WHO/AFRO Fellowship Programme on Public Health Emergencies in Africa

Deadline: 13 November 2022

Deadline: 13 November 2022

Applications accepted for a fellowship program on strengthening the management of public health emergencies in Africa through the COVID-19 Incident Management Support Team by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) (IMST).

In keeping with WHO’s Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) flagship program, which aims to strengthen and expand the quality and scope of public health emergency management in Africa over the next five years, the fellowship will take a hybrid approach, combining face-to-face engagements with technology-based activities.

There will be 15 fellowships given out, including:

  • 5 students pursuing master’s degrees;
  • five PhD candidates
  • Five senior and mid-level public health professionals.

Through a three-month fellowship programme, WHO AFRO seeks to support 15 aspirational Master’s degree students, PhD fellows, and emergency public health managers and leaders (Fellows) in Africa acquire advanced skills and competencies for strategizing, managing and leading health programmes that will positively transform future public health emergency response on the continent.

  • The fellows will get financial aid from WHO AFRO to help with their research and tuition costs.


The following prerequisites must be satisfied by applicants:

  • be nationals of any WHO Member State participating in COVID-19, with preference given to people from the WHO African Region Member States.
  • Master’s Fellows must be enrolled in a master’s program.
  • have a current PhD program enrollment (PhD/DPhil Fellows).
  • possess a PhD, a Master’s degree in public health, or be a full-time employee (in the public or commercial sector, or in academia) (mid- or senior-level career Fellows).
  • have experience working in public health (One Health, medicine, health financing, health economics, health policy, animal health, social sciences, and environmental health).
  • possess crucial expertise that has helped Africa’s public health emergency management advance.
  • Show the ability to handle public health effectively so as to have a beneficial impact on the health outcomes of populations.

Applications are due by: 13 November 2022: EMAIL: whoafrofellowship@who.int

Candidates must present the following requirements:

  • A recent Curriculum Vitae
  • Confirmation of registration in an academic institution (for Master’s degree and PhD fellows)
  • Letter of employment (mid- and senior-level experts)
  • A 500-word motivation statement for the Master’s degree students outlining their objectives and plan for the fellowship.

A 2000 – 3000-word proposal for all applicants (Master’s, PhD students and mid-/senior-level experts) outlining the proposed project with the following section:

  • Introduction of the subject of research
  • Relevance and pertinence of the subject
  • Brief literature review on the subject
  • Objectives
  • Research plan and activities
  • Potential use of the outcomes of the research
  • Conclusion

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