Call for Applications: Masters Support Fellowship

June 5, 2024scholarship

Call for Applications: Masters Support Fellowship

June 5, 2024

Epilepsy accounts for a significant portion of the global disease burden, often accompanied by extensive discrimination and stigma. These factors, along with other barriers, prevent many individuals with epilepsy from accessing medical care. Comprehensive understanding of epilepsy’s characteristics, comorbidities, and risk factors is essential for developing targeted preventive strategies and interventions.

In collaboration with Duke University in the USA, Makerere University College of Health Sciences is leading a national research study on epilepsy. This study involves local experts in neurology and psychology in Uganda, alongside international specialists in neurology and neurosurgery from the USA. The research aims to explore the spectrum of epilepsy in Uganda, focusing on its clinical features, comorbidities, and risk factors across different age groups, with particular attention to stigma among adolescents.

Applications are now open for the AWE Change Masters Fellowship Programme from postgraduate students at:

  • Makerere University College of Health Sciences
  • Mbarara University of Science and Technology
  • Gulu University

The programme will support two (2) successful graduate candidates in their final year of Master’s degree training in any of the specified programs at these universities.


This opportunity is available to postgraduate students in their final year of study in the following graduate programs: Medicine, Pediatrics, Nursing, Public Health, Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Social Sciences, or any Biomedical/Health-related field.

Selection Criteria

  1. Proof of admission to a Master’s program at the specified university.
  2. Normal progress in the Master’s program.
  3. Demonstrated interest in research training and conducting research within the relevant discipline.
  4. A letter of recommendation and support from the program’s Head of Department.
  5. A career development plan.
  6. Potential for attaining research leadership and international recognition in their field.
  7. Commitment to developing at least one manuscript for publication based on their research.
  8. Research concepts must focus on Epilepsy in any of the following aspects: Clinical, Public Health, Cognitive, Psychosocial, or Biomedical.

Application Process

Enquiries and applications should be sent to Applications must include: a cover letter (1 page), a resume (maximum 3 pages), a personal statement (maximum 1 page), a research concept (maximum 1 page), an admission letter, proof of normal progress for the initial years of training, and two letters of recommendation. The personal statement should outline your career aspirations for the next 5-7 years, research interests, and any other relevant information.


Application deadline extension: July 31, 2024.

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