Welcome Trust Capacity Building Programme

The grant is managed through the following three committees, headed by the Executive Committee.

PHFI-UKC Wellcome Trust Programme - Doctoral Studies (PhD/DrPH)

This programme invites applications for doctoral studies in public health (PhD/DrPH) at one of the UK Consortium partner institutions and PHFI. This effort aims to support professionals who are interested in developing an advanced career in public health. Each candidate is expected to complete the doctoral study in three years, which includes one year in the UK and two years of research/field work in India. The