TDR Postgraduate Training Scholarship in Implementation Science for the 2022
  • Full Scholarship

The University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Public Health invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for a full-time funded Master Degree Programme in the field of Implementation Science. The scholarship is provided by TDR, the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases – hosted at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland

The goal of the scheme is to enhance graduate training capacity in implementation research and boost the number of researchers in low- and middle-income countries. The focus is on implementation research on infectious diseases of poverty, including the neglected tropical diseases, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/TB co-infection, and COVID-19. The training is focused on courses relevant to a career in implementation science. Implementation science is a growing field that supports the identification of health system bottlenecks and approaches to address them and is particularly useful in low- and middle-income countries where many health interventions do not reach those who need them the

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Applicants who are offered a scholarship will have 7 calendar days to confirm acceptance of the TDR Postgraduate Scholarship after notification of the offer. Any candidate who fails to confirm acceptance within the indicated period will be taken to have declined the scholarship and the offer will be awarded to another deserving candidate.

Following the selection process, scholarship recipients will commence their studies in January 2022. Depending on the COVID-19 context at the time, the course may be delivered in a hybrid format (a combination of face-to-face and online teaching), or entirely online.


The scheme will provide full scholarships for Masters in the 2022 academic year and covers the following:

  • Return economy airfare between the candidate’s home country and Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Tuition fees
  • Basic medical and accident insurance
  • Monthly stipend to cover living expenses, including accommodation
  • Support for research project expenses
  • Further, recipients’ careers will be tracked with the new TDR Global alumni and stakeholder platform that will monitor the impact of the program, as well as provide opportunities for networking and increased visibility opportunities for the Fellows.


Applicants should:

  • Be resident in and a national of a low- or middle-income country1 in the WHO African Region2
  • Be under the age of 35.
  • Be interested in developing a career in implementation research on infectious diseases of poverty.
  • Be intended to study MSc Epidemiology in the field of Implementation Science (18 months full-time).
  • Be proficient in English.
  • Meet the Programme’s requirements: (


Eligible Regions: African Regions

Application Process

  •  Application to the University of the Witwatersrand
    • Apply by completing a University of the Witwatersrand postgraduate application form online at:
    • The application fee is R200 for both international and local applications.
  • Applicants should also note to:
    • apply for accommodation at:
    • The accommodation application deadline is 30 October 2021.
  • Apply to the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) at: if with foreign certificates, to have certificates evaluated. The SAQA certificate or evidence of application MUST be uploaded as part of
    the required application documents.
  • Application for the TDR scholarship
    • The application for the TDR scholarship should be made separately in writing and should include the following documents:
      • A letter of motivation for applying for the scholarship.
      • A certified copy of the bio-data page of the applicant’s passport.
      • Evidence of application to study Implementation Science as the field of study in the MSc Epidemiology Programme at University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Public Health commencing in January 2022.
      •  A comprehensive curriculum vitae, including a description of relevant research and work experience.
      • Two confidential referee reports should be sent directly by the referees to: [email protected] by 31 July 2021. The referee reports label
        MUST include the student’s name and application number. The TDR Scholarship applications should be sent to: [email protected]

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Application Deadline: July 31, 2021

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For Further Queries

For more information on applications, please go to: for general application queries or Mrs Lerato Podile ([email protected])
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