MRCG at LSHTM invites application for two PhD studentships from interested persons who are of African or UK citizens and meet the stipulated qualifications.

  1. PhD title: “Studies to characterise the effects of dose number, age and genetic factors on the immune response to the human papillomavirus vaccine (Gardasil9®)” Click for more information
  2. PhD title: “Effect of 2g of azithromycin given to women during labour on antibiotic resistance and mechanisms of gram negative bacteria”  Click for more information

Deadline for applications: 13th August 2018.  Candidates are required to submit completed application forms with supporting documents by email to Only short listed candidates will be contacted.  Interested candidates are welcome to e-mail the respective lead supervisors for further details or to discuss their eligibility.

        3. PhD tittle: "Towards the end game: operational research on improving rural housing in sub-Saharan Africa as a
strategy to support malaria elimination".  Click for more information

Deadline for application:  12th September 2018  at  5pm (UK time)

PhD Studentship Application Form

Guidance Notes for DPT PhD Studentship



The West Africa Partnership of the MRC Unit in The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MRC-G at LSHTM) invites applications for an early post-doctoral fellowship based in Dakar (Senegal), from interested persons who meet the stipulated qualifications.

The fellowship is for two years in the first instance and can be renewed depending on availability of funding and research output.

  1. Research Project title: Health systems for maternal and newborn health in West Africa.

Project description:

The successful candidate will work on projects tackling the most pressing needs of maternal and newborn health in West Africa, from a social science perspective. In the first instance the candidate will work on two research projects. The first project will involve an exploratory case study of the health systems of The Gambia and Senegal, in particular the aim is to map out transnational use of health services, similarities and differences between the health systems of the two countries, and to identify interventions to optimise the health system of both countries. The second project will involve an in-depth case study of maternal and newborn health in two regions in Senegal with contrasting maternal and newborn health outcomes. Both projects will rely heavily on qualitative methods. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop her/his own research agenda on maternal and newborn health and submit grant proposals.

Lead Supervisor: Dr Melisa Martinez-Alvarez, ( Maternal and Child Health program, West Africa Partnership, MRC The Gambia Unit at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


Dr Elhadji Mbaye (Institut de Recherche en santé, de surveillance épidémiologique et de formation, IRESSEF)

Professor Carine Ronsmans (LSHTM)


-  PhD within the last two years with experience in a social science applied to public health, maternal health, health systems or related subject.

Additional experience of qualitative methods will be an asset

Prospective applicants are required to submit the following in type-written Microsoft Word format (Ariel, 11pt, normal spacing)

  • An application letter outlining the reasons why you are interested in working on the specific project
  • A maximum of 500 words research plan related to the specific advertised project and a maximum of 500 words about your research career ambition
  • Signed letters of recommendation from two referees who have worked with you in research indicating their phone numbers and emails
  • An outline of your biography or CV

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Deadline for applications: 10th September 2018.  Candidates are required to submit the above documents in by email to Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Interested candidates may wish to contact lead supervisor ( if they wish to get more information about the position.