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Dr Sylvia Meek Faculty of Tropical Medicine Scholarship for Entomology

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. the shortage of field-oriented vector biologists, and the threats undermining progress towards malaria elimination.

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 9 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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