fund the training of 1000 PhDs in health and clinical research over the next 10 years.  Applications are invited for PhD scholarships tenable in South African universities. Funding is towards the completion of the degree and funding is made available for a full degree period (i.e. prescribed time for a PhD) as a tax-free scholarship for full-time study. The value of the scholarship is equivalent to the after-tax take-home salary of the applicant, in terms of the public service professional scales applicable to the qualification(s) of the candidate (excluding overtime pay). Applicants to note that once the benchmarking process has been completed (based on the criteria at the time) and a scholarship amount has been awarded, it will remain fixed for the full duration of the studies irrespective of a change criteria e.g. additional qualifications/credentials obtained or an increase in Occupation Specific Dispensation scales.

The BM-NHSP aims to contribute positively towards efforts to strengthen and accelerate progress towards equity in research capacity development within the National Department of Health Human Capital across South Africa. Priority will be given to hitherto under-represented designated groups, Universities, and or under researched priority research niches.

The purpose of this particular request for applications (RFA) is to build capacity in CoVID-19 research areas and its impact on the following diseases namely: (i) Maternal Neonatal and Child Health (ii) Communicable Disease (iii) Non-Communicable Disease (iv) Health System Preparedness and Resilience to Pandemic Response (not restricted to CoVID-19). The current funding opportunity is targeting the following health professionals: Professional nurses, Dentists and other oral health specialists, Pharmacists, Dieticians, Medical scientists, Occupational therapists, Optometrists and opticians, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Speech therapists and audiologists, Biomedical engineers., who are in their first year of PhD study within the specialized research fields of Biostatistics, Data Science, Digital Health, Demography, Epidemiology, , Health Economics, Genomics/Bioinformatics, Microbiology/Virology and Immunology.

Requirements for application (Check your eligibility before starting your application).

  1. Must be South African citizen/permanent resident
  2. Applicants must hold MBChB or a master’s degree
  3. A fully developed research proposal which has been accepted by the University for PhD study
  4. Current registration at the university in which the degree will be awarded.
  5. Research project must fall within the above listed priority research areas and fields
  6. Written commitment of participation by an experienced research supervisor at the University of registration who is willing to train the student till degree completion.
  7. Availability of research funding, infrastructure and environment for the project to effectively conduct the PhD research project

The closing date for applications is 15 November 2021, and the outcome of this application will be made before end March 2022 barring unforeseen circumstances. The scholarship will commence on 1 April 2022.

The South African Medical Research Council reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications, change the conditions of the award, extend the closing date or make no awards at all. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted within 30 days after the closing date. Applicants who are receiving funding through a different RCD scholarship programme will not be considered.

Required documentation to be submitted

Contact details

Full applications must be completed online and all additional documents requested emailed to Dr Lindokuhle Ndlandla on or before 15 November 2021 at Lindokuhle.Ndlandla@mrc.ac.za / Tel 021 938 0442.
For enquiries, please contact Dr Lindokuhle Ndlandla.

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