He's also become active on Twitter, and shares information on public health issues and opportunities.
Luckily, Georgewilliam's role as Information Minister has helped him to develop some expertise on this question. So, we decided to team up and compile some helpful links. If you know of other relevant opportunities or resources, please let me know and we will add them below.
Note: Although we focused on links for African youth interested in public health, identifying opportunities for youth from elsewhere and interested in other topics is important, too! My husband is on the board of an incredible organization called Help Educate, which works with community leaders in Nicaragua to identify students with great potential and provide them with scholarships to leading Nicaraguan universities. Please check out Help Educate, and share any similar opportunities you may know of in the comments section!
PS: I can't blog about Ugandan youth who I find inspiring without mentioning my friend and visionary entrepreneur Walter Wandera, founder of Walter's Boda Boda Tours. Watch him talk about his company here. He knows nearly everything about Kampala, and his tour is one of the most exciting things I've ever done. If you find yourself in Uganda, don't miss his incredible tours.
Scholarship opportunities (in no particular order)
- Fogarty International Center of the US National Institutes of Health provides a number of funding opportunities for predoctoral/graduate, postdoctoral scientists, and beyond.
- Directory of non-NIH predoctoral funding opportunities: directory updated and maintained by Fogarty.
- South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis SACEMA postgraduate bursaries: provide support for study towards MSc or PhD degrees, based at and supervised from any institution in South Africa, in epidemiology, biostatistics and epidemiological modelling.
- Many individual universities have opportunities for international students listed on their websites (for example, here and here and here are a few US universities with opportunities for international students). Look at the website of universities you may be interested in.
- Scholars 4 Dev: an updated listing of international scholarships specifically for people from developing countries, people who would like to pursue development-related fields, and people who seek global and national development through further education.
- Aga Khan Foundation: provides scholarships for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries (largely Master's level).
- World Bank Scholarship and Fellowship programs: opportunities for graduate and postgraduate studies leading to masters’ and doctoral degrees in development-related fields for mid-career professionals and researchers.
- Zawadi Africa Education Fund: provides scholarships to academically gifted girls from Africa to pursue higher education in the U.S.A, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya.
- Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study for developing Commonwealth country citizens, UK: allows students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK to benefit from postgraduate study at a University in the UK which will help them to contribute toward the development of their home countries.
- Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States.
- The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program: an initiative to educate and prepare young people – particularly from Africa – to lead change and make a positive social impact in their communities. The Scholars Program provides young people from economically disadvantaged communities who have demonstrated academic talent and leadership potential with access to quality and relevant education (secondary and university level).
- Reach Oxford Scholarships: offered to support undergraduate study to students accepted at Oxford who are from low-income countries and, for political or financial reasons, or because suitable educational facilities do not exist, cannot study for a degree in their own country.
- Eric Bleumink Fund Grants Scholarships, University of Groningen Talent Scholarships for Developing Countries: provides financial support to Master’s students and PhD students from developing countries wishing to pursue a Master’s degree or doctorate.
- Wells Mountain Foundation: provides support for undergraduate education to students in developing countries.
- Website listing various scholarship opportunities for international students.
- After School Africa: list of scholarships for African students to study abroad.
- An overview of the main academic public health and/or epidemiology training programs offered through African Universities: this resource was compiled by authors of this paper, and many of the links below are also described in this paper.
- African Field Epidemiology Network: offers Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs), which are applied epidemiology training programs towards a 2 year, full-time, Master of Public Health Degree, or Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programs (FELTPs), which include an added laboratory component. The programs are modeled after CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service.
- International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN): offers formal Master’s degree programs in health research through its Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Research and Training Centers in 10 developing countries & informal courses & workshops in all Clinical Epidemiology Units in 22 countries.
- INDEPTH Network (International Network for the Demographic Evaluation of Populations and their Health): aims to build scientific leadership in member sites through Masters programs of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is now considering adding PhD programs.
- Hewlett Foundation's Population Program: makes grants to strengthen key population-science training programs in Africa. The goal is to increase both the number and quality of master's and doctoral graduates. Hewlett funds support fellowships, dissertation research, curriculum development, and faculty exchanges in Africa and in developed countries, as well as the professional organizations that support population science in Africa and around the world.
- Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program: a non-degree program for experienced professionals offering opportunities for professional development through selected university courses, attending conferences, networking, and practical work experiences. (Three program fields of interest relate to Public Health: Public Health Policy and Management; HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention; and Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention).
- People's Open Access Education Initiative: aims to contribute to improvements in the health of populations in low- to middle-income countries by building Public Health capacity via e-learning at very low cost.