Call for Applications: PhD Fellowship in Non-Communicable Disease

Are you interested in top-quality research training and mentorship within non-communicable disease research?

Apply today for the MakNCD PhD Fellowship in Health Sciences from Makerere University

The Makerere University Non-Communicable Disease (MakNCD) Research Training Program is seeking applicants for its fully-funded 4-year PhD Fellowship for the 2020 calendar year.

The MakNCD Research Training program is a 5-year collaboration between Makerere College of Health Sciences (CHS) and Johns Hopkins University funded through the United States National Institute of Health (grant No. 1D43TW011401-01). The program aims to build the next generation of Ugandan scholars to address the challenges of NCD prevention and management and promote the use of research findings to inform decision-making and policy. This training program will build upon and leverage resources and mentors from ongoing research and training establishments at Makerere CHS and Johns Hopkins University with an aim to devise comprehensive, tailored mentorship and research experiences for our candidates. The program will focus on four priority NCD groups that pose the greatest burden on the Ugandan health system: chronic respiratory diseases, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, hypertension, and other cardiovascular diseases. In-depth training will span NCD biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and implementation science research modalities.

Successful applicants should have an invested interest and goal to become leading independent research scientists within NCD research in Uganda and internationally.

Expected Outputs:

The PhD student is expected to develop a robust, cohesive, novel independent research project with the close mentorship of their supervisors with the goal of building an independent research career and eligibility for further funding during and beyond the PhD period.

Candidate Profile:

In addition to Makerere University’s PhD in Health Sciences program requirements, this call is open to competitive candidates with the following attributes:

·         Successful completion of a Master’s degree in health sciences or related field

·         Ability to commit to PhD program full-time.

·         Demonstrated interest in NCD research, through prior research participation and/or publications

·         Ability to define a clear area of interest within NCDs and strong research question

·         Demonstrate a basic understanding of global/ National NCD epidemiology

·         Prior statistics experience

·         Motivated, independent, strong teamwork and communication skills

·         Commitment and aptitude towards developing a strong academic career and leadership within NCD prevention and management research

·         Strong English language proficiency, both spoken and written (as demonstrated in writing sample)


Please note: Female candidates and medical doctors are highly encouraged to apply.


Fellowship includes:

·         Full funding support for up to 4 years of the PhD

·         Career mentorship and opportunities for additional independent funding


Application Requirements

·         Completed application form

·         Personal statement/ Career objectives (500-word limit)

·         Concept Paper (3-5 pages or 1200- word limit, excluding references,) *in accordance with Makerere CHS description

o   Background, rationale

o   Problem statement

o   Objectives

o   Conceptual model

o   Methods

o   Ethical considerations

o   Benefits

·         Projected timeline and budget (300-word limit)

·         Mentorship plan (300-word limit)

·         Curriculum vitae

·         3 professional/academic letters of recommendation

·         Copies of unofficial transcripts

·         Professional writing sample (i.e. previous publications)


Application Process:

1.      To request an application form and CV template, please mail and cc’ Program Manager, Charles Batte at

2.      Submit your completed application and all required materials to no later than 5 pm EAT on April 30, 2020.


Important Dates:


1.      Application Deadline: April 30, 2020

2.      Interviews: June

3.      Notification date: July

4.       Proposed start date: August