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IIDP MSc Fellowships in Infectious Diseases of Poverty are awarded to high calibre students undertaking either:

1.   An MSc course at the School of Public Health of Ghana University (provided that the course and dissertation are related to Infectious Diseases of Poverty) (1-year course)


2.   The Master de Recherche Sociale Appliquée à la Santé (Master of Health-Applied Social Sciences) at the University of Abidjan (2-year course)

Recipients of the IIDP MSc fellowship attend modules of the unique  IIDP flagship course, through which students receive interdisciplinary training in researching infectious diseases of poverty through a bespoke series of postgraduate courses developed and delivered by IIDP/IRMP researchers and their international collaborators.

IIDP MSc fellowships partially cover student stipends and course fees, and fully cover the costs of the IIDP flagship course.

MSc Call – School of Public Health, University of Ghana.

3 MSc Fellowships in Infectious Diseases of Poverty are now available at the School of Public Health, University of Ghana  (For ECOWAS students resident in Africa)

 The program

 In sub-Saharan Africa, poverty is a major factor affecting exposure to infectious diseases, access to treatment and, ultimately, health outcomes. Despite scientific and technological developments, infectious diseases of poverty (IDPs) persist. A significant reason for this is the lack of research capacity, in particular, interdisciplinary capacity that can integrate knowledge and facilitate the identification and translation of technical solutions into interventions that are embedded within populations and health systems.


The Institute for Infectious Diseases of Poverty/ Institut de Recherche sur les Maladies de la Pauvreté (IIDP/IRMP) is a consortium of Anglophone and Francophone multidisciplinary West African Institutions:  University of Ghana (Ghana), University of Ibadan (Nigeria), l’Université de Bamako (Mali), Modibo Adama University of technology (Nigeria) and l’Institut Universitaire d’Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). Funded by the Wellcome Trust, it has the mission to develop the intellectual, regulatory and physical infrastructure required for the production of the high quality interdisciplinary science necessary to address the problems of IDPs. A core goal of IIDP/IRMP is to produce interdisciplinary research in infectious diseases of poverty that supports regional disease control programmes.


IIDP/IRMP has a strong core of interdisciplinary researchers in biological, clinical and socio-cultural aspects of infectious diseases of poverty. Disciplinary areas include: (i) Applied social sciences (medical anthropology, health geography, health economics and social epidemiology); (ii) Clinical and biological aspects of infectious diseases (parasitology, pathogenesis, molecular and cellular biology, vector biology and control); (iii) Pharmacology, including the development of novel therapeutics and diagnostics;  and (iv) Public health, epidemiology, parasitology and implementation research in tropical disease control.


Three MSc studentships are available for candidates in the above research areas in the University of Ghana, School of Public Health. The MSc students will benefit from an amount of two thousand five hundred thirty four Pounds Sterling (2,534) for the whole program, to support the cost of the program and the dissertation in the University of Ghana.


 Successful candidates are expected to ensure they meet the following minimum conditions:

  • Being ECOWAS students resident in Africa.
  • Being admitted for a master program at the School of Public Health, University of Ghana for the academic year 2013-2014.
  • Having excellent academic results in December 2013 (end of first semester).
  • Have a dissertation topic in infectious diseases of Poverty.
  • Motivation to  use acquired skills during the MSc in sub Saharan Africa in general
  • Motivation to complete the study within a period of one year.

 How to apply

Interested candidates should complete the online application form that includes a letter of interest, the CV, the dissertation topic and the December 2013 academic results of the MSc program started.

 In case of internet connectivity problems, you can also contact bescribano@riidp for a word document version of the application form. After completion you can  send your application to bescribano@riidp with copy to Please, do not forget to attach the letter of interest, the CV, the dissertation topic and the December 2013 academic results.  

Closing date: 15th of February 2014.

All candidates must ensure that they have read and understood the application procedure and requirements, in order to meet IIDP/IRMP deadlines.

Shortlisted candidates may be contacted and required to attend a mandatory selection interview.