Dr Sylvia Meek Faculty of Tropical Medicine Scholarship for Entomology in Nigeria & South Africa

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Application Deadline:

Nigeria: Sunday 27th August 2017.
South Africa: 17:00 (Johannesburg time; GMT+2) Friday 29 September 2017.

Malaria Consortium is proud to announce its partnership with University of Nigeria, Nsukka, to continue Dr Sylvia Meek’s legacy through the Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology.

The Scholarship for Entomology has been set up in the memory of Dr Sylvia Meek, Malaria Consortium’s Global Technical Director whose untimely passing away in 2016 has left a big void in the fight against infectious diseases, and malaria in particular.

Both Malaria Consortium and University of Nigeria are committed to ensure Sylvia’s values are carried on by the future generation of entomologists in Africa. Sylvia was not only a great scientist but someone with great compassion who was an inspiration to her associates and colleagues.

The scholarship, established in Sylvia’s honour by Malaria Consortium, will 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.

Malaria Consortium is delighted that University of Nigeria is hosting recipients of the scholarship. University of Nigeria is the first indigenous university established in 1960, following the country’s independence. It is a land-grant university and according to webometric ranking (2017), University of Nigeria ranks among the top five universities in Nigeria.

The University of Nigeria will be accepting two scholarship students in 2017 for a two-year Master’s programme in Entomology at the Department of Zoology and Environmental Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, starting mid-October.

Who can apply for the Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology at University of Nigeria?

  • Nationals from the following countries can apply: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, 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, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • Applicants need to have successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree
  • Applicants should have good knowledge of English (the language of instruction)
  • Applicants should demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, entomology and the control of vector borne diseases.
  • Mid-career applications will be considered along with fresh graduates.

South Africa

Malaria Consortium is delighted that the University of Pretoria is hosting recipients of the scholarship. University of Pretoria is one of the leading higher education institutions on the continent. The university’s origins go back to 1908, and while building on a century of experience, it has transformed into the multicultural, multiracial university offering high-quality education it is nowadays.

The University of Pretoria will be accepting one scholarship student in 2018 for a two-year Master of Science in Entomology based in and supervised by academic staff in the Department of Zoology and Entomology. The MSc in Entomology offered by the Department of Zoology and Entomology is a research-only programme that does not include a coursework component. The successful applicant will start their MSc programme before the end of March 2018.

Benefits:

Financial aspects

The Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology will cover all tuition fees, a research allowance to the total value of ZAR50 000, +/- £3,000, 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, health insurance, and stationery costs for the duration of the MSc programme, i.e. a maximum of two calendar years, by which time the students should finish their degree.

Who can apply for the Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology at University of Pretoria?

  • Nationals from the following countries can apply: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, 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, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, the Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • Applicants need to have successfully completed an Honours degree or equivalent in Entomology or a related discipline
  • Applicants should have good knowledge of English (the language of instruction)
  • Applicants should demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, entomology and the control of vector borne diseases
  • Applicants should be no older than 35 at the time of submission

Application and Selection Procedure

First step

Applicants should apply for their studies at University of Nigeria  by submitting the following documents to the Dean of the postgraduate school, Professor P Osadebe ([email protected]) and to the Deputy Vice Chancellor, James Ogbonna ([email protected]):

  1. An application letter, stating the area of entomology you intend to specialise in
  2. Bachelor’s degree certificate
  3. Bachelor’s degree academic transcript (grade report where the completed courses are listed)
  4. For those applicants from countries where English is not the official language: English proficiency test result or any other proof of proficiency in English

Please submit these documents no later than Sunday 27th August 2017.

Application and Selection Procedure

First step

Applicants should send an application to Dr Heike Lutermann at the University of Pretoria ([email protected]), including the following documents:

  1. A cover letter not exceeding one A4 page, stating your educational background, the area of medical entomology you intend to specialise in, and
  2. A preliminary proposal of no more than 2 pages (including relevant references) for your research project, including project title, background and justification, objectives, methodology, and budget (no more than ZAR50 000 over two years,
    +/- £3,000) with brief justification. The preliminary proposal must focus on public health entomology.
  3. Bachelor’s and Honours degree certificates
  4. Bachelor’s and Honours degree academic transcripts (grade report where the completed courses are listed, including interpretation of grades when not numeric)
  5. English proficiency test result or any other proof of proficiency in English for applicants from countries where English is not the official language

It is advised that applicants contact Dr Lutermann before submitting their application so that she can suggest a suitable supervisor who can help to refine the preliminary proposal.

Please submit these documents no later than 17:00 (Johannesburg time; GMT+2) Friday 29 September 2017.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Dr Sylvia Meek Faculty of Tropical Medicine Scholarship for Entomology

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