2021-22 Jeroen Ensink Memorial Fund Scholarship

Photograph of Dr Jeroen Ensink

Dr Jeroen HJ Ensink (10 November 1974 – 29 December 2015)

Jeroen Ensink was a Senior Lecturer in Public Health Engineering at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and a Course Director for the MSc Public Health for Development between 2009 and 2015.

Jeroen was passionately committed to a simple cause: improving access to water and sanitation in countries where children continue to die needlessly due to the lack of these basic services. As a researcher and educator, his career crossed many continents, living and working in Asian and African countries, collaborating with numerous universities and international agencies. He was a natural educator and immensely popular with students in whom he invested much time and energy. He provided support and inspiration in equal measure and many of his students are now successful researchers and public health professionals in their own right. 

Following his death on 29 December 2015, LSHTM established a Memorial Fund in his name to support students from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia who are committed to improving public health in low- or middle- income countries and wish to undertake the MSc Public Health for Development programme.

Scholarship award

One scholarship is available to applicants for 2021-22 MSc Public Health for Development programme. This full-time one-year studentship covers:

  • full-time overseas tuition fees for 2021-22 (including the mandatory field trip fee); and
  • flights from the student’s home country to the United Kingdom, and return on expiry of the scholarship (to be booked by the Scholarships team in LSHTM Registry); and
  • a tax-free stipend (living allowance) of GBP 17,400.00.

Eligibility for funding

To be eligible for a scholarship under this fund, applicants must:

  • have been accepted onto the 2021-22 MSc Public Health for Development course; and
  • have demonstrated a commitment to WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene); and
  • be a citizen of one of the following sub-Saharan African or South Asian countries: Afghanistan; Angola; Bangladesh; Benin; Botswana; Bhutan; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Central African Republic; Chad; Comoros; Republic of Congo; Democratic Republic of Congo; Djibouti; Equatorial Guinea; Ethiopia; Eritrea; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; India; Ivory Coast; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Maldives; Mali; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mozambique; Namibia; Nepal; Niger; Nigeria; Pakistan; Rwanda; São Tomé and Príncipe; Senegal; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Sudan; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe.

Applicants must meet the LSHTM’s minimum English language proficiency requirements if shortlisted for this funding.

To apply

Applicants should follow both steps outlined below by the scholarship deadline of 23:59 (BST) on Tuesday 30 March 2021.

Step 1

Submit an application for study for the MSc Public Health for Development, via the LSHTM admissions portal.

Step 2

Submit an online scholarships application, selecting the ‘2021-22 Jeroen Ensink Memorial Fund Scholarship’ option from the drop-down menu.

As part of this application applicants must upload a complete Curriculum Vitae (CV), and a statement of motivation of no more than 1,000 words. The statement of motivation should address the following: a brief biography of your life and career, clarifying your commitment to WASH, and your reasons for choosing the MSc Public Health for Development, and   your future plans and ambitions in the field of public health.

Applicants must submit both CV and the statement of motivation with their scholarship application to be considered for this funding, even though they may have already submitted a statement with their application for admission. Applicants may choose to tailor this statement for the funding (and therefore submit something different to their standard MSc programme application statement),

Application notes

  • Applicants are advised to complete Step 1 early to allow time for their GBP 50.00 LSHTM admissions application fee payment to be processed. Until the payment is processed applicants will be unable to submit an application for study. We would therefore recommend that applicants for this funding complete and submit their application for study at least 1-2 weeks before the scholarships deadline to ensure that there are no admissions or payment processing delays which could impact on meeting the scholarship deadline.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for this funding. Incomplete applications includes those with missing supplementary documentation at either/both steps 1 and 2 above. Applicants are encouraged to communicate with their referees as early as possible in the application process, notifying them of this deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their references have been submitted (for their application of study on the admissions portal) by the scholarship closing date.
  • Each applicant should submit only one Jeroen Ensink MSc Scholarship application. We would therefore encourage applicants to check carefully their online application and attachment before submission, as the first application submitted will be the one considered and there will be no opportunity to upload a statement of motivation or CV after submission.
  • Applicants who have already submitted a completed 2021-22 London-based MSc Public Health for Development application for study and/or have been made an offer of admission for the 2021-22 London-based MSc Public Health for Development programme should apply for the scholarship by completing the scholarship application (step 2 above) and submitting this by the scholarship deadline.
  • Applicants whose application for study is successful will be asked to pay a deposit within 28 days of the offer of admission being sent. Applicants applying for scholarships at LSHTM must email the Admissions team to advise that they are awaiting the scholarship outcome (applicants must provide the Admissions team with both the name of the scholarship and the expected decision date in this email). This must be repeated for every application for which the applicant has applied. The Admissions team will then extend the deposit deadline to match the decision deadline of the scholarship funding.
  • Applicants who encounter any technical difficulties whilst using the online scholarships application form should, in the first instance, try clearing their browser cache and ensuring that they are using the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. If this does not fix the technical issue, please contact LSHTM’s IT Services team, providing the full name of the applicant; the scholarship that is being applied for; and the technical issue that has been encountered. Please also attach a screen shot where possible:
  • For any queries about the application process, scholarship requirements or applications deadline, please contact the LSHTM Scholarships team:
  • By submitting an application for this funding applicants agree to its terms and conditions.

Selection process

  • The MSc Public Health for Development Programme Directors will assess all applications for study/admission for suitability for the course. Successful applications (i.e. those with applicants who will be made an offer of admission) will be considered for the Jeroen Ensink Memorial Scholarship.
  • The short-listing and final selection for the scholarship will be made by a scholarships panel. If deemed necessary, the panel may request a short telephone interview with prospective candidates as part of the selection process.
  • Applicants should be aware that their application for this scholarship award may be considered alongside the documents submitted for their application to the MSc Public Health for Development programme.
  • 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.  
  • All decisions taken by the committee will be final and there is no provision for appeal.
  • Decisions will be reached, and the successful applicant and short-listed reserve candidates will be notified, before 31 May 2021.