2020-21 Doctoral Project Travelling Scholarships

Current doctoral students at LSHTM are invited to apply for competitive funding support for their doctoral projects (DrPH RSII/thesis).

These awards are to support substantial periods of study in the destination country.

GBP 40,000.00 is available for award from LSHTM’s endowment funds. Successful candidates will be made awards of between GBP 500.00 and GBP 5,000.00.

Due to the source of some of the funds available, some preference may be given to applications for visits to low or lower-middle income countries.

List of winners’ project titles from the past five years.

Award Year 2019-20
  • Using whole genome sequencing to characterise the genetic diversity of mosquitoes and pathogens involved in vector borne disease
  • Characterisation of the live pig trade network in Cambodia to inform the dynamics and optimised management strategies of disease
  • The body tells the history. Marriage, family formation and the sexual and reproductive health of Palestinian young women under occupation in the Hebron governorate
  • Epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in a cohort of transgender women in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Improving parental involvement in the education of children with disabilities in Malawi
  • From new to routine: how an electronic decision support system changes the quality and process of antenatal care in India and Nepal
  • Exploring the evolution of the gender-based violence (GBV) coordination system in Lebanon’s humanitarian response
Award Year 2018-19
  • Patterns of occupational exposure to carbon monoxide and particulate matter and its relationship to respiratory symptoms and lung function among cassava grits processors in the middle belt of Ghana
  • The introduction of the Sugary Beverages Levy in South Africa: Exploring policy on the ground in the context of NCDs and HIV
  • Contextual and political factors influencing implementation of the Essential Medicines List in Kenya
  • Developing effective communication practices among public health workers in fragile states: A mixed-method evaluation of management practices in Liberia’s civil service
  • Co-circulating arboviruses in Latin America between 2015-2017: Chikungunya virus, Dengue virus & Zika virus
  • Myanmar to Thailand labour migration: The social and intermediary networks that influence and facilitate engagement in decent versus exploitative work
  • Improving Parental Involvement to support inclusive education for school-based children with disabilities in Northern Malawi
  • Exploring Access to Health-Related Rehabilitation Services for Persons with Disabilities in the Maldives
  • Infection Surveillance by Telephone Early Postpartum
Award Year 2017-18
  • New pharmacokinetic and PK/PD drug development methodologies for cutaneous leishmaniasis
  • Understanding the determinants of quality of primary care in Tunisia
  • Building resilience and sustainability for Gender-based violence programming in Lebanon’s humanitarian crisis response
  • Integration of community-based health interventions through the lens of communities & community health workers
  • Vaginal Inflammation in Zambian Women with Female Genital Schistosomiasis and its Role in a Model for HIV Acquisition
  • Developing a rapid method to assess the prevalence and causes of hearing loss in population-based surveys
  • Young people’s lived experiences and perceptions of sexual health in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Adoption and Institutionalisation of Social Innovation in Public Health Systems: Experiences from Malawi and Rwanda
Award Year 2016-17
  • The next Ebola: Considering the Role of the Military in Epidemic Response
  • How much do fathers matter? Paternal investment and child wellbeing in rural Tanzania
  • Assessing attitudes towards methods of long-term care of the elderly in India
  • Exploring approaches suitable for the evaluation of social interventions: A process evaluation examining the link between comprehensive sexuality education and the prevention of intimate partner violence in Mexico City
  • Mosquito biting behaviour and malaria transmission: interactions between intrinsic host preferences and local environmental conditions
  • Streets of Sustenance? Profiling Food Environments in Telangana, India
Award Year 2015-16
  • Understanding the need for social protection amongst people with disabilities
  • Progressing health equity in political transition: an analysis of the key determinants of health equity policy space and its use in Myanmar 2005-2015
  • T Cell responses to Malaria pre-erythrocytic stages: Translating immunoinformatic and murine model data to humans
  • Access to and utilisation of integrated mental health services in rural India
  • Occupational shifts away from agriculture: A mixed methods approach to understanding its effects on cardiovascular disease risk in India
  • Evaluating the effect of population movements on dengue transmission dynamics
Award Year 2014-15
  • School Absenteeism in Northern Malawi: Trends, Influences and the Impact of Highly Efficient Cooking Stoves
  • The effect of nadir CD4+ T-cell count on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection and cervical cancer precursor lesions in women living with HIV in Africa
  • The Sustainable Development Goals: Understanding why and how states exert power and influence in global health
  • Intervention in Translation: Exploring the localised and contested meanings of opioid pharmacotherapy in Kenya
  • Novel targets of naturally acquired immunity to Plasmodium knowlesi
  • A study to investigate mycobacterium-specific antibody responses within two Ugandan cohorts
  • The social and political factors supporting evidence advisory bodies for health

Eligibility for funding

Applicants must be registered for a DrPH or PhD programme at LSHTM.  

As this funding is intended for doctoral projects, any award will only be paid once students have submitted final confirmation of upgrading or DrPH Review to the Scholarships team in Registry. 

Where appropriate, ethics approval must be obtained (LSHTM and local) and will need to be submitted to the Scholarships Team in Registry before any funding can be released.

All those in receipt of a Research Degree Travelling Scholarship award must follow the policy, guidance and requirements of LSHTM (including LSHTM travel insurance), UK FCDO, and destination government, at the time of proposed and actual travel.

How to apply

Applicants must submit, in a single email to Scholarships Team:


  • a full project proposal, (no more than four A4 pages) which should include:
    • a background statement (introduction and rationale);
    • a description of the work to be done, the methods to be used, and the anticipated outcomes;
    • a timetable;
    • an account of the benefits to the student's future career;
    • a description of the features of the institution being visited that make it a suitable venue. 

Usually awards are only made towards the cost of travel and accommodation, but depending on the funds available it may be possible to consider a contribution to other project expenses and therefore a fully costed budget is required.

Applications will be assessed on the merit of the project. Documentation provided will be scrutinised for feasibility and reasonable economy.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Incomplete applications include those with missing supplementary information or documentation as listed above.

All applications will only be reviewed and processed after the deadline. All applications that are submitted before the deadline will be considered equally, regardless of submission date.  

By submitting an application for this funding applicants agree to its Terms & Conditions.

The deadline for receipt of complete applications is 08:00 am (BST) on Monday 26 April 2021.