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Dr Sylvia Meek scholarship for Entomology

Globally, there is a shortage of medical entomologists. A gap in training opportunities has led to a shortfall of technical specialists in the field. Ensuring that the next generation are supported in their careers is essential to address the threats undermining the progress made towards malaria elimination. To help bridge this gap, Malaria Consortium set up a scholarship programme to fund scholars from Africa and Asia to pursue their studies in Medical Entomology.  


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In memory of Malaria Consortium’s co-founder, Dr Sylvia Meek, aided by many generous donations, the Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology was set up in 2016 to support students from across the world to study entomology at universities in Nigeria, South Africa and Thailand.

Since the Sylvia Meek scholarship began, we have supported nine rising stars to nurture their potential to advance along a scientific career, specifically in Medical Entomology. Many of the students supported by the scholarship are now undertaking or seeking PhD projects in related areas.


About Dr Sylvia Meek 

Dr Sylvia Meek co-founded Malaria Consortium in 2003 with a vision to fill health care system gaps and reach the most vulnerable communities with evidence-based interventions, as well as continuing health research in areas where it is needed most. Her legacy will support a new generation of public health specialists in Africa and Asia, helping to change even more lives around the world for the better. 


Partner universities 

Mahidol University, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Thailand 

Mahidol University has hosted students through a two-year Masters’ programme in tropical medicine specialised in medical entomology. The university is a well-recognised centre for entomology, vector control, malaria elimination and tropical medicine.

University of Pretoria, South Africa

The University of Pretoria has supported recipients of the scholarship with a two-year Master of Science in Entomology based in and supervised by academic staff in the Department of Zoology and Entomology as a research-only programme.  

University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria  

The University of Nigeria, Nsukka has hosted recipients of the scholarship for a two-year Master’s programme in Entomology at the Department of Zoology and Environmental Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences.



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