The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia offers annually three full-time Phd studentships to African and UK citizens.   These studentships enable qualified applicants to undertake a three-year  research project under the guidance of supervisors  leading to the submission of a thesis and an award of Phd qualification by a UK university. The research projects are developed by MRC The Gambia scientists in collaboration with a UK university.  Each year, the research projects vary and the research is conducted in the Gambia.  The selected students do visit the UK institution to register and take courses that will give them the knowledge and skills needed to conduct the research. Also, students attend international conferences to broaden their knowledge and meet international experts in their research area. The successful candidate can register for the PhD degree with the following universities: Open University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Edinburgh, University of Aberdeen, University of Antwerp in collaboration with Institute of Tropical Medicine, University of Warwick.

Full financial support is provided which includes stipend, tuition fees, research training grant, conference, travel allowances for students and supervisors.

The studentships are awarded through a competitive selection process. Applicants must have a good honours degree at first or upper second class level or higher qualifications.  The successful candidates must be highly motivated and capable of independent work.  The application forms for the studentships could be obtained by sending an email to the Learning and Development Department at training [at] mrc [dot] gm. Interested applicants should submit electronically their completed application forms together with their CVs and testimonials from their references before the stated deadline. This deadline changes annually.