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TDR Postgraduate Scholarship at UNZA – 2021/2022


Application for the TDR Postgraduate Scholarship in Implementation Research at UNZA – 2021/2022 Entry is now open for Postgraduate students at the University of Zambia in Zambia.


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The University of Zambia, School of Public Health, invites interested candidates to apply for a TDR Postgraduate Scholarship which will be offered for the academic year commencing October 2021 for the following two-year full-time postgraduate programmes:

  1. Master of Science, Epidemiology
  2. Master of Public Health, Health Promotion and Education
  3. Master of Public Health, Health Policy and Management

The scholarship is supported by TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, co-sponsored by UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank, and WHO. The vision of TDR is that the health and wellbeing of people burdened by infectious diseases of poverty is improved through research and innovation.

The scholarship recipients will conduct their thesis projects on Implementation Research on infectious diseases of poverty, including neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), malaria and tuberculosis, in their home countries. Recipients will be enrolled as postgraduate students.

Implementation Research focuses on the systematic approach to understanding and addressing barriers to effective and quality implementation of health interventions, strategies and policies.

The Scholarships are one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world. The aim of the program is to create a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.



Scholars are selected on the following criteria:

  • Provide evidence of ability to obtain study leave from employment (if applicable) before commencement of programme.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field from any recognised university.
  • Be proficient in English.
  • Be interested in developing a career in implementation research on infectious diseases of poverty.
  • Be 35 years old or younger.
  • Be residents in and nationals of low- and middle-income countries (as defined by the World Bank) in the WHO African Region.
  • *Please note that women and candidates from non-English speaking countries in Africa are particularly encouraged to apply.


The application package should include the following documents:

  • Motivation letter expressing interest for the fellowship
  • Relevant Degree (s)
  • Letter of recommendation from a reputable professional referee
  • Letter of recommendation from an academic referee
  • Brief statement of not more than 200 words on your proposed study and research
  • Curriculum Vitae

Completed applications, together with all supporting documents, should be sent in a single email to the University of Zambia School of Public Health at [email protected].

Please clearly state in the email subject line ‘Application for TDR Postgraduate Scholarship’.

NOTE: Candidates who are awarded a scholarship will be guided on the admission process through the University of Zambia website: https://www.unza.zm/schools/public-health/applications



  • Deadline to apply for the master’s programme: 31 May 2021, 1700 CAT
  • Announcement of selection results: 30 July 2021
  • Students enrol at UNZA: September 2021

Applicants will have 7 calendar days to confirm acceptance of the TDR Postgraduate Scholarship after notification of offer. After this date, it will be assumed that the student refuses the scholarship. The University of Zambia School of Public Health reserves the right to refuse or end attribution of the scholarship if the provided information has been proven false.

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  1. According to the calendar, yesterday 30th July was a day the announcement of results was supposed to be made.
    1. What happened? Was the announcement there but not made public?
    2. How are we going to know whether picked or not?
    3. When I submitted my application , there was no acknowledgement to show that my application was received. I suggest the university should acknowledge when they receive applications from people.

  2. HIE Chanda, when I also sent my application, the university didn’t respond that they had received my application and I don’t know how we will know as to who have be selected. When you search on the internet nothing is coming out


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