2019 Fully Funded PACF Msc Scholarships for African Students
The Positive Action for Children (PACF) Scholarship Fund combines completion of a health/development-focused qualifying MSc programme with practical industry experience to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be effective advocates and catalysts of change in their home country, with a particular focus on championing the role of community interventions in contributing to the HIV and global health response.
The programme’s objectives are to:
build knowledge, understanding and skills in global health theory;
contribute to Positive Action’s knowledge base with the alignment of the MSc dissertation topic and its strategic areas;
apply this learning within the development industry context through practical experience;
develop strategies to address in-country health gaps and accelerate country-level responses, with a particular focus on community-led interventions; and
grow in-country advocates and catalysts for positive change in HIV/AIDS programming.
Two highly competitive 2019 PACF Msc Scholarships are available to applicants from sub-Saharan Africa intending to study at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on a one-year, full-time, London-based 2019-20 qualifying MSc programme.
Each scholarship will cover
tuition fees, including any mandatory field trip fees, and
a tax-free stipend (living allowance) of GBP 16,950.00, and
GBP 2,000.00 towards MSc project costs, and
a training support grant for the practical learning element of the award.
It is a condition of this funding that PACF Scholars must undertake a three-month practical element at PACF’s London office, during the period they conduct their MSc project. The purpose of this is to provide students with training, learning, and practical experience, and an opportunity to complete their MSc project, whilst undertaking their placement at PACF.
Eligibility for 2019 PACF Msc Scholarships:
be nationals of, and resident in, countries in sub-Saharan Africa; and
intend to return to sub-Saharan Africa on completion of their MSc year at the School; and
have 2 years experience working in any function (board, staff, volunteer etc…) within a grassroots community based organisation with a focus on HIV/AIDS and/or public health intervention. The selection committee consider a grassroots community organisation to be a non-profit group that work with local communities in delivering HIV/AIDS and/or public health interventions. Applications must be from those who are delivering locally based interventions, for example youth group leaders; peer-support group leaders; mentors; peer educators; community outreach workers.
confirm (by submitting an application for this scholarship) that s/he would not otherwise be able to pay for their proposed programme of study, and
agree to undertaking a 3 month placement with PACF, in their London office, during the summer (whilst simultaneously undertaking their MSc project); and
meet the School’s minimum English language requirements, as required for admission to study, if short-listed; and
hold an offer of admission for 2019–20 for one of the following London-based MSc programmes of study:
MSc Control of Infectious Diseases
MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing
MSc Public Health
MSc Reproductive & s*xual Health
MSc Public Health for Development
The selection committee cannot consider applicants who work fulltime within health services or the health system. Experience gained working within grassroots community organisations should not be in addition to working within the health system.
The selection committee can only award this funding to applicants who have at least two years experience working with a focus on HIV/AIDS and/or public health intervention at a community level within a community organisation.
Applicants should ensure they demonstrate outstanding experience in working in a grassroots community organisation. Awards can only be made to those candidates who show how their skills and knowledge might be applied to community HIV/AIDS interventions, and who explain how they will be effective catalysts of change in their communities, particularly with regard to community HIV/AIDS interventions, once they have completed their MSc programme of study. If a number of suitable candidates are shortlisted, the panel may consider other application details including prior studies and qualifications, in order to make an award decision.
The 2019 PACF Msc Scholarships deadline is midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 27 February 2019.
How to apply for 2019 PACF Msc Scholarships: