Fully funded Studentships in the Reckitt-LSHTM PhD Studentships on Hygiene & Health in Sub Saharan Africa 2021-2022


Are you a national of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa with an interest in a PhD on hygiene and health? 

Then apply for a studentship in the Reckitt-LSHTM on hygiene & health in Sub Saharan Africa 2021-2022, and be among the lucky three students to get a fully funded, tuition free studentship for the duration of the research project (four years).

Application Deadline: July 11 2021


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Each PhD studentship will comprise:

  • Tuition fees at the LSHTM overseas fee rate for the duration of the research project (up to 4 years)
  • An annual tax-free stipend equal to the UKRI stipend level (inclusive of London weighting)
  • Up to GBP20,000 for research costs, travel and/or training.


Applicants must be nationals of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa and meet the minimum LSHTM entry requirements. Additional skills and educational requirements are specified for each project.

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Application Instructions

To apply for this studentship, applicants should submit an application for research degree study via the LSHTM application portal. Applications not submitted through this portal will not be considered.

  • In their applications, applicants should develop a research proposal based on one of the eight projects listed above. Applications not based on any of the eight projects will not be considered. The research proposal should be uploaded as a supporting document in section 8 of the online application form.
  • Applicants should also include a personal statement in section 6 of the online form in which they describe their long-term career goals and their vision for contributing to research into hygiene and health in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Applicants should apply via the LSHTM Faculty (ITD, EPH or PHP) of the primary supervisor listed for their chosen project. They should also enter ‘Reckitt-LSHTM Hygiene & Health PhD Studentship’ under ‘LSHTM Scholarship name’ in the ‘Funding Details’ section of the online application form.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for this studentship. To be considered complete an application must show all mandatory documents have been uploaded, and the application submitted, by the scholarship deadline. Applicants should note that referees will be contacted only once an application has been submitted. They must complete the online form. A letter in lieu of this will not be sufficient. Applicants should contact their referees in advance to make them aware of the request and the scholarship deadline.


Applications under this scheme will only be reviewed and processed after the deadline. All applications submitted before the deadline will be considered equally, regardless of their submission date. By submitting an application for this funding, applicants agree to its terms and conditions.

About the Reckitt-LSHTM PhD Studentships

The Reckitt-LSHTM PhD studentships on Hygiene & Health in Sub-Saharan Africa is a fully-funded 4-year PhD studentships by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) for a research degree programme to start on 3 January 2022. There are three studentships available.


LSHTM has pre-identified eight research projects that address the links between hygiene and health in Sub-Saharan Africa in one or more of the following areas:

  • The role of hygiene in the prevention and transmission of infectious diseases and their consequences
  • Hygiene behaviours and hygiene behaviour change
  • The intersection of hygiene and broader social and economic impacts

Candidates applying for a PhD studentship under this scheme should choose one of the eight projects listed below that matches their interests, skills and experience and then develop the project further in their application.

Projects to choose from are as follows:

  • Exploring how a social business model can promote good menstrual health and improve the lives of women socially and economically
  • Hygiene Interventions in Kampala’s Informal Settlements: global health imaginaries and local health realities
  • Understanding the sustainability of Menstrual Health and Hygiene interventions in schools in Uganda
  • Assessing educational outcomes in a school-based menstrual health and hygiene intervention trial in Uganda
  • Economic analysis of a school-based menstrual health and hygiene intervention in Uganda
  • Hygiene-related determinants of enteric infection in rural and urban settings of Mozambique
  • Economic evaluation of adding hand hygiene and point-of-use chlorination interventions to existing treatment for severe acute malnutrition in Senegal
  • Complementary food hygiene, childhood diarrhoea, and antibiotic use: exploratory research in peri-urban Zambia.

Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for applications is 23:59 (BST) on Sunday, 11 July 2021.

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