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DAAD PhD in Healthcare Management Scholarships

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), in collaboration with the Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL), KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Program (KWTRP) and Strathmore University’s Institute of Healthcare Management, are offering DAAD In-Country/In-Region Ph.D. Scholarships for year 2020.


  • Applications Deadline: 31st January 2020
  • Course Level and Subject: Ph.D. in Healthcare Management
  • Award: The winners will receive:
    • The award includes full tuition fees, a monthly stipend at DAAD rates and some contribution towards research costs. Please note that this is not a fully-funded position, as DAAD will only provide funding as stated in the in the Call for Scholarship Applications 2020 information sheet.
    • The successful applicants will be registered at Strathmore University and supervised by renowned health systems researchers from Strathmore and KWTRP. They will also have access to generic skills training by IDEAL.
  • Nationality: Citizens of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Number of Awards: Up to 5 scholarships available.


  • Eligible Countries: Students of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Entrance Requirements: Candidates must meet following eligibility criteria:
    • Be a national of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Must have a Masters degree qualification with above average results (at least Second Class/Upper division). To be eligible, this must be a management-related Masters (e.g. MBA in Healthcare Management) or a Master of Public Health degree with at least three years management experience or health systems research experience.
    • Other health-related Masters degrees may be considered if very strong experience in healthcare management and/or research can be demonstrated.
    • Must have proof of admission to Strathmore University for the PhD program or official letter assuring admission.
  • Female candidates and candidates from less privileged regions or groups as well as candidates with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
  • PhD-scholarships are initially granted for one year and can be extended to a maximum of the regular period of study upon receipt of an application for extension. Scholars must demonstrate satisfactory progress before an extension is granted. The maximum period for the PhD is three years.

Application Procedure

    • To apply for the opportunity, you first need an admission letter/letter assuring admission from Strathmore University as the host institution.
      • Applications for these opportunities are will be managed jointly by IDeAL and Strathmore University.
      • Applications should be submitted to Strathmore University no later than Friday 31st January 2020 at 5.00pm East African Time.
    • The following documents should be submitted to the University during application
      • Duly filled in Graduate Application Form
      • Hand signed curriculum vitae (please use the European specimen form at (, including publications (if applicable).
      • 2 recommendation letters from a previous university or universities
      • Letter of admission to Strathmore/commitment to admit
      • Certified copies of university degree certificates including transcripts
      • Letter of motivation (if applicable: mentioning the planned research stay in Germany, see “Additional benefits”)
      • Copy of the identity card or passport
      • A current passport size photo
      • If available, information on the recognition of the university degree
      • certificates in the host country
      • If applicable, information on the UNHCR registration as refugee
      • Declaration of acceptance from the academic supervisor
      • Detailed and precise PhD proposal (10-15 pages), including detailed work and time table (if applicable: mentioning the planned research stay in Germany, see “Additional benefits”). Additionally, a word format of the proposal (10-15 pages) has to be submitted to the institution for plagiarism check.
      • Abstract of the proposal on one page (include name and title of proposal
      • A copy of the research work undertaken at Master level (dissertation).

How to Apply

To apply for the opportunity, the applicants must submit an online application through the given link:
Click here to download the Graduate Application Form.
Click here to download the DAAD Information Sheet.

Additional benefits

DAAD In-Country/In-Region scholarship holders are also
a) encouraged to apply for a research grant in Germany for 3 up to 6 months.
Please note: The short-term research stay in Germany should preferably be announced in the application for the regular scholarship and can only be awarded if the necessary financial means are available.
The short-term research scholarship includes:
• A monthly scholarship payment for living costs
• Health/accident/personal liability insurance
• A flat-rate travel allowance
b) invited to apply for different Summer Schools in Germany (four weeks).
All further details regarding additional benefits and the additional application processes will be provided after admission to the scholarship programme.


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Key Details

Applications Deadline: 31st January 2020

Course Level and Subject: Ph.D. in Healthcare Management

Nationality: Citizens of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Number of Awards: Up to 5 scholarships available.

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