African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships (ADDRF), 2014

African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships and applications are submitted till March 20, 2014. The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), in partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is offering about 20 doctoral dissertation research fellowships. Each award will be up to a maximum of US$10,000. These fellowships will be awarded to doctoral students who are within two years of completing their thesis at an African university. Successful applicants will be required to publish at least one peer-reviewed article from their dissertation within two years of completing their thesis. Full detail:

School(Institutions/ Country): | Africa

Level: Fellowships are available to doctoral students who are within two years of completing their thesis at an African university.

Field(s): African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships are provided in the field of Health Sector Analysis, Health Management and Organization,
Health Care Financing (including health insurance), Quality of Care and Human Resources for Health, Health Program Evaluation, Health Equity, Cost- effectiveness of Health Care Programs, Community Participation in Health Care or Health Issues, Research to Practice and Health Policy, Health Information, Education and Communication, Pharmaceutical Policy, Economic Policy and Health, Health Information Systems, Health Services Utilization and Accessibility, Health Inequities in Urban Areas and Reproductive Health of Marginalized Urban Communities.

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships are targeted for Citizens from Sub-Saharan Africa (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe)

Deadline: 20 March 2014.

Funded By: The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

‣ Award No: The ADDRF will award about 20 fellowships in 2014.

‣ Scholarship Duration: The fellowship runs for a maximum of four years.

Scholarship covers: Each African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships award will be up to a maximum of US$10,000. This amount will include a completion award of $ 1,000; allowances for a laptop computer and analytical software (e.g. STATA, SPSS, Nudist, Atlas/ti) (US$ 1,500); research/data collection (US$ 5,500); and participation in one regional or international conference or workshop (US$ 2,000). Successful candidates will attend at least one week-long training workshop (Attending the workshop(s) is mandatory). All 2014 awardees are expected to attend a research methodology workshop tentatively scheduled for May 26-30, 2014. During the workshops, grantees will receive training and mentorship on various aspects of research (design and methods, ethics, data analyses, scientific writing, proposal development and communication of research results, etc). The working language for these workshops is English. The students’ home institutions may receive an institutional overhead to support the department and dissertation committee in ensuring timely review of dissertation chapters. Supervisors, whose students complete their PhD within 2 years and who, during the fellowship duration, publish at least one research paper in a peer-reviewed international journal or book with the ADDRF fellow under their supervision, will be eligible to apply for travel awards amounting to $2,500. Three travel grants will be awarded each year (2015-2017). Awards will be subject to the supervisor having a paper accepted for oral presentation in a health systems-focused conference. Africa based supervisors of fellows studying at Francophone universities will be given special considerations for travel grants. Travel awards will be made directly to the supervisors.


The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), in partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), is pleased to announce the seventh call for applications for the African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships (ADDRF).

The ADDRF Fellowship Program seeks to facilitate more rigorous engagement of doctoral students in research, strengthen their research skills and provide them an opportunity for timely completion of their doctoral training.

The Program targets doctoral students with strong commitment to a career in training and/or research.

The overall goal of the ADDRF Program is to support the training and retention of highly-skilled, locally-trained scholars in research and academic positions across the region.


‣ The African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships will primarily support research (including data collection and/or analysis). Funds will not be used to support coursework.

Applicants must:

‣ Be citizens or permanent residents of a Sub-Saharan African country;

‣ Be undertaking doctoral training at a recognized African university;

‣ Have completed all pre-dissertation requirements;

‣ Provide a detailed time-frame for completing their dissertation which should be endorsed by the head of department or the chair of the dissertation committee;

‣ Have a research topic that has been approved by their doctoral dissertation committee, as well as the official body overseeing ethical review of the research protocol; and

‣ Be able to complete their dissertation within 24 months of the start of the fellowship.

Eligibility Criteria:

The African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

‣ Candidate’s scientific background and potential to develop a strong research career

‣ Scientific merit of the proposed research project including originality of research question(s); clarity and adequacy of the study design; demonstrated knowledge of relevant/current literature; detailed analysis plan; ethical considerations, etc.,

‣ Research environment including commitment of main supervisors and department to facilitate timely completion of the dissertation,

‣ Well-elaborated statement on the policy relevance of the research, and
-Budget summary and justification, including clear plan to complete the dissertation within 24 months.


‣ The fellowship program is expected to result in several high-quality doctoral dissertations from sub-Saharan African universities.

‣ Successful applicants will be required to publish at least one peer-reviewed article from their dissertation
within two years of completing their thesis.

Scholarship Application Method

‣ This form must be submitted electronically.

‣ Applications must include the following documents to be considered (Applications not meeting these requirements will not be reviewed):

  • A completed application form;
  • Proof of citizenship or permanent residence in a sub-Saharan African country (e.g. copy of passport or other national identification);

  • Two letters of reference (at least one must come from a faculty member with extensive knowledge of applicant’s academic history and performance and must document how the candidate’s dissertation research into ongoing research programs in the department).
  • Referees’ contact information must be provided in the application form.
  • Evidence that the research protocol has undergone review and received approval from an approved ethical review board and the dissertation committee or is under review for the same.

‣ Scholarship Applications are due on 20 March 2014.

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

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