AHRI/UCL PhD Studentship

Applications for the Africa Health Research Institute/UCL PhD Studentship 2024/2025 are open for eligible Students who permanently reside in South Africa.

AHRI/UCL PhD Studentship

This AHRI/UCL PhD Studentship opportunity covers tuition fees and living costs of candidates undertaking a PhD at UCL. UCL’s Global Engagement Office funds this.

Students will be expected to spend most of their time in South Africa, conducting research at AHRI.

While in London, students will be expected to attend seminars, postgraduate club meetings and other UCL doctoral students’ events.

Eligible Field (s): The proposed PhD research must be in the Medical Sciences and Population Health field.

This covers everything from single molecules to cells and tissues to whole organisms and animal and human populations for improved health and well-being worldwide.

Type: PhD

Eligible Countries: Any. Be domiciled in South Africa.


Applicants for AHRI/UCL PhD Studentship must:

  • Possess a South African residence at the time of application.
  • Hold a letter of recommendation from a proposed supervisor at UCL*
  • Be working with AHRI already or hold an approved letter of support to complete a PhD at AHRI*
  • Be prepared to spend up to a year in London while pursuing their PhD. If necessary, this time can be divided into two six-month intervals.

NOTE: Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Value of AHRI/UCL PhD Studentship: The PhD Studentships will fund:

  • All fees for a three-year doctorate at UCL per year.
  • Two round-trip economy airfares to and from SA to the UK.
  • For up to a year, assistance with affordable living expenses in London.
  • UCL Bench fees.
  • Support for Durban living costs for two years.

How to Apply

Please complete the AHRI/UCL PhD Studentship Application form in detail and upload the following documents: The closing date is 5 pm on 03 June 2024. 

  • Referral letter from your potential supervisor at AHRI.
  • Recommendation letter from your potential supervisor at UCL.
  • A copy of your academic CV.
  • Certified copies of your academic transcripts and original certificates.

For further information or assistance with identifying an AHRI supervisor and a letter of recommendation from UCL, please get in touch with Aruna Sevakram via education@ahri.org  with ‘AHRI/UCL PhD Studentship” in the subject header.

Application Deadline: 03 June 2024 5 pm.


The AHRI/UCL PhD Studentship is a collaborative program between the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) and University College London (UCL), offering fully funded PhD positions to exceptional candidates interested in biomedical and public health research.

The program provides a unique opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research at AHRI and UCL, with access to state-of-the-art facilities and a supportive interdisciplinary community. The studentship includes a stipend, tuition fees, and research costs.

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