2022 Digital for Innovation Development in Africa (DIDA) PhD Fellowship for HealthCare Professionals in Africa

Deadline: May 13, 2022.

DIDA are delighted to announce a unique opportunity to undertake PhD research, supported by an international network of experts, developing digital diagnostics as transformative technologies for African Healthcare systems. They have 10 fully funded PhD fellowships starting in 2022, with projects spanning a range of disciplines including molecular diagnostic test development, clinical evaluation, health systems research, design engineering, and data modelling. Successful applicants will be based at African institutions and will be part of a close-knit cohort, receiving bespoke training in diagnostic development and professional skills which will equip them to be future leaders in this field.


  1. Applicants must be nationals of an African country and be suitably qualified to enter a PhD program
    at the host University.
  2. They expect that successful applicants will have a track-record of academic excellence, with a first class or upper second class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree.
  3. Applicant must have a relevant Masters degree (or clinical qualification).
  4. Applicants who do not have these qualifications but believe that they have equivalent relevant research or industrial experience should explain this clearly in their letter of motivation.


  1. The cohort of 10 Digital Diagnostics PhD Fellows will work closely together throughout the project to learn from- and support each through their inter-related projects.
  2. They will receive training and mentorship from our expert international faculty of researchers and practitioners, in addition to training and supervision offered through their own Universities.
  3. Each student will have additional travel and training allowances to enable them to undertake research and / or specific training courses as appropriate to their project and needs, and they anticipate brining all students together in years 1 and 3, to cement their relationships with one another.


Applicants must submit all three of the following documents by email to the Digital Diagnostics for
Africa Network Project Manager, Ms. Francesca Piffer, [email protected]

  1. Completed application form
  2. Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)
  3. Letter of Motivation (maximum 1 page)
    Applications must be written in English. If English is not your first language, please state this in your
    letter of Motivation. Further details of the requirements for each document are given below
    Application form. This is used for administrative and eligibility purposes and will not form part of the
    primary assessment process.
    • Disclaimer / agreement for data processing, storage, and contact in accordance with GDPR
    • Name, Gender, Date of Birth
    • Nationality, any other Nationalities held
    • PhD projects (numbers) that you would like to be considered for, in rank order (you can be
    considered for more than one project). See Table 1 for project numbers and details.
    • Project partner countries in which you would be prepared to work
    • Contact Address, phone number, email etc
    • Referee contact details (we may contact them before interview)


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