WHO/AFRO Fellowship Programme on Public Health Emergencies in Africa (Fully Funded)

WHO/AFRO Fellowship Programme on Public Health Emergencies in Africa

Application Deadline: 13 November 2022

The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) welcomes qualified applicants to apply for fellowship program aimed at enhancing the management of public health emergencies in Africa through the COVID-19 Incident Management Support Team (IMST).

WHO AFRO seeks to support 15 aspirant Master’s degree students, PhD fellows, and emergency public health managers and leaders (Fellows) in Africa in acquiring advanced skills and competencies for strategizing, managing, and leading health programs that will positively transform future public health emergency response on the continent through three-month fellowship program.

The fellowship program aims to bridge the emergency public health management and research-to-policy gaps, as well as to generate well-equipped, adaptable managers and leaders, as required by the WHO Emergency Response Framework and the International Health Regulations (2005). 
It also aims to manage the complicated context of public health practice in order to achieve and sustain positive influence on health, politics, negotiation, partnerships, and health diplomacy.
The fellowship will take hybrid approach, combining face-to-face engagements with technology-based activities, in accordance with WHO’s flagship program, Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR), which seeks to reinforce and scale up the quality and scope of public health emergency management in Africa over the next five years.

Fellowship Details

A total of 15 fellowships will be awarded to:

  • Five Master’s degree students
  • Five PhD students;
  • Five mid- and senior-level public health experts.

Criteria for Eligibility

Candidates must meet the following requirements to be considered:

  • Be citizens of any WHO Member State working on COVID-19, with preference given to citizens of the WHO African Region.
  • Master’s Fellows must be enrolled in Master’s degree program.
  • PhD/DPhil Fellows must be enrolled in PhD program.
  • You must be full-time employee (public/private sector or academia) with Master’s degree, public health qualification, or PhD. (mid- or senior-level career Fellows).
  • Have professional public health experience (One Health, medicine, health financing, health economics, health policy, animal health, social sciences, and environmental health).
  • Have relevant experience that has helped to promote public health emergency management in Africa.
  • Demonstrate the potential for good public health management to improve population health outcomes.


  • WHO AFRO will provide financial assistance to fellows to cover tuition and research expenses.

How to Apply

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • A recent Curriculum Vitae.
  • Confirmation of registration in an academic institution (for Master’s degree and PhD fellows).
  • Letter of employment (mid- and senior-level experts).
  • A 500-word motivation statement for the Master’s degree students outlining their objectives and plan for the fellowship.
  • A 2000 – 3000-word proposal for all applicants (Master’s, PhD students and mid-/senior-level experts) outlining the proposed project with the following section:
  1. Introduction of the subject of research.
  2. Relevance and pertinence of the subject.
  3. Brief literature review on the subject.
  4. Objectives.
  5. Research plan and activities.
  6. Potential use of the outcomes of the research.
  7. Conclusion.

For Further Information:

Visit the Official Website of the WHO/AFRO Fellowship Programme on Public Health Emergencies in Africa

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