IDeAL Partial Masters Studentship in Science Communication


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Masters training is the first stage of specialisation in research advancement. As such, it provides a foundation for further research development and for increased intellectual engagement in a focused research area. In line with our goal of building local research capacity by feeding the research career pipeline at all levels, the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme has developed a Masters studentship scheme to support talented Masters students registered at local universities to complete their research project component of their training. The partial studentships that are funded through the Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL) provide students with stipend and an opportunity to spend up to ten months at our Kilifi or Nairobi facilities doing their research projects in a highly productive research environment. Research costs for respective projects are catered for under specific supervisors' research funds.

Currently, two partial studentships are available targeting Masters students interested in Science Communication research and especially to:

  1. Examine the reporting of health research in leading newspapers in Kenya as way of examining the influence of newspapers in shaping perceptions towards health research related issues.
  2. Analyse the reach and impact of a radio outreach programme as part of KEMRI-Wellcome Trust’s public engagement strategy.


Applicants must already be registered for particular Masters programme and have completed the taught components of respective programmes. Applicants must have scored a B+ and above in their KSCE and attained at least an upper 2nd-class degree or its equivalent in communication and media studies, development communication, applied communication, electronic media and mass communication - among other related fields - in their undergraduate studies.

  • Applicants who have already started another research project and done more than a quarter of the proposed work will not be considered.
  • For undergraduate degrees that are not classified, ensure your average score through the four years is above 60 (GPA above 3.3). Provide a certified proof of the same from your University. 



Studentships are awarded competitively through shortlisting of online applications and subsequent face to face interviews. Before starting respective projects, students are expected to submit evidence of strong support from their registering university and current university supervisors. This should be in a form of a certified written letter.



Studentships will start as soon as possible.



  1. Click on the position you're interested in to see the full description of the post.
  2. A link Submit Application will be available at the bottom of the page.
  3. Click on the submit application link and complete the resulting form.

Please direct all other concerns/questions to Dr. Dorcas Mbuvi [].

Application deadline: 20 March 2020.  



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