J-IDEA PhD Programme - applications 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 and pharmaceutical companies, both nationally and internationally, on a wide range of public health issues.

The students are 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 launched by Imperial College London and Community Jameel 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, health system analysis 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 by supporting the 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, see here: Jameel Institute.

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 programme starts in October 2021, or earlier subject to negotiations.


The studentships are providing a tax-free stipend of £20,000 per year. The studentships also cover tuition fees for UK. Suitably qualified non-UK students are also welcome to apply and we particularly welcome applications from low and middle-income countries (LMIC). Non-UK 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 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 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. Applications should be submitted via our application form only. Emailed applications will not be accepted.

Please note that this is programme is distinct from the 4-year PhD programme in Epidemiology, Evolution, and Control of Infectious Diseases (1+3 MRes and PhD), the 4.5 year MRC DTP studentship and 3.5 year MRC DTP studentship.


Closing date for applications: 31th January 2021

Interviews will be scheduled: mid- February 2021

Further Information

For further information please contact  Roshni Mehta