Africa London Nagasaki Fund – Masters Scholarships for African Scientists

The Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) Fund is offering masters scholarships for African scientists studying subjects relevant to the control of infectious disease in Africa.

Each year, four or five scientists will receive up to a maximum award of US$50,000 each to cover tuition fees, travel, and living expenses.

Application deadline: August 31, 2021

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African London Nagasaki Fund Details

The masters scholarship for African scientists funds a candidate to undertake an MSc in a subject relevant to the control of infectious disease in Africa at either the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki (TMGH), Nagasaki, Japan, or at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, UK.

Both residential and distance learning MSc courses are available at LSHTM. Meanwhile, candidates offered a course at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki will be required to reside in Japan for the duration of the course.

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Eligibility for African Scientists

In order to qualify for the African London Nagasaki Fund, African scientists interested in applying must meet the following criteria:

For Scholarship Candidates at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

  1. The applicant must be of African nationality and normally be resident in sub-Saharan Africa.
  2. They should also be fluent in English. If the applicant’s first language is not English or if the studies at university have not been conducted wholly in the medium of English candidates must take and pass one of the approved internet-based tests (IELTS, TOEFL or a Pearson Test of English). Furthermore, the standard of English needed to pass the tests is high and is in line with the level of English required by the UK Border Authority in order to issue a student visa.
  3. On another note, aspiring candidates must be a first or upper second class BSc degree or equivalent from an established university in a relevant area of science (a medical degree is not essential).
  4. The scientists must usually have had at least two years’ prior research experience in an area relevant to the study of infectious diseases.
  5. Lastly, interested parties must have the support of the head of their institution for undertaking their chosen course.

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For Scholarship Candidates at the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki

Candidates applying for a Scholarship at the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki, must adhere to the following rules and requirements:

  1. The candidates must be of African nationality and normally be resident in sub-Saharan Africa.
  2. Furthermore, they should be fluent in English.
  3. Interested parties must have obtained an MB ChB or equivalent medical qualification from a recognized university.
  4. Lastly, they must have had at least two years of clinical experience following graduation,

How to Apply for the African London Nagasaki Fund Masters Scholarships

Once interested parties have ensured that they fit the eligibility criteria and are able to meet the additional requirements, they must take note of the following steps for application:

  1. Identify an MSc course at either LSHTM or NEKKEN that you would like to study, but do not apply to the university.
  2. Ensure you are eligible for the MSc course and ALN Scholarship. Please note NEKKEN applicants must have a medical qualification.
  3. Register to create an account with ALN. You must have an account before you can apply.
  4. Log in to download the application form. Complete and submit the application form by Saturday 12th September 2014. No supporting documentation is required at this stage.
  5. Applications will be considered by a selection committee and four candidates will be offered Scholarships by mid February.
  6. Successful candidates to apply for the MSc course at the specified university by 1 March.
  7. Scholarship awardees that are given a place at university start their MSc course in September at LSHTM and October at NEKKEN.

Further information can be found on the official scholarship website.


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