Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology in South Africa 2021

Malaria Consortium in partnership with the University of Pretoria, South Africa, is currently accepting applications for the Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology in 2021.  

The scholarship for Entomology has been set up in the memory of Dr Sylvia Meek, Malaria Consortium’s Global Technical Director. She led inspiring and pioneering work in the fight against infectious diseases, and malaria in particular, before her untimely passing away in 2016. 

The scholarship, established in Sylvia’s honour by Malaria Consortiumwill empower a new generation of public health entomologists and malaria staff in Africa and Asia. Given the limited number of field-oriented vector biologists, and the challenges African countries face in achieving malaria elimination, this scholarship is a great opportunity to support the next generation of public health entomologists in support of this quest. 

The MSc programme is a research-only programme that does not include a coursework component and the successful applicant will start their programme before the end of March 2021. 

Worth of Award

The Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology will cover

  • All tuition fees
  • A research allowance to the total value of ZAR60 000 (ZAR30 000/year)
  • ZAR 78 000/year for upkeep costs such as accommodation and board
  • An allowance for travel to South Africa (if non-national) and return home after completion of the programme,
  • and health insurance for the duration of the MSc programme, i.e. maximum of two calendar years, by which time the students should finish their degree. 


In order to be eligible for this scholarship, nationals from the following countries can apply: 

  • Angola, Benin, Burkina FasoBurundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, MaliMozambique, Niger, the Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, TogoUganda, Somalia, South Sudan, SudanZambia and Zimbabwe. 

It is important to note that applicants need to

  • Have successfully completed an Honours degree or equivalent in Entomology or a related discipline.
  • Show good knowledge of English (the language of instruction).
  • Demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, entomology and the control of vector-borne diseases.
  • Be no older than 35 at the time of submission.

How to Apply

First step 

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Applicants of the Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology must prepare in partnership with the potential supervisor(s)

  • A preliminary proposal of no more than 2 pages (including relevant references) for one available research project.
  • The proposal must include a project title, background and justification, objectives, methodology, and budget (no more than ZAR30 000/year over two years) with brief justification. 
  • Applicants must contact the potential supervisor(s) well in advance of the application deadline so that there is time to develop a good proposal.  

Second step 

Furthermore, applicants should send an application to Prof. Christopher Weldon at the University of Pretoria ([email protected]), including the following documents: 

  • A cover letter not exceeding one A4 pageaddressing the selection criteria, including your educational background and relevant experienceand the area of medical entomology you intend to specialise in on completion of the MSc.
  • The 2-page preliminary proposal developed in collaboration with the potential supervisor.
  • Bachelor’s and Honours degree academic transcripts (grade report where the completed courses are listed, including interpretation of grades when not numeric). 
  • English proficiency test result or any other proof of proficiency in English for applicants from countries where English is not the official language. 

Third step 

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That’s not all, shortlisted applicants will be invited to send to the scholarship selection panel the following: 

  • Personal statement written in English of no more than 500 words indicating why you would like to study public health entomology.
  • Two letters of recommendation (can be professional or academic references). 

Rest assured, shortlisted applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by Monday, February 22, 2021. 

Fourth step

In a similar vein,

  • The successful applicant will be invited to submit an online application for the MSc in Entomology programme at the University of Pretoria.
  • Applicants without South African qualifications will first need to have their qualifications verified by the South African Qualifications Authority.
  • An admission letter will be processed, which can then be used by successful non-South African applicants to apply for a study visa in preparation for the start of the 2020 academic year.
  • The successful applicant must be registered and commence the MSc in Entomology programme before March 31, 2021. 

Deadline: Please submit these documents no later than 17:00 (Johannesburg time; GMT+2) Monday, February 8, 2021.

Click here for more details and to apply