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Dr Sylvia Meek Faculty of Tropical Medicine Scholarship for Entomology

Nigeria Scholarship  South Africa Scholarship  Asia Scholarship

 

Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship in Nigeria

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

Malaria Consortium is proud to announce its partnership with University of Nigeria, Nsukka, to continue Dr Sylvia Meek’s legacy through the Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology.

The Scholarship for Entomology has been set up in the memory of Dr Sylvia Meek, Malaria Consortium’s Global Technical Director whose untimely passing away in 2016 has left a big void in the fight against infectious diseases, and malaria in particular.

Both Malaria Consortium and University of Nigeria are committed to ensure Sylvia's values are carried on by the future generation of entomologists in Africa. Sylvia was not only a great scientist but someone with great compassion who was an inspiration to her associates and colleagues.

The scholarship, established in Sylvia’s honour by Malaria Consortium, will empower a new generation of public health entomologists and malaria staff in Africa and Asia. Given the limited number of field-oriented vector biologists, and the challenges African countries face in achieving malaria elimination, this scholarship is a great opportunity to support the next generation of public health entomologists in support of this quest.

Malaria Consortium is delighted that University of Nigeria is hosting recipients of the scholarship. University of Nigeria is the first indigenous university established in 1960, following the country’s independence. It is a land-grant university and according to webometric ranking (2017), University of Nigeria ranks among the top five universities in Nigeria.

The University of Nigeria will be accepting two scholarship students in 2017 for a two-year Master’s programme in Entomology at the Department of Zoology and Environmental Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, starting mid-October. 

  

Who can apply for the Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology at University of Nigeria?

 

Application and Selection Procedure

First step

Applicants should apply for their studies at University of Nigeria  by submitting the following documents to the Dean of the postgraduate school, Professor P Osadebe (patience.osadebe@unn.edu.ng) and to the Deputy Vice Chancellor, James Ogbonna (james.ogbonna@unn.edu.ng):

  1. An application letter, stating the area of entomology you intend to specialise in
  2. Bachelor’s degree certificate
  3. Bachelor’s degree academic transcript (grade report where the completed courses are listed)
  4. For those applicants from countries where English is not the official language: English proficiency test result or any other proof of proficiency in English

Please submit these documents no later than Sunday 27th August 2017.

University of Nigeria will screen, pre-select and shortlist applicants. The shortlist will be submitted to a scholarship selection panel comprising of University of Nigeria and Malaria Consortium vector control experts.

Second step

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to send to the scholarship selection panel the following:

  1. Personal statement written in English of no more than 500 words indicating why you would like to study entomology
  2. Two recommendations (can be professional or academic references)

Successful applicants will be contacted in due course.

Third step:

Selected students will start the academic year mid-October.

 

Financial aspects

The Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology will cover all tuition fees, a research study allowance, upkeep costs such as accommodation and board, an allowance to travel to Nigeria (if non-national) and return home after the course, health insurance and stationery costs for the duration of the MSc. degree, i.e. a maximum of two years, by which time the students should finish their degree.

 

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Sylvia Meek Scholarship in South Africa

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

Malaria Consortium is proud to announce its partnership with the University of Pretoria, South Africa, to continue Dr Sylvia Meek’s legacy through the Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology.

The Scholarship for Entomology has been set up in the memory of Dr Sylvia Meek, Malaria Consortium’s Global Technical Director whose untimely passing away in 2016 has left a big void in the fight against infectious diseases, and malaria in particular.

Both Malaria Consortium and University of Pretoria are committed to ensure Sylvia's values are carried on by the future generation of entomologists in Africa. Sylvia was not only a great scientist but someone with great compassion who was an inspiration to her associates and colleagues.

The scholarship, established in Sylvia’s honour by Malaria Consortium, will empower a new generation of public health entomologists and malaria staff in Africa and Asia. Given the limited number of field-oriented vector biologists, and the challenges African countries face in achieving malaria elimination, this scholarship is a great opportunity to support the next generation of public health entomologists in support of this quest.

Malaria Consortium is delighted that the University of Pretoria is hosting recipients of the scholarship. University of Pretoria is one of the leading higher education institutions on the continent. The university’s origins go back to 1908, and while building on a century of experience, it has transformed into the multicultural, multiracial university offering high-quality education it is nowadays. 

The University of Pretoria will be accepting one scholarship student in 2018 for a two-year Master of Science in Entomology based in and supervised by academic staff in the Department of Zoology and Entomology. The MSc in Entomology offered by the Department of Zoology and Entomology is a research-only programme that does not include a coursework component. The successful applicant will start their MSc programme before the end of March 2018.

 

Who can apply for the Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology at University of Pretoria?

