Masters training is first stage of specialisation in research training. As such it provides a foundation for further research training 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 complete the research project component of their training. The partial studentships, which are funded through the Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders, (IDeAL), provides the 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 supervisors' research funds.


Applicants must already be registered for particular Masters programme and have completed the taught components of respective programmes. Applicants should have attained at least an upper second class degree or equivalent in relevant subjects including statistics, mathematics, computer science, health economics, epidemiology, public health, nursing and nutrition. 



Studentships start on 2nd September 2019.



Studentships are awarded competitively through shortlisting of online applications and subsequent face to face interviews. Students who are awarded studentships are allocated supervisors according to their preferred projects – as indicated in their application forms. Before commencing with 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.



You can apply for two positions in one application by applying for the position you're mostly interested in (1st preference) and then specify a 2nd preference when filling your application form. Note that this is only applicable when there is more than one studentship position advertised.

1. Click on the title of a 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 fill in the resulting form.


Title Reference Number Type Expiry Date
Treatment gap for neuropsychiatric disorders Treatment_gap_neuropsy_disordersCNewton032019 Masters Training Position 05-04-2019
Using Mendelian randomization to investigate the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and tuberculosis VitaminD_deficiency_and_tuberculosisASarah032019 Masters Training Position 05-04-2019
Time trends of diarrhoea and dehydration admissions to Kenyan hospital following introduction of Rotavirus Vaccine Time_trends_diarrhoea_admissions_ASamuel032019 Masters Training Position 05-04-2019
Economic burden of epilepsy Economic_burden_epilepsy_NCharles032019 Masters Training Position 05-04-2019
Depressive symptoms, anxiety and diabetes self-care among adults living with type 2 diabetes in Kilifi County Anxiety_diabetes_selfcare_Kilifi_AAmina032019 Masters Training Position 05-04-2019