Fred Hollows PhD Scholarship for Prevention of Blindness at the International Centre for Eye Health
The Fred Hollows Foundation has started an exciting new endeavour to sponsor a PhD Scholarship for the Prevention of Blindness at the International Centre for Eye Health, within the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. This scholarship aims to provide training and aid in building of skills for future leaders in the field of prevention of blindness. A further aim is to facilitate important research advances that will help facilitate the control of blindness. This will be a three year project, focusing on research issues of key importance to assess the impact of blindness and to implement programmes for the prevention of blindness in a cost-effective and equitable manner. Nationals of low and middle income countries are eligible for the scholarship, and the fieldwork should be conducted in that setting.
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The Scholarship will include tuition fees plus stipend.
Applicants for this scholarship must:
- Hold a 1st or 2.1 university degree (or equivalent)
- Hold a Masters degree in Community Eye Health, Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Economics or a relevant field (or equivalent)
- Be a national of a low or middle income country
- Have experience in designing and conducting research in health in a low-income country
- Have experience in writing up study results and findings in reports, guidelines, standard operating procedures or papers suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
- Have experience in managing and analysing data using packages including Epi Info, Excel and common statistical programmes.
- Have excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
- Be committed to long term capacity building in research in their own country
It is desirable that applicants for this scholarship should have:
- Published research articles in peer review journals
- Experience of working in eye care programmes
- Knowledge of eye diseases and their management
- Experience working with NGOs or ministry of health
- Preference will be given to candidates who are nationals of a country in Africa.
How to Apply
Applications are to incude:
- Grade transcripts from MSc
- Research Degree Application Forms (aims and objectives of undertaking PhD, plans for after completion of PhD)
- Two references in support of your application
- Please note applicants are not required to include a research proposal
Applications should be submitted to the Registry at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine:
The Registry, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7299 4646 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7323 0638 E-mail: [email protected]
Any general enquiries regarding the application process should be addressed to Helen White ([email protected]). For queries relating to the project itself please contact Hannah Kuper ([email protected])
Potential PhD topics
The PhD should provide information relevant to the effective implementation of VISION 2020, and should focus on the VISION 2020 priority diseases. There is particular interest on research to assess the impact of VISION 2020 programmes on quality of life and/or poverty, or to investigate service delivery. Funding will not be provided for predominantly laboratory based research or for clinical trials. Examples of appropriate research topics include (but are not restricted to)
1. Impact of childhood blindness on poverty, quality of life and education
2. Impact of refractive error on poverty, quality of life and education
3. Interventions to improve service delivery
Deadline for applications
Friday 5th December 2008