ABOUT HEARD                                                     ABOUT THE
                                                              A critical component of achieving
The Health Economics and HIV/AIDS
                                                              HEARD's mission is investing in the
Research Division (HEARD) based at the
                                                              development of African scholars to
University of KwaZulu-Natal is a regional
                                                              master quantitative and qualitative
and global leader for applied research
                                                              research methods for understanding
and policy development on critical health
                                                              policy problems and for devising,
and development challenges for the
                                                              evaluating and/or implementing policy or
African continent. HEARD's mission is to
                                                              programmatic solutions. The aim of our
influence and support evidence-based
                                                              PhD programme is to produce expertly
policy and good practice to more
                                                              qualified graduates to advise or to be part
effectively address Africa’s health and
                                                              of influential policy-making or programme
development issues and to contribute to
                                                              implementing entities in Africa, and to
achieving health and sustainable
                                                              pursue additional research priorities
development across the continent.

                                            PHD SCHOLARSHIP
THREE scholarships will be awarded to students undertaking research focusing on
                                           health financing, health systems and health policy, as specified below:

    1. The Global Financing Facility:                            2. Universal Health Coverage and Health Equity                            3. Pathways to UHC: Prioritising health
Emperor’s new clothes or a paradigm shift                      With the adoption of the SDGs, countries have expressed a desire to work   services and coordination of donor funds
 for health financing in low and middle                        towards universal health coverage, with financial risk protection as a     Many low-income countries rely heavily on donor funding
           income countries?                                   means to improve health and reduce health inequities. Its implementation   to finance essential health services. However, this type of
 The Global Financing Facility (GFF) in Support of Every       in several countries has however seen health inequalities rise in recent   funding is often directed to a specific disease or
 Woman Every Child is the innovative approach to               years.                                                                     population group. These countries have at the same time
 financing that sees countries significantly increase                                                                                     committed to work towards universal health coverage
 investment in the health of their own people. The GFF         In order to test the association between UHC, improved reach/access and    with financial risk protection.
 aims to save and improve lives and increase countries’        health outcomes, dedicated research might entail Identifying a country     Effective provision of services under UHC requires proper
 ability to thrive in the global economy. The initiative was   which has recently adopted UHC, studying how reducing inequities are       prioritisation of which services should be provided and to
 launched as part of a global conversation about how to        addressed and analyzing the outcomes.                                      whom.
 finance the SDGs and empower/enable countries to work                                                                                    Countries must take a holistic approach to health and plan
 towards achieving the SDGs.                                                                                                              how a package of essential services can be delivered to
 The idea of the GFF is to create a country model that                                                                                    the entire population. As governments only control part
 brings together multiple sources of financing in a                                                                                       of the available funds, and as donor funds are usually
 synergistic way to support national priorities. This model                                                                               directed toward a specific purpose, it limits governments’
 includes drawing on other sectors that influence health                                                                                  ability to reallocate resources in line with identified
 and nutrition outcomes, such as education, water and                                                                                     priorities.
 sanitation, and social protection. A potential PhD project                                                                               Identify an African country which is heavily reliant on
 could look at increasing the understanding of how the GFF                                                                                development assistance to provide health services.
 has been established at a country level and what the                                                                                     Explore how such services are prioritised and how this is
 effects of the GFF has been on allocative, technical and                                                                                 linked to the coordination of donor funding. Explore to
 administrative efficiency in sub-Saharan African countries.                                                                              what extent resources, both domestic and external, are
                                                                                                                                          directed towards prioritised services. To what extent can
                                                                                                                                          countries influence the reallocation of donor funding?
WHO SHOULD APPLY?                                                   HOW TO APPLY                                                              NOTES
                                                                                                                               • Applicants in the process of completing a
Applications are invited from citizens of all African   APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE:
                                                                                                                                 Master’s degree will not be considered.
countries. Female candidates and, in the case of        • A letter of motivation
                                                                                                                               • PhD students may not work while studying.
South Africa, those from previously disadvantaged       • CV
                                                                                                                               • Funding will be renewed annually over the three
backgrounds, are especially encouraged to apply.        • An eight to ten page concept note on one of the three above-
                                                                                                                                 year period dependent on satisfactory progress.
                                                          mentioned three research questions.
                                                                                                                               • The first scholarship tranche will be released on
APPLICANTS MUST:                                        • Certified copies of both your academic qualifications and of your
                                                                                                                                 proof of PhD registration and the opening of a
• Hold a Master’s Degree (first or upper second           full academic records. In the case of qualifications obtained
                                                                                                                                 South African bank account.
  class pass or its equivalent)                           from non-English speaking countries and English translation
                                                                                                                               • If you have not received a reply within 8 weeks
• Have demonstrable research experience                   must be included.
                                                                                                                                 of he closing date, kindly consider your
• Undertake to register for a PhD dissertation (full    • A certified copy of your ID/passport.
                                                                                                                                 application as unsuccessful.
   time) at the University of KwaZulu–Natal (UKZN)      • Two letters of reference, at least one of which must be
                                                                                                                               • Applications must be submitted to Cailin
• Make a commitment to remain on the African              academic.
                                                                                                                                 Hedderwick, PhD Programme Coordinator
  continent for at least TWO years after graduation.      The second can be from an individual of professional standing.

                                                                                                                               More information about HEARD is available at
                                                             FEES AND SCHOLARSHIP                                    

                                                        The value of each scholarship is R540, 000. It will be paid in equal   If you have not receive d a reply within 8 weeks of
                                                        tranches over three years. Tranche payments will be paid               the closing date, kindly consider your application
                                                        dependent on a satisfactory progress report. Successful                unsuccessful.
                                                        candidates are required to be based in Durban, South Africa, for
                                                        the duration of the scholarship, with the exception of the time
                                                        during which they may undertake field research elsewhere.
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