Africa Health Research Training Programme (CREATE)

Africa Health Research Training Programme (CREATE)

Project description

Applications are invited for this PhD training programme to commence in September 2023. Led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, this PhD Programme is offered by five UK and six African partner institutions bringing together the expertise of these institutions in global health research.

The focus of this PhD Programme is on research focusing on the health problems of African countries, centering on Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, The Gambia, and Uganda. Successful applicants will develop their potential to become global health leaders within a structured and mentored training environment. 

This programme is aimed at supporting health professionals who wish to undertake rigorous research training.  Support is for three years and includes an NHS matched salary, research expenses, home rate tuition fees, and training and travel costs.

They should be interested in spending extended periods of time (18-24 months) at one of the Programme African Partner Institutions in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, The Gambia, and Uganda as part of their PhD. All applicants must have completed their undergraduate degree and be registered with the relevant professional regulatory body (e.g. - General Medical Council, Health and Care Professions Council).

This is a full time, fixed term post (part-time equivalent is available) funded by Wellcome based at one of the following partner/host institutions: The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), King’s College London (KCL), Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), St George’s, University of London (SGUL) or Brighton and Sussex Medical School at the University of Sussex (BSMS). Candidates accept that, if successful, they may be awarded a fellowship at any of the five partner institutions.

Applications should be made via: and should include a copy of your CV. Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 11.59pm of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to jobs [at] Please quote reference ITD-CRD-2022-16.

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the requirements in the job description. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as "Please see attached CV" will not be considered acceptable. 

A webinar with short presentations about the application process and opportunity for Q&A will take place on Wednesday 12th October at 12pm BST. Please see the CREATE website for further information.

Closing date for the receipt of applications is Friday 11th November 2022.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit a full application and to interview.  Interviews will be held at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine at the beginning of May 2023.  Up to five candidates per year will be selected for the programme.


Applicants must be practicing healthcare professionals and be registered with a national professional regulatory body in the UK/Republic of Ireland. Medical graduates must be registered on a UK/Republic of Ireland specialist training programme or must be a registered GP. Applicants should maintain their clinical skills, if applicable. Applicants must have an interest in global health research and be looking to develop their academic career.

Appointments will be made to match an appointee’s current NHS salary (Junior Doctors/Dentists, GPs, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (NMAHPS) plus London allowance if applicable.

Medical doctors, dentists and vets will be placed on the standard clinical academic salary scale for doctors in formal clinical training in the range £40,257 to £58,398 plus £2,162 London allowance where applicable.

Placement on the scales will be according to an appointee’s current salary, stage of training (if applicable) and transitional pay arrangements and will be subject to approval by the employing institution.