J-IDEA PhD Programme - applications for Low and Middle Income country candidates for 2021

Fully funded studentships for entry in October 2021, or earlier

The 3.5-year PhD programme provides unique interdisciplinary training in epidemiology, public health, health economics, mathematical modelling, machine learning, statistics, and computational methods. Based in J-IDEA within the School of Public Health, the programme provides an opportunity to learn, in a supportive and stimulating environment, from leaders in the field who are actively engaged in research and advise leading public health professionals, governments, international organisations on a wide range of public health issues.

Programme Outline

The students will be supervised by a J-IDEA academic with co-supervision from other J-IDEA academics or affiliates, depending on topic. The program does not comprise of an obligatory taught program, but students may attend relevant academic courses from Imperial College’s postgraduate program, or other London universities. In addition, the School of Public Health and Imperial’s award-winning Graduate School provide comprehensive training in research techniques and transferable skills, lunch-time courses (for example, computer programming, statistical inference, health economics), and informal research discussion groups. Students are expected to attend weekly research seminars relevant to their area of research and are encouraged to be active members of the academic community of the School.


The studentship willprovide a tax-free stipend of £20,000 per year. In addition, the studentship will cover Imperial College London’s overseas PhD tuition fees for the duration of the program.  This program is intended for candidates from low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). We are only accepting students with an undergraduate degree from a higher education institution located in a country that is classified as a low, lower-middle or upper-middle-income country according to the most recent World Bank classification.    

How to apply

Applicants should have a first or upper second degree from a LMIC higher education institution in public health, epidemiology, biology, economics, mathematics, engineering, physics, statistics, zoology, biomedical sciences or related disciplines, and have exceptional quantitative and computational preparation and a Masters degree from an international institution.

Applications should consist of 2 parts, preferably as a combined single PDF document:

  • A full CV which must include your date of birth, nationality, first degree (BSc, MSc, MBBS etc), degree class awarded or marks/grades to date, subject of first degree, place of study and university awarding the first degree, and the names, mailing addresses and email addresses of at least two academic referees
  • A one-page statement indicating why you want to join this PhD programme.

Please ensure that you include your own email address on your CV as this will be our main method of corresponding with you. Applications should be submitted via our application form only. Emailed applications not accepted.

Closing date for applications: 16th April 2021

Interviews will be scheduled: End of April 2021  

For further information please contact  Roshni Mehta