Last Updated

19 Feb 2021

TDR Call for Applications: Postgraduate Scholarships in Implementation Research Academic year 2022-2023

The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), hosted at the World Health Organization is pleased to announce a call for applications for Postgraduate Scholarships in Implementation Research Academic year 2022-2023 for a two-year Master's in Epidemiology starting in February 2022 in the Institute of Health and Development of the Cheikh Anta Diop University (ISED-UCAD), Dakar, Senegal. The Master’s Programme is taught in French.

The focus of this training scheme is on Implementation Research on infectious diseases of poverty, including the neglected tropical diseases, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/TB co-infection and COVID-19. The scheme provides training relevant to a career in implementation research. Implementation research is a growing field that supports the identification of health system bottlenecks and approaches to addressing them and is particularly useful in low- and middle-income countries where many health interventions do not reach those who need them the most.

The programme provides on-campus and on-line teaching, with the scholarship recipients doing a thesis project in their home countries. However, depending on regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the course may be adjusted, for example with entirely on-line delivery.


  • Be nationals of, and residents in, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mauretania, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal or Togo; • be French-speaking;
  • Be 35 years old or younger; • meet the standard University of Cheikh Anta Diop requirements for graduate students;
  • Be interested in developing a career in implementation research on infectious diseases of poverty;
  • Agree to satisfactorily complete TDR’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on implementation research with a focus on infectious diseases of poverty between enrollment (October 2021) and start of the course (February 2022).

The scholarship covers:

  • Round-trip economy airfare between the home country of the student and Mbour, Sénégal.
  • Tuition fees and basic medical and accident insurance.
  • A stipend to cover daily basic subsistence including food and accommodation for one person during the stay at Mbour.
  • Support for research project/thesis expenses, including travel for data collection in home country.

Read more here

Application deadline April 10, 2021.