University of Malawi College of Medicine Call for Application M-HIRST Research Followership And Doctoral Programs 2020

By | October 22, 2020

BACKGROUND
The College of Medicine (CoM) was established in 1991 as a constituent college of the University of Malawi. Its mission is “to be an academic centre of excellence in the training of doctors and other health professionals in clinical service and medical research, responsive to the health needs of
Malawi and its neighbours within the Southern African region”. Through postgraduate training, CoM expects to develop and mentor clinicians, public health practitioners and scientists who will become leaders and game-changers in their areas of speciality to transform the health sector in Malawi and globally. Since 2015, the National Institutes of Health-Fogarty International Centre in the USA has been funding the CoM and University of North Carolina to establish and roll-out the Malawi HIV Implementation Science Research Training (M-HIRST) Program which aims at building and
strengthening local capacity for conducting implementing research studies to generate evidence that accelerates the scale up of evidence-based HIV interventions. In 2020, the Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) joined the M-HIRST program which will now operate until 2025.

A. Research Fellowships
The M-HIRST Program wishes to fund fellowships which will enable Malawians achieve excellence and leadership in the area of HIV implementation science research. Specifically, the fellowships will support academics/research scientists employed at the CoM or KCN, research
institutes or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) implementing HIV programs to develop their implementation science skills and other research-related soft skills so that they can progress
towards research independence and secure implementation research grants. The M-HIRST program will offer a 2 year fellowship which includes a modest part-time salary to support protected
research time for developing a research grant application (maximum: 1 day per week); access to pilot research funding through the M-HIRST and other small grant schemes; participation in
Implementation Science or other relevant short courses and mentorship from Implementation Science experts. Applicants’ research plans must focus on any high priority areas highlighted in any of the following strategic documents:

  1. Malawi National HIV Strategic Plan 2020-2025 (NSP 2020-2025) which outline Malawi government’s priority HIV strategies and interventions.
  2. US Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Country Operating Plan (2020- 2021).
  3. Global Fund-supported HIV interventions for the period 2021 to 2024.
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Application eligibility criteria:
 Employees of the CoM, KCN, Malawian-based research institutes or NGOs implementing HIV programs and any of the following;
a. Completed Master of Medicine (MMED) or equivalent in relevant subject or
b. PhD in relevant subject or
c. Medical degree with Masters in Public Health or equivalent or
d. MSc in Adult Nursing, MSc in Midwifery, MSc in Reproductive Health, MSc in Child
Health Nursing, MSc in Community Health Nursing.

Submission requirements:
Interested candidates should submit the following documents;

  1. An application cover letter,
  2. An HIV implementation research concept to be developed during the fellowship.
  3. Updated curriculum vitae,
  4. Bio-sketch of supervisors and/or mentors
  5. Letter of support from their supervisors and/or mentors
  6. A Personal Development Plan (PDP), which outlines implementation science and other soft skills to be developed, expected outputs and timeframe (access link for the PDP is here). The
    PDP should be based on results of research skills needs self-assessment (access to the tool is here).
  7. Budget which may include part-time salary for protected research time; travel and/or telephone expenses to participate in research-related short courses or conferences; any expenses which will facilitate preparation of submission of a research grant application to research-funding agencies.

Incomplete applications with missing documents will automatically be considered as ineligible and will not be reviewed.
The documents must be submitted as a single PDF document to the CoM M-HIRST Project
Coordinator – (mhirstcoordinator@medcol.mw). The deadline for receiving applications will be on Monday, 26th October 2020 at 23:59 hrs

B. Master of Philosophy (MPhil) / Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Fellowship
The M-HIRST Program will provide tuition, stipend and research funds for applicants wishing to pursue MPhil/PhD degree program at the CoM focussing on HIV-related implementation science.
Interested candidates must fulfil the eligibility criteria outlined below and must have research concepts focussing on high priority areas highlighted in any of the following strategic documents:

  1. Malawi National HIV Strategic Plan 2020-2025 (NSP 2020-2025) which outline Malawi
    government’s priority HIV strategies and interventions.
  2. US Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Country Operating Plan (2020-
    2021).
  3. Global Fund-supported HIV interventions for the period 2021 to 2024.
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Applicants are strongly advised to have preliminary discussions with M-HIRST Program Directors (through mhirstcoordinator@medcol.mw) to enable matching of prospective applicant with supervisors or research groups and to develop research concepts before submitting an application.
Applicants without approved research concepts and/or supervisors will not be shortlisted.
The CoM accepts MPhil/PhD applications all year round but candidates can commence their studies on 1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October each year.

Eligibility requirements

  1. Master’s degree in a relevant subject from any recognized university or;
  2. A medical degree or its equivalent, or an appropriate honors degree in the first or upper second division in a relevant discipline
  3. Approved research concept.

Submission requirements (after approval of the research concept)

  1. A completed postgraduate application form. The forms are available at
    www.medcol.mw/application-forms/or CoM Central Registry
  2. Sealed academic transcripts
  3. Authenticated copies of academic certificates
  4. Authenticated copies of professional registration certificates where applicable
  5. A copy of the approve research concept.
  6. Reference letters (one academic and one professional)

A non-refundable application fee of MK10000.00 should be paid to the following bank account:
COM POSTGRADUATE POOL
NATIONAL BANK OF MALAWI
CHICHIRI BRANCH
ACCOUNT NUMBER : 698881
CURRENT ACCOUNT
Application forms that do not meet the requirements stated above will not be processed.
Completed application should be sent:
The Registrar
College of Medicine
Private Bag 360 Chichiri
Blantyre 3, Malawi
Attention: Assistant Registrar (Academic)
Tel: + 265 (0) 1 874 107, Fax +265 (0) 1 874 700

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