National Department of Health under the National Health Scholars Programme invites applications for PhD scholarships to be awarded for research to be conducted in the two fields Bio-stats and Epidemiology.

The National Health Scholars Programme aims to contribute positively towards efforts to strengthen and accelerate progress towards equity in research capacity development of all young scientists across South Africa.

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) was established in 1969 with the aim to deliver on a mandate to promote the improvement of the health and the quality of life of the population of our country through research, development and technology transfer.

Scholarships are available for pursuing PhD programme for research to be conducted in the two fields Bio-stats and Epidemiology.

Worth of Award

Funding is for a full degree period ( completion) as a tax-free scholarship for full-time study.


Master’s degree funding may be considered where compelling. The level of funding is equivalent to the after-tax take-home pay of the applicant, based on the salary scales of the relevant post (or equivalent) at the National Department of Health.


How to Apply: Full applications must be sent to Ms Pumla Zonke via email.

Deadline: The closing date for application is 17 October 2016.

Click here for more details and to apply

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