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Doctoral Training Opportunity at the Makerere University School of Public Health (1 Position)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 10:35

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is increasingly contributing to the global burden of disease with health systems struggling to effectively manage prevention and control. This necessitates contextually appropriate, policy relevant solutions with high scale-up potential.

With a capacity building grant from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), a research team at the Makerere University School of Public Health with collaborators at Karolinsika Institute will be conducting a research titled "Innovating health systems and healthcare delivery in rural Uganda: towardsbuilding critical capacity to tackle the rising Type 2 Diabetes challenge"; with overall the aim of strengthening capacity for T2D prevention and care.

A doctoral training scholarship is available under this collaborative research. The scholarship will support tuition fees, relevantshort courses, publication costs, as well as relevant scientific presentations at local and international conferences

How to apply

Highly motivated individuals, capable of self-directed study and interested in developing an academic and/or research career with focus on type 2 diabetes prevention strategies and/or care are invited to apply for this scholarship tenable at the Makerere University School of Public Health.

Applicants must:

  1. Possess a bachelor of medicine and surgery (or its equivalent); OR a bachelors degree in nutrition and/or dietetics
  2. Possess a masters degree in a clinical discipline or public health
  3. Post the masters degree qualification, a minimum of two years working experience in a relevant institution and position
  4. Demonstrated interest in research, scientific writing and publication
  5. Documented evidence of affiliation to Makerere University, or Mbarara University of Science and Technology
  6. Have interest in developing expertise in at least one of the following in resource-limited settings:
    • developing diagnostic algorithms for type 2 diabetes,
    • research into interventions for clinical management of type 2 diabetes
    • research into nutritional interventions for the prevention and/or management of type 2 diabetes

Suitably qualified individuals should address their applications to:

Application procedure

  1. Detailed information about the application for scholarship can be obtained from the Makerere–Sida web portal:
  2. Please include your contact information including your mobile phone number and an email address on the application. In addition, applicants should attach 2 letters of reference as well as copies of their relevant certificates and academic transcripts.
  3. Electronic submission of application for scholarship with supporting documents should be sent to the Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, Makerere University; Email:; Copy to:; Hard copies should be addressed to the Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, Makerere University P.O.BOX 7062 Kampala, Senate Building Level Four, Room 410.
  4. Application deadline is 8th July, 2016 and interviews (where applicable) will be conducted 12th – 15th July, 2016. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

For further information contact:

Dr. David Guwatudde,
College of Health Sciences,

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