News - Call for Applications for DELTAS - S2ACABT MSc in Biostatistics Fellowships at University of Malawi, Chancellor College for 2016/2017 Academic Year

September 6, 2016   Mathematical Sciences Department

Call for DELTAS Sub-Saharan Africa Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics Training (S2ACABT) Masters in Biostatistics Fellowships at University of Malawi for 2016/17 Academic Year


Application deadline for Masters Scholarships is Friday 16th September 2016



The Sub-Saharan African Consortium for Advanced Biostatistical Training (S2ACABT), a consortium of twenty African and northern institutions with the University of the Witwatersrand as the lead applicant;and KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programmes, Universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Warwick and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as co-applicants,has secured funding from the Wellcome Trust/AESA through the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Traning and Science (DELTAS). The full list of participating institutions are listed below. The funding will cover Masters and PhD programmes in Biostatistics in participating training institutions to develop and improve biostatistical skills among researchers,with an ultimate goal of creating research nodes of excellence to grow the discipline and a biostatistical network to nurture researchers with advanced skills and expertise.The consortium is therefore calling for full time scholarship applications for Masters degree.


The scholarships are open to candidates with strong background in either Statistics, Mathematics, Demography, any other quantitative fields, including competent candidates from the lab/health field such as biomedical sciences, pharmacy, medicine who may benefit from a postgraduate course in biostatistics. The potential fellows should have applied for a place at one of the postgraduate biostatistics degree programmes being offered by partner institutions.


These degree programmes will be focused on courses relevant to quantitative research in the health-related fields and developing careers in Biostatisticics,which is a growing field particularly in developing countries where the demand is high due to increased biomedical research. Therefore, the goal of this financial support is to enhance Biostatistical graduate training capacity and boost the number of researchers and practitoners in low and middle-income countries.





·         The scholarship is open to nationals of low and middle income countries in the Sub-Saharan African Region that are resident in the region. ( )  and partnering institutions in the consortium.

·         Applicants should normally be under 35 years for the Master Programme

·         Applicants should meet the University’s admission requirements for the level of degree applied for before applying for the scholarship.


The scheme will provide full scholarships for 3 Masters students fellows in the 2016/2017 academic year and covers the following:

  • Tuition fees
  • A monthly stipend to cover accommodation, living expenses, and medical insurance.
  • Support for the Masters research project supervision



For the MSc scholarships, applicants should provide the academic training institution with:


1.      A comprehensive curriculum vitae including relevant research and work experience

  1. Letter of motivation explaining why you want to pursue an MSc in Biostatistics

3.      Certified copies of academic transcripts and degree certificates

4.      Evidence of acceptance or application to study Biostatistics at any of the partnering institution for commencement in the 2016/2017 academic year

5.      Two confidential referee reports should be sent directly to the training institution


Preference for these MSc scholarships will be given to candidates who are likely to strengthen the SSACABT institutions either as academic staff members or affiliation to research institution within the consortium.


Further, recipients’ careers will be tracked with the new Wellcome Trust DELTAS S2ACABT alumni that will monitor the impact of the programme, as well as networking and increased visibility opportunities for the Fellows.


3.      HOW TO APPLY

Send your application through the following address:

The PG Programmes Secretariat, Mathematical Sciences Department, Chancellor College, P.O. Box 280, Zomba, Malawi, Or email:

Send copies and/or equiries to

Institutional Lead: Dr Jupiter Simbeye at and

PG Coordinator for MSc. Biostatistics: Mr. Tsirizani Kaombe at


PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline for MSc scholarships is Friday 16th September 2016



Full list of collaborating institutions in in the Sub-Saharan African Consortium for Advanced Biostatistical Training (S2ACABT)programme



Name of Institution


Insitutional Lead

University of the Witwatersrand

South Africa

Tobias Chirwa



London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

United Kingdom

Jim Todd

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala

University of KwaZulu Natal

South Africa

Henry Mwambi

KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme


Abdisalan Noor



University Medical Center Utrecht

The Netherlands

Rene Eijkemans

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

Gregory Fegan

Stellenbosch University

South Africa

Rhoderick Machekano

Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College


Michael Mahende

University of Malawi


Jupiter Simbeye

Makerere University


Nazarius Tumwesigye

University of Ghana


Kwadwo Koram

University of Nairobi


Patrick Weke

University of Zambia


Patrick Musonda

University of Kinshasa

Democratic Republic of Congo

Kalambayi Kayembe

University of Namibia


Lawrence Kazembe

Medical Research Council

South Africa

Samuel Manda



Osman Sankoh

Human Sciences Research Council

South Africa

Khangelani Zuma

Centre for AIDS Programme of Research

South Africa

Anneke Grobler



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