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Call for applications for MPhil in Public Mental Health…

The Alan J. Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH), a joint initiative of the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University and the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town, is an independent inter-disciplinary academic research and teaching centre for public mental health promotion and service development in Africa. The CPMH is proud to invite applications from across the African continent for the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Public Mental Health in 2022.

The MPhil in Public Mental Health is a part-time research degree that aims to develop advanced research skills, enabling participants to undertake their own research projects (such as evaluating services, policies and interventions) as well as interpret research findings for mental health policy and practice. The programme is designed to be accessible to practitioners who work full-time, and who are from a range of backgrounds including social work, psychology, psychiatry, medicine, occupational therapy, nursing, health economics, public mental health, public health, health service management, policy making and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The training aims to build the professional capacity and leadership of the participants in their work, while contributing to knowledge generation in Africa.

The degree requires:

  • The completion of a 3-week residential or online training module in research methodology for public mental health (depending on COVID-related restrictions, this training may be delivered via an online platform and students will not be expected to travel to Cape Town);
  • Participation in an online writing course March 2022;
  • Participation in monthly webinars
  • The preparation of a dissertation of a minimum of 20 000 words.

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Call for Applications: Post-doctoral Fellow (Public 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.

Purpose: This fellowship 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 analyse secondary quantitative and qualitative data from intervention studies with adolescents and mental health service delivery, under the supervision of Prof Katherine Sorsdahl. Knowledge of professional counselling and experience working with adolescents is required.

Conditions: The successful incumbent will be required to:

  • Register as a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Public Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health at the University of Cape Town
  • Applicants must have submitted their PhD thesis by the application deadline or have completed their PhD within the last 5 years.
  • Applicants should not be registered for study towards any degree at the time of assuming the fellowship.
  • The fellowship is compliant with the rules and policies of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and is therefore exempt from tax

There are no fringe benefits. The successful candidate is responsible for his or her own medical aid and insurance arrangements.

Value & Tenure of Fellowship: The value of the Fellowship is R350 000 and is tenable for one year.

Academic Criteria:  Applicants requires a PhD 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.

Application Requirements: Interested applicants should contact Prof. Katherine Sorsdahl @

Deadline for Applications:  Friday 8 January 2021.

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 award at all.