H3Africa CEBioGen MSc and PhD Scholarships

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H3Africa CEBioGen MSc and PhD Scholarships

 

The University of Ghana Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and the School of Public Health (UGSPH) are inviting suitable candidates from Africa for MSc and PhD scholarships at the University of Ghana School of Public Health, Accra Ghana for the 2019/2020 academic year.

 

Background

The University of Ghana Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research and the School of Public Health (UGSPH), in collaboration with six other institutions, have secured funding to train one-off 2 PhDs and 2 MSc students per year until 2022 under the H3Africa CEBioGen ELSI Collaborative Centre. The overall aims of the CEBioGen are to identify best practices for community engagement in genomics and biobanking in Africa and to strengthen the capacity of a critical cadre of ethics and community engagement practitioners who can support the implementation of genomic and biobanking projects in Africa. The research projects will be conducted under the auspices of two funded H3Africa projects; the Africa-Wits INDEPTH Collaborative Centre for Genomics of cardiometabolic diseases (AWI-Gen) and the Kidney Disease Research Network (KDRN). These projects will elicit key stakeholders’ views on the value of community engagement in genomics, examine the key ways in which local communities should be involved in genomics and biobanking in Africa, how community engagement should support feedback of research findings and what African moral theory should underpin CE in Africa.

 

The selected candidates will carry out a research project on an ethics and/or community engagement related topic which is relevant to the aims of H3Africa and CEBioGen. The following topics will be desirable

 

           Perspectives of key stakeholders on the concept of broad consent for reuse of archived samples

          Best practices for engaging communities in genomics and biobanking

          Stakeholders’ views on sharing aggregate data in genomics research

          Ethical considerations in sample and data sharing

          The concept of benefit-sharing in international collaborative research

 

Further information on H3Africa projects is available on the H3Africa website at the following link:  www.h3africa.org

Eligibility

Applicants should

     meet  the  standard  University  of  Ghana  admission  requirements  for  both  local  and international graduate students, and have gained admission to the University of Ghana. (for postgraduate admission requirements at University of Ghana, visit the how to apply to postgraduate programmes page).

     Have a minimum qualification: Bachelor of Arts degree in social science related subjects if applying for the Masters program

     Have a minimum qualification: Masters degree in social science related subjects if applying for the PhD program. Masters in an ethics-related programme is an added advantage

     Training/experience in ethics, community engagement and/or other social science related research activities

    be nationals of, and resident in Africa

 

The  candidate’s  involvement  in  an  H3Africa  funded  research  project  is  an  added advantage. We are looking for candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in Bioethics.

 

  Details of the Scholarship Package

The scholarship is tenable at the University of Ghana, School of Public Health and covers the following:

 

   Full Tuition, research and learning costs

The scholarship will cover the official fees for MSc students (12 months) and PhD students (4 years) at the University of Ghana School of Public Health. This will include tuition, registration, examination, library. This will be paid directly to the University of Ghana upon receipt of an invoice.

 

   Monthly Stipend

The scholarship includes a monthly stipend to cover lodging, living expenses, health insurance and other personal incidentals.

 

   Research Costs

This research cost will cover transport, data collection, qualitative data analysis software, transcription and other project related costs

 

   Travel Costs

The scholarship will cover the cost of a return economy class ticket between the candidate’s

home country and Ghana for international students.

 

  How to apply

The application must be submitted electronically to Dr. Paulina Tindana:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">ptindana@ug.edu.gh with the subject title “H3Africa CEBioGen MSc and PhD Scholarships”.

 

Applicants must simultaneously submit applications for admission into the relevant programme at University  of  Ghana:  http://admission.ug.edu.gh/freshstudents/index.php/graduate-admissions/apply- now.html. Please take note that this is a requirement and the deadline for UG admission is 31 May 2019.

 

 

Candidates must provide the following supporting documentation as part of their application

1.   A letter of motivation

2.   Two letters of recommendation from academic referees.

3.   A two-page concept note on a proposed project

4.   A certified copy of full academic transcript (s) and certificate (s)

5.   A copy of ID/passport

6.   The most current CV (maximum 2 pages)

 

An  application  which  does  not  comply  with  the  above  requirements  will  be  regarded  as incomplete and will not be considered.

For further information, please contact the following: Dr. Paulina Tindana

School of Public Health University of Ghana Legon

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">ptindana@ug.edu.gh

 

Ms. Abena Engmann School of Public Health University of Ghana Legon

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">aengmann@ug.edu.gh

 

Application Deadline

The deadline for submission of scholarship applications is 9th May 2019

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), set up in 1979 as a semi autonomous institute of the University, is the leading biomedical research facility in Ghana.

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