The LIGHT Consortium is a UK Aid-funded program that will deliver transformative, cross-disciplinary research across a consortium of partners based in Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, and the UK to reduce the number of people affected by tuberculosis (TB) in sub- Saharan Africa being left behind.
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This will enable the rapid deployment of new tools for TB control (vaccines, new drugs, and shorter drug regimens, diagnostics) that are expected to come online in 2025.
The call for applications for the LIGHT consortium Ph.D. studentships is now OPEN
Closing date: 10th December 2020
Shortlisting: Week commencing 11th January 2021
Interviews: Week commencing 25th January 2021
Notification date: Week commencing 1st February 2021
Start date: May 2021
The LIGHT Ph.D. Programme
Ph.D. students will be integral to the conduct of our research and we will host five Ph.D. studentships, one within each of our four African partner countries (Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, and Uganda) and one within our Research Uptake team based at AFIDEP in Nairobi, Kenya or Lilongwe, Malawi.
We will offer five, full-time, four-year studentships. Available funding will include program fees at the off-site student rate, contribution to research support costs, and stipend.
Available funding will include program fees at the off-site student rate, contribution to research support costs, and stipend. Stipends will be in alignment with the standard allocation made by each host institute.
Ph.D. applicants will be required to have at least a basic right to work in the host country and will need to provide evidence of this prior to commencement of the studentship.
There are 5 Ph.D. opportunities. Each studentship will work on one of the following themes:
- Research Uptake to maximize research impact at the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) in Nairobi, Kenya, or Lilongwe, Malawi.
- Theory driven development of a contextualized and targeted active TB case finding for the youth in Kenya based at the Respiratory Society of Kenya (ReSoK) in Nairobi
- Modeling interventions to improve engagement of young adults and men in tuberculosis active case finding in high HIV prevalence settings based at the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLW) in Blantyre, Malawi
- Development of gender-sensitive TB screening interventions for community settings in Uganda and Nigeria based at the Zankli Research Centre (ZRC) in Abuja, Nigeria
- Evaluation of the feasibility, affordability, acceptability, and effectiveness of gender-transformative TB screening interventions informal health systems in Uganda and Nigeria based at the Makerere Lung Institute (MLI) in Kampala, Uganda.
Follow the links to find out more about the research and the application process.