AMARI Scholarships for Doctoral Study (Public Mental Health)

The overall goal of the African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI) is to build an Africa-led network of mental, neurological and substance use researchers in Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe, who are equipped to lead high quality mental health research programmes that meet the needs of their countries.

Purpose: The AMARI scholarships funded by the UK Wellcome Trust have been established to provide support for two PhD students to join the team in the Centre for Public Mental Health, in the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health at the University of Cape Town. Although the topic is of the successful Fellows’ choice, AMARI aims to create a sustainable career pipeline for these researchers with emphasis on integrating MNS research into existing programmes such as HIV/AIDS, and maternal and child health. Priority will be given to applicants who show evidence of leadership potential in the field. Although applicants from any of the four participating countries will be considered, we encourage applications from South Africans from previously disadvantaged communities.

Conditions: The successful incumbent will be required to:

  • Register for full-time study at the Centre for Public Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health at the University of Cape Town from January 2018.
  • Comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practises for the postgraduate sector.
  • Enter into a bi-lateral Memorandum of Understanding with his/her supervisor.
  • Must live in Cape Town for the duration of the fellowship.

Successful candidates will not be permitted to be on salaried employment concurrently. No service will be required in return of the award.

Value & Tenure of Fellowship: The value of the Scholarship is R300 000 per year. Generous research running costs are available to carry out the intended research.  Although the tenure of the scholarships is for 3 years, evidence of satisfactory academic progress will be required for continued registration.

Academic Criteria:  Applicants require a prior Master’s degree in a foundational discipline relevant to public mental health (e.g. psychology, public health, medicine, nursing, rehab sciences occupational therapy or social work). Applicants should have strong interpersonal skills, and be able to work in a collaborative fashion as part of a multi­disciplinary team.

Application Requirements: Interested applicants should visit the or contact Ms. Songelwa Mobo for further information.

Deadline for Applications:  Friday 15 September 2017


The University of Cape Town reserves the right:

To disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications, to change the conditions of award, and/ or to make no awards at all.