The George Institute For Global Health
United Kingdom

Scholarship Opportunity: Developing a Sustainable Global Health Workforce – Challenges and Opportunities

Type of career: 
Postgraduate opportunities
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Contact name: 
Rohina Joshi

An opportunity for a prestigious UNSW Scientia PhD scholarships in public health research at The George Institute for Global Health, comprising:

  • $40,000 per annum stipend for four years (tax free)
  • Tuition fees covered for the full 4-year period (for international and local students)
  • Coaching and mentoring as part of your highly personalized career and leadership development plan
  • Up to $10,000 each year to build your career and support your international research collaborations.

The shortage of health workers needed to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals is over 17 million, the largest shortages being in Asia (6.9 million) and Africa (4.2 million). Africa contributes to 25% of the global burden of disease with only 3% of the global health workforce. With labour market globalisation, high-income countries actively encourage professional health workers migration from low and middle-income countries to supplement their workforce. This project explores mechanisms to maintain an equitable distribution of health professionals and the responsibilities of HICs to facilitate the right of citizens in source countries to a reasonable standard of health.

The ideal candidate will be medically trained with an understanding of health systems in Low and Middle Income Countries and knowledge of health and human rights principles and policies. Skills in qualitative methods and policy analysis is required.

The supervisory team is Dr David Peiris, The George Institute for Global Health, Dr Rohina Joshi, The George Institute for Global Health, and Professor Andrea Durbach from UNSW.

Please submit your applications via the UNSW website:   

The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is part of UNSW’s dedication to harnessing our cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. Scientia scholars will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated potential for contributing to the social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the UNSW 2025 Strategy. The Scientia Scheme is targeted in that applicants apply to a specific research area with an identified supervisory team and application is by nomination.  To learn more about the Scientia PhD scholarship, click here: