J-IDEA PhD Programme - applications for 2020 now closed

The 3.5-year PhD training programme provides unique interdisciplinary training in epidemiology, public health, health economics, mathematical modelling, machine learning, statistics, and computational methods. Based in the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics (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, policy-makers, governments, international organisations and pharmaceutical companies, both nationally and internationally, on a wide range of public health issues.

The students will be expected to conduct an independent PhD project, with support from their supervisors, on a topic that contributes to the mission of J-IDEA. The Institute was officially launched by Imperial College London and Community Jameel in October 2019 with the mission to combat global disease threats. J-IDEA is hosted within Imperial's world-class School of Public Health in the College's renowned Faculty of Medicine. Bringing together global health researchers in the School and drawing on Imperial’s expertise in data analytics, epidemiology and economics, J-IDEA will improve our understanding of diseases and health emergencies in the most vulnerable populations across the globe. J-IDEA is working with national and international policy makers and technical partners to support response to health emergencies with analytical tools, improve the resilience of health systems to emergencies, and build partnerships and capacity in epidemiology and analytics globally and locally.

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 people page gives brief details of the research interests of the supervisors involved in this PhD programme. The program does not comprise of an obligatory taught program, but the student may attend academic courses relevant to their research from Imperial College’s postgraduate program, or that of other London universities. In addition, the School of Public Health provides a comprehensive research training programme for all PhD students. Students also receive general training in transferable skills through the highly rated Graduate School. The School provides further technical training for PhD students via lunch-time courses which are open to both students and postdoctoral staff (for example, computer programming, statistical inference, health economics), and via informal research discussion groups (again for both students and postdoctoral staff). Students are expected to attend weekly research seminars relevant to their chosen area of research and are encouraged to be active members of the academic community of the School.

Throughout the 3.5-year programme students will also be members of the Graduate School. The Graduate School provides an award-winning and internationally renowned programme of transferable skills training, including personal development & effectiveness, presentation skills, project management, networking and research ethics. There is also a three-day residential course in research and professional skills development which all students are strongly encouraged to attend at the beginning of Year 2. The programme starts in October 2020, or earlier subject to negotiations.


The studentships funded by J-IDEA project areproviding a tax-free stipend of £18,000 per year. Tuition fees at the rate applicable to Home (EU) students are provided. Suitably qualified non-EU students are welcome to apply and we particularly welcome applications from low and middle-income countries (LMIC). Non-EU students will be liable for paying the difference between the home and overseas fee rates. A scholarship is available for one exceptional candidate from an LMIC to cover the difference between the home and overseas rates. Additional studentships may become available over the course of the admission process - all eligible candidates will be considered without needing to submit any further details.

How to apply

Applicants should have, or expect to receive, a Masters degree, first or upper second class degree or equivalent in public health, epidemiology, biology, economics, mathematics, engineering, physics, statistics, zoology, biomedical sciences or related discipline, and have exceptional quantitative and computational preparation. 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.

Transcripts of degrees are not required at this stage.

Please ensure that you include your own email address on your CV as this will be our main method of corresponding with you.

Please note that this programme is distinct from the 4-Year PhD Programme in Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases (1+3 MRes and PhD) , the MRC Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) studentships and the Global environmental health PhD studentship for which separate application processes should be followed.


Closing date for applications is 2 February 2020.

Interview date to be confirmed.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Katharina Hauck.