Contact Us
12 November 2021
Call for Applications: Doctoral Scholarship 2022
The School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape seeks to recruit a full-time doctoral candidate from January 2022.

The doctoral candidate will be required to register at the University of the Western Cape, and will work on a 3-year project funded by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). The project aims to enhance public health evidence-informed decision-making, through knowledge translation and evidence synthesis.


Value and Duration of the Award

The value of the scholarship is R200 000.00 per year. Funding for the scholarship will be available for the 3 years, as per the duration of the project. However, renewal of the scholarship for each year will be subject to satisfactory progress.


  • Candidate is a South African citizen;
  • Candidate will register for a PhD in Public Health at the University of the Western Cape, to conduct their thesis on a topic that fits within the scope of the SAMRC project;
  • Candidate has a Master’s degree in health or social sciences (if the Master’s was obtained from outside of South Africa, it must be SAQA accredited at the time of application);
  • Candidate should be able to conduct qualitative research and clearly demonstrate an understanding of knowledge translation and evidence synthesis;
  • Disabled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply;
  • Preference will be given to candidates from the historically disadvantaged groups.

Application Procedure

Eligible candidates should provide the following:
  • A 1-page cover letter by the candidate motivating her/his interest and suitability for the scholarship (i.e. citizenship, qualifications, historically disadvantaged group, employment status, how the PhD will support his/her career development)
  • An abstract of their Master’s dissertation
  • An academic transcript, proof of Master’s completion or copy of Master’s certificate
  • A full CV including any research outputs
  • Names and contact details of at least 3 referees who have supervised or worked with the candidate and can speak to their experience and skills

Enquiries and completed application should be forwarded to:
Carnita Ernest ( and Bey Schmidt (
Please use subject heading: Application for 2022 doctoral scholarship

Completed applications need to be submitted by no later than 17h00 on 29 November 2021. This position is being readvertised. Those who applied previously should not resubmit applications.

The University of the Western Cape reserves the right to change the conditions of award, or to make no award at all. The award will be dependent on final registration through UWC processes and approval of the applicant by the SAMRC.