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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellowship for African Scholars in the UK 2022/2023

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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellowship for African Scholars in the UK 2022/2023

The two-year Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellowship will give an early career researcher the freedom to pursue novel research in the field of planetary health which includes climate change and the importance of land use change, environmental destruction and degradation, and the evaluation of policies and measures to handle these risks.

The applicant will be able to work with world-class London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine faculty, including at MRC Units, from a wide range of disciplines including epidemiology, health systems, mathematical modeling, data science, diagnostics, social science, anthropology, clinical research, and others. However, based on their research interests, applicants are requested to submit a research proposal as part of the application. Applicants should also identify a location for the research, and, if applicable, a collaborating African institution.

The Fellow must be a national from sub-Saharan Africa*. The successful candidate will be based mainly at either the MRC Unit in the Gambia (Key contact: Dr. Kris Murray, ) or the MRC Unit in Uganda, and will be expected to move to either location, if not already based there.

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Note that Sub-Saharan Africa, as described by United Nations Development Programme, includes the following countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leona, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


The fellow will receive a competitive Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellowship stipend of £25,000 per year in either Gambia or Uganda. Additionally, the Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellowship will pay for the fellow’s accommodation, annual holiday airfares, and contribution to children’s school fees. Each fellow will also receive a fair research budget. Relocation and visa support will also be available for international candidates.

Eligibility for Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applications from individuals based at LMICs research institutions are extremely encouraged. Ability in the English language is a requirement for the Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellowship. Applications will be considered on submitted documents and scored against the following criteria:

  • Completed Ph.D. degree within the last 3 years. We will accept applications from fellows who are sure that they will complete their Ph.D. by 1 September 2022. Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellowship will only be awarded to people who have completed their PhDs.
  • Displayed interest and experience in research on the links between health and environmental change.
  • Proficiency to run a research project relating to environmental change and health that is of high scientific quality and has the potential to make an explicit impact on human health and that is deliverable within the duration of the Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellowship program.
  • Clear route for Fellowship work to aid communities disproportionately affected by environmental change and/or traditionally under-served or under-resourced in adaption or mitigation response measures.
  • Potential for the project to generate novel interdisciplinary insights or methodology.
  • Evident plan for the Fellowship to contribute to career development.
  • Potential for the project to deliver a positive impact that lasts beyond the end of the Fellowship.

How to Apply for Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellowship

Interested applicants are invited to submit:

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  • CV including a summary of key outputs and publications (maximum 3 pages)
  • Personal statement (maximum 1 page) outlining career goals and explanations for applying
  • An overview of a proposed research project to be conducted during the Fellowship (maximum 1 page)

Note that applications at Stage 1 will be shortlisted by a multi-disciplinary search committee and a shortlist of applicants will be invited to submit full applications in Stage 2.

Stage 2: Shortlisted applicants must submit:

  • The choice of location to conduct the study
  • List of two Faculty at LSHTM (either in London or at the MRC Units in Gambia and Uganda) they would be working with
  • Two letters of recommendation preferably from the last academic supervisors
  • An update of the overview proposal presented in stage one (details will be provided after stage 1 selections)

Applications with required documentation should be sent to: with a copy to .

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Please Note:

  • The Stage 1 application deadline is 31st May 2022. Stage 1 applicants will be notified if they are invited to move to Stage 2 by 30th June 2022.
  • Stage 2 applications will be interviewed either face-to-face or “virtual” in July/August 2022.
  • Fellowship offers will be made to successful fellows in September 2022.
  • The Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellowship start date will be easygoing, but the applicant should be in the post by 1st January 2023.

The Application Deadline for the scholarship is May 31, 2022.

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