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Health Policy & Systems Science Scholarship

A scholarship programme to support future Chinese research leaders in the field of Health Policy and Systems Science (HPSS) to pursue PhD-related training at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, or post-doctoral research.

Background

The Health Policy and Systems Science Programme is a joint initiative of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the China Medical Board. 

In the fifth year of the Programme, it is offering three scholarship options: (1) PhD training at the School for candidates who want to obtain an PhD degree at the School, (2) Sandwich PhD training at the School for students registered for a PhD at one of the partner universities or (3) Post-doctoral research at School for candidates who have already completed a PhD or are about to do so.

Training and research must be relevant to the subject area of health policy and systems science in China. Scholarship participants will benefit from a world-class research environment in London, and will build their knowledge and understanding of health systems and policy research through jointly supervised research.

The generous scholarship provides a complete package of support for the successful student.

The overall aim of the scholarship programme is to enhance the capacity for health policy and systems science in our partner universities: Peking University Health Sciences Centre, and West China Medical Centre, Sichuan University

Eligibility

Applicants must be associated with, or have graduated from, Peking University Health Sciences Centre and/or West China Medical Centre, Sichuan University.  

The following three options are available:

  1. London-registered PhD
  2. PhD training (China-registered PhD)
  3. Post-doctoral research

1. London-registered PhD

This opportunity is most appropriate for students wishing to be registered at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in order to complete a PhD degree in the field of health policy and systems in China. The scholarship funding will cover up to two years of study in London (covering supervision and any taught modules) and one year of field work based at one of our two partner universities in China.

The scholarship includes:

  • Tuition fees for the duration of the PhD (covering supervision and taught modules).
  • Monthly stipend for up to two years to cover living expenses (approximately GBP 1,100.00 per month).
  • Two return tickets from China to London.
  • Other costs, up to a maximum of GBP 10,000.00, according to the specific needs of each student and as decided together by the student’s London and Chinese supervisors in consultation with the student, including visits of the London supervisor to China, fieldwork costs, conference attendance etc.

All applicants must:

  • Have completed (or be about to complete) a master’s degree with an excellent record of academic achievement.
  • Want to do research related to health systems and/or health policy in China.
  • Meet our English language requirements of 7 overall on IELTS and 7 in writing. Recent IELTS test results must be submitted with the scholarship application; only under exceptional circumstances will a candidate be considered who does not fully meet our requirements at the time of application; in these cases requirements must be met by 3 months before the start of the programme.

If contact has already been made with a potential supervisor from the School, this should be stated.

2. PhD training (China-registered PhD)

Scholarship funding is available to support the training of PhD students registered for a PhD at one of the two eligible Chinese universities in a subject relevant to health policy and systems in China. The scholarship funding will cover up to two years of study in London (covering supervision and any taught modules).

The scholarship includes:

  • Tuition fees for the period spent in London (covering supervision and taught modules).
  • Monthly stipend for up to two years to cover living expenses (approximately GBP 1,100 per month).
  • Two return tickets from China to London.
  • Other costs, to a maximum of GBP 10,000 according to the specific needs of each student and as decided together by the student’s London and Chinese supervisors in consultation with the student, covering visits of Chinese supervisor to London and London supervisor to China, fieldwork costs, conference attendance, etc.

All applicants must:

  • Be registered for a PhD at one of our partner universities.
  • Want to do research related to health systems and/or health policy in China.
  • Meet our English language requirement of 7 overall in IELTS and 7 in writing. Recent IELTS test results must be submitted with the scholarship application; only under exceptional circumstances will a candidate be considered who does not fully meet our requirements at the time of application; in these cases requirements must be met by 3 months before the start of the programme.
  • Provide a letter of support from his or her supervisor in China.

If contact has already been made with a potential supervisor from the School, this should be stated.

3. Post-doctoral research

This opportunity is most appropriate for candidates who have completed (or are about to complete) their PhD training and wish to pursue a post-doctoral research project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine supervised by a School staff member along with a Chinese supervisor. The research project will cover a subject relevant to health policy and systems in China and will be done in collaboration with one of our two partner universities. The scholarship funding will cover up to two years in London (covering supervision and other expenses as agreed with the supervisor). Applicants with access to data relevant to health policy and systems science in China which they wish to analyse during their time in London are particularly encouraged to apply.

The scholarship includes

  • An annual stipend of GBP 25,000.00.
  • Other School costs, to a maximum of GBP 10,000.00, to cover library fees, IT fees, office space, etc.
  • Two return tickets from China to London.
  • Other research costs, to a maximum of GBP 10,000.00, according to the specific needs of each applicant  and as decided together by the London and Chinese supervisors in consultation with the applicant, to assist with exchange visits of supervisors, fieldwork costs, conference attendance, etc

All applicants must:

  • Have obtained (or be about to obtain) a PhD degree.
  • Want to do a research project related to health systems and/or health policy in China.
  • Meet our English language requirement of 7 overall in IELTS and 7 in writing. Recent IELTS test results must be submitted with the scholarship application; only under exceptional circumstances will a candidate be considered who does not fully meet our requirements at the time of application; in these cases requirements must be met by 3 months before the start of the post-doctoral period.
  • Provide a letter of support from a senior academic at one of the partner Universities who will act as the Chinese supervisor.

If contact has already been made with a potential supervisor from the School, this should be stated.

Next steps:

All candidates interested in any of the above three options must contact Professors Carine Ronsmans and Kara Hanson informally first for discussion. 

How to apply: 

Eligible candidates will then be invited to make a formal application for one of the following:

  1. a London-based PhD
  2. a sandwich PhD
  3. post-doctoral training (doc)

Interested candidates are encouraged to look at the application process before contacting Professors Hanson and Ronsmans. In all cases a written research proposal will be needed with the application, and interviews will be conducted with shortlisted candidates. The scholarship award is conditional on the offer and acceptance of a place on a PhD or sandwich PhD, and identification of supervisors for the post-doctoral research project.

There can be some flexibility in the timing of the period spent in London, depending on the nature of the support required and agreement between the supervisors.

Deadline: applications must be submitted by 23:59 GMT on 15 January 2017.

If you have any questions please email Sylvia Marinova