2023 Health Data Analytics Graduate Fellowship

Deadline: August 30, 2023.

The Nigerian National Health Information System is currently weak and unable to provide the much-needed quality health data required for decision-making. Among many structural and governance barriers, this weakness is also largely due to low data analytics and coordination capacity, as well as the fragmented and disorganised manner of data systems development in the country.

Data analytics can improve health care in different ways. Some of these include; regular monitoring of health outcomes, improving decision support mechanisms, informing policy development, etc. More importantly, policymakers and stakeholders in health with the use of data and analytics will be able to make use of new tools that can provide valuable insight into the health status of the populace, quality of service delivery and financial implications.

This fellowship will inform the next phase of technological and data analytical innovations/inventions to expand on the MSDAT platform for improved healthcare delivery and health system’s monitoring in Nigeria. The objectives of the HDA fellowship are to:

  • Build local capacity for research in health data analytics
  • Support the development of health data platforms, specifically the MSDAT
  • Improve the utilization of the MSDAT platform
  • Use findings to inform Health Information Systems (HIS) policy development
  • Facilitate the publication of research reports in recognized journals


To be eligible for this fellowship, the individual must fulfil the following requirements;

  1. Must hold an acceptable form of Identification (i.e. an International passport; Drivers’ licence; Voters’ Card, National Identity Number (NIN) card)
  2. Must be a postgraduate student of any accredited University with a valid means of identification
  3. Candidates should hold a Bachelor’s degree of at least a 3.5/5.0 CGPA (Second class upper honours) for Master’s students, and at least a Merit or its equivalent in Master’s, for PhD students. 
  4. Research goals should be targeted towards improving the Nigerian health system around the following areas:
  • Data Management
  • Visual Analytics
  • Data Mining
  • Data Integration
  • Health outcomes
  • Health financing
  • Health Workforce
  • Population and demographics
  • Health facility service availability and readiness
  • Health Impact
  • Advanced analytics
  • Open data advocacy
  • Big Data for health
  • Data demand and use
  • Statistical modelling of health data
  • Health Information System interoperability
  • Artificial Intelligence


The benefits of this fellowship include: 

  • Up to ₦1,000,000.00 (per fellow) for postgraduate research (including research expenses e.g. equipment, data collection etc) 
  • Capacity building in research and health data analytics
  • Possible job opportunities with eHealth4everyone on completion of the fellowship
  • Access to a network of individuals with shared interests
  • Mentorship and support from the administering body. This would translate into the provision of reviews and guidance during the course of their research.
  • Provision of datasets on request. 


  1. Carefully complete each section of the HDA fellowship form(s) and attach the required documents. These include:
    • Official transcripts from Academic Institution,
    • Curriculum Vitae (CVs)
    • Admission letters, 
    • Statement of purpose (maximum of 500 words), 
    • Research proposal/summary including timelines for execution, 
    • Letter of recommendation from Supervisor, Head of Department or Dean;
    • A previously published paper, if available. This would be an added advantage.
  2. A 2-minute video of the applicant explaining their research proposal and motivation, is required.
  3. The HDA fellowship committee will carefully review each proposal and make a final decision. If successful, applicants would be notified (within 8 weeks after the application deadline) that they have been selected to receive the research grant. 
  4. Successful applicants must officially “accept” the offer via an email within a week.

Please note: Funds are to be used for the research work ONLY. Funds would possibly cover textbooks, equipment, publications, and travels (for data collection activities etc). Costs that are indirectly related to the research would need to be approved by the HDA fellowship committee. 


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