PhD Fellowship in Mental Health

The vision of the CPMH is to be a collaborative inter-institutional multi-disciplinary centre that conducts high quality research on public mental health, and uses evidence for teaching, consultancy and advocacy to promote mental health in Africa.


This scholarship offers a candidate the opportunity to gain skills in public mental health research as part of a multidisciplinary study team. The candidate will be required to investigate psychosocial factors in a study population and conduct preliminary work for the development of an intervention appropriate for the South African setting, under the supervision of Dr Claire van der Westhuizen and A/Prof Katherine Sorsdahl. Knowledge of professional counselling and experience working with adolescents is required.


The successful incumbent will be required to:

  • Register for study at the Centre for Public Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health at the University of Cape Town
  • 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

No service will be required in return of the award.

Value & Tenure of Fellowship

The value of the Scholarship is R300 000 per year. 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, occupational therapy, social work). Professional counselling experience in the South African care setting would be an advantage. Applicants should have strong interpersonal skills and be able to work in a collaborative fashion as part of a multi­disciplinary team.The AMARI Fellowship

Application Requirements

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Claire van der Westhuizen at for an application package.

Deadline for Applications: Friday 15 June 2018.

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.