 

Application and Selection Procedure

First step

Applicants should send an application to Dr Heike Lutermann at the University of Pretoria (hlutermann@zoology.up.ac.za), including the following documents:

  1. A cover letter not exceeding one A4 page, stating your educational background, the area of medical entomology you intend to specialise in, and
  2. A preliminary proposal of no more than 2 pages (including relevant references) for your research project, including project title, background and justification, objectives, methodology, and budget (no more than ZAR50 000 over two years,
    +/- £3,000) with brief justification. The preliminary proposal must focus on public health entomology.
  3. Bachelor’s and Honours degree certificates
  4. Bachelor’s and Honours degree academic transcripts (grade report where the completed courses are listed, including interpretation of grades when not numeric)
  5. English proficiency test result or any other proof of proficiency in English for applicants from countries where English is not the official language

It is advised that applicants contact Dr Lutermann before submitting their application so that she can suggest a suitable supervisor who can help to refine the preliminary proposal.

Please submit these documents no later than 17:00 (Johannesburg time; GMT+2) Friday 29 September 2017.

The University of Pretoria will screen and shortlist applications based on (1) the quality of the preliminary proposal and (2) eligibility for the MSc in Entomology programme. The shortlist will be submitted to a scholarship selection panel comprising of University of Pretoria and Malaria Consortium vector control experts.

Second step

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to send to the scholarship selection panel the following:

  1. Personal statement written in English of no more than 500 words indicating why you would like to study public health entomology
  2. Two letters of recommendation (can be professional or academic references)

 Shortlisted applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by Friday 27 October 2017.

Third step:

The successful applicant will be invited to submit an online application for the MSc in Entomology programme at the University of Pretoria. An admission letter will be processed, which can then be used by successful non-South African applicants to apply for a study visa in preparation for the start of the 2018 academic year. The successful applicant must be registered and commence the MSc in Entomology programme before 31 March 2018.

 

Financial aspects

The Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology will cover all tuition fees, a research allowance to the total value of ZAR50 000, +/- £3,000, upkeep costs such as accommodation and board, an allowance for travel to South Africa (if non-national) and return home after completion of the programme, health insurance, and stationery costs for the duration of the MSc programme, i.e. a maximum of two calendar years, by which time the students should finish their degree.

 

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Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship in Asia

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

The Dr Sylvia Meek Faculty of Tropical Medicine Scholarship for Entomology offers support to public health entomologist students, with a view to progressing South and Southeast Asia towards malaria elimination.

Background

The Scholarship for Entomology has been set up in memory of Malaria Consortium’s Global Technical Director, whose untimely passing away in 2016 has left a significant void in the fight against infectious diseases, and malaria in particular.  Malaria Consortium is delighted to have launched the scholarship in partnership with Mahidol University’s Faculty of Tropical Medicine (FTM) in Bangkok to continue Sylvia Meek’s legacy.  FTM is a global centre of excellence for entomology, vector control, malaria elimination and tropical medicine, with whom we look forward to cooperating.

Both Malaria Consortium and FTM are committed to ensuring Sylvia's values are carried on by Asia’s future entomologists. Sylvia was a great scientist, her dedication and compassion were an inspiration to her associates and colleagues and her legacy will support a new generation of public health specialists in Africa and Asia.

Established by Malaria Consortium, the scholarship is a very fitting tribute to a woman with such vision and passion.

In Asia, FTM will be hosting the scholarship, which will support two students through a two-year Masters’ programme in tropical medicine specialised in medical entomology starting in August 2017, one being selected from the countries of the Greater Mekong sub-region and one from South Asia.  It is our intention for this scholarship to be in place for at least a second intake in 2018.

Malaria Consortium is also holding discussions with African universities, allowing for the same number of African students to be eligible for scholarships in due course.

 

Who can apply for the scholarship at Mahidol University’s Faculty of Tropical Medicine?

 

How to apply

Applicants interested in the scholarship should provide the following information by 14 July 2017:

  1. Personal data
  2. Background
  3. Two recommendations (these can be professional or academic references)
  4. Certificate of health[1]

Applicants should also submit a copy of his/her degree transcript (grade report where the completed courses are listed) and a copy of the degree certificate.

Please send your application forms and aforementioned documents directly to: tmbstm@mahidol.ac.th

 

Timeline

Mahidol University Faculty of Tropical Medicine will initiate the scholarship on 15 August 2017.

Submissions from applicants will be considered by the Program Committee at its monthly meeting in the second week of July. The Program Committee will look at the students’ qualifications as outlined in the submission forms. 

Following the Program Committee recommendation, a shortlist will be developed and a Scholarship Committee comprising both Mahidol University and Malaria Consortium vector control experts will decide on the two successful recipients of the scholarship. 

Selected applicants will receive acceptance letters during the first week of August.

 

Finance

The Dr Sylvia Meek FTM Scholarship for Entomology will cover all tuition, room and board, transportation, health insurance and stationery costs for the entire duration of masters study (for a maximum of two years, by which time the students need to finish their degree.

  

[1] This form is a Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) requirement. It will not affect the selection process. Applicants can also submit it after they are accepted; however it is needed before sending the whole application package to FGS.

 

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