Doctor of Philosophy Scholarship

Ref No: AD/10/210/21


This is a Newborn and Infant Health Research Global Health Unit programme on stillbirth and neonatal death prevention and management in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia. The studentship is in the thematic working area on effectiveness of a community-based peer-support programme  for  women  who  give  birth  to  stillborn  babies  and  have  co-morbidities  (fistula)  in Kenya.  The  expected  output  is  to  have  a  context-appropriate,  feasible  intervention  to  improve support for women after stillbirth and obstetric fistula  in Kenya, and a protocol for a large-scale trial.

Required skills and experience

A minimum of three (3) years post-qualification experience in midwifery, public health or any other related field.
Understanding of current context of care after stillbirth including physical psychological, social and economic sequelae of obstetric fistula.
Previous experience of participatory approaches and qualitative research methods would be an asset.
Strong communication and organisational skills.



Academic requirements

The applicant must satisfy the University of Nairobi general entrance requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.  In addition, they must have the following:

A Master’s degree in a field relevant to the thematic area from a university recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.
A Bachelor’s degree (at least second-class honours, upper division) in a relevant area from a university recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.
A PhD concept note of the applicant’s area of study, duly approved by the applicant’s supervisors.

The scholarship will be provided by the KAVI-ICR and will be tenable at the University of Nairobi.
The scholarship will cover tuition fees and travel expenses.
The applicant should be a resident/citizen of Kenya.
The successful  applicant  will  be  based  at  KAVI-ICR  and  be  engaged  as  a  Research Assistant during the period of the studentship.
The applicant  is  expected  to  fill  the  Application  form  available  from  the  University  of Nairobi website


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Applicants should email their application letters and certified copies of certificates and CV giving details of their qualifications, experience and 3 referees indicating their telephone and e-mail contacts.
Applications and related documents should be addressed to The Head of Research, KAVI-ICR and forwarded through the applicants’ Head of Department, where applicable.
The application letter must bear the reference code as shown in the advertisement.



About University of Nairobi

The University of Nairobi, a body corporate established under the Universities Act 2012 of the laws of Kenya and the University of Nairobi Charter, is the pioneer institution of University education in Kenya and the region. The only institution of higher learning in Kenya for a long time, the University of Nairobi responded to the national, regional and Africa's high level manpower training needs by developing and evolving strong, diversified academic programmes and specializations in basic sciences, applied sciences, technology, humanities, social sciences and the arts. Through module II (continuing education) programmes, invaluable opportunity has been opened to hundreds of Kenyans and non-Kenyans, on a paying basis, who meet university admission requirements, but who have not been able to access university education due to restricted intake into the regular programmes that is determined by limited resource allocation by Government. In this effort, the location of the seven campuses of the University in the capital city and its environs and facilitating easy access, has been an asset that has seen the university increasingly become the busy hub and citadel of academic activity at all times. In addition to the regular and evening and weekend programmes, classes are conducted at the University's Extra Mural Centres located at the country's county headquarters. The university is proud of its distinguished record of achievements in teaching, research, development and consultancy while strategizing for a greater future as the centre of academic, research and professional excellence. Background The inception of the University of Nairobi is traced back to 1956, with the establishment of the Royal Technical College which admitted its first lot of A-level graduates for technical courses in April the same year. The Royal Technical College was transformed into the second University College in East Africa on 25th June, 1961 under the name Royal College Nairobi and was admitted into a special relations with the University of London whereupon it immediately began preparing students in the faculties of Arts, Science and Engineering for award degrees of the University of London. Meanwhile, students in other faculties such as the Faculty of Special Professional Studies (later renamed Faculty of Commerce) and Faculty of Architecture continued to offer diplomas for qualifications of professional bodies/ institutions. On 20th May 1964, the Royal College Nairobi was renamed University College Nairobi as a constituent college of inter-territorial, Federal University of East Africa, and henceforth the enrolled students were to study for degrees of the University of East Africa and not London as was the case before. In 1970, the University College Nairobi transformed into the first national university in Kenya and was renamed the University of Nairobi. In view of the rapid expansion and complexities in administration, the University underwent a major restructuring in 1983 resulting in decentralization of the administration, by creation of six (6) colleges headed by principals. The following are the names and respective locations of the colleges: College of Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences situated at Upper Kabete Campus College of Architecture & Engineering situated at the Main Campus College of Biological & Physical Sciences situated at Chiromo Campus College of Education & External Studies situated at Kikuyu Campus College of Health Sciences situated at the Kenyatta National Hospital College of Humanities and Social sciences situated at the Main Campus -Faculty of Arts ; Parklands-Faculty of Law; Lower Kabete Campus -Faculty of Commerce Vision & Mission Our Vision is to be a world-class university committed to scholarly excellence. Our Mission is to provide quality university education and training and to embody the aspirations of the Kenyan people and the global community through creation, preservation, integration, transmission and utilization of knowledge.