The Positive Action for Children Fund Scholarship Programme combines completion of a health/development-focused qualifying MSc programme with practical industry experience to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be effective advocates and catalysts of change in their home country, with a particular focus on championing the role of community interventions in contributing to the HIV and global health response.
The programme’s objectives are to:
-build knowledge, understanding and skills in global health theory;
-apply this learning within the development industry context through practical experience;
-develop strategies to address in-country health gaps and accelerate country-level responses, with a particular focus on community-led interventions; and
-grow in-country advocates and catalysts for positive change in HIV/AIDS programming.
The qualifying programmes are: MSc Control of Infectious Diseases, MSc Epidemiology, MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing, MSc Public Health, MSc Public Health for Development, and MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research.
Each scholarship will cover:
-tuition fees, including any mandatory field trip fees, and
-a tax-free stipend (living allowance) of GBP 16,750.00, and
-GBP 2,000.00 towards MSc project costs, and
-a training support grant for the practical learning element of the award.
-It is a condition of this funding that PACF Scholars must undertake a three-month practical element at PACF’s London office, during the period they conduct their MSc project. The purpose of this is to provide students with training, learning, and practical experience, and an opportunity to complete their MSc project, whilst undertaking their placement at PACF.
To be eligible for these scholarships, applicants must
-be nationals of, and resident in, countries in sub-Saharan Africa; and
-intend to return to sub-Saharan Africa on completion of their MSc year at the School; and
-have 2 years experience working in any function (board, staff, volunteer etc.) within a grassroots community based organisation with a focus on HIV/AIDS and/or public health intervention. The selection committee consider a grassroots community organisation to be a non-profit group that work with local communities in delivering HIV/AIDS and/or public health interventions. Applications are encouraged from volunteers, youth group leaders, peer-support group leaders who are delivering locally based interventions.
-confirm (by submitting an application for this scholarship) that s/he would not otherwise be able to pay for their proposed programme of study, and
-agree to undertaking a 3 month placement with PACF, in their London office, during the summer (whilst simultaneously undertaking their MSc project); and
-meet the School’s minimum English language requirements, as required for admission to study, if short-listed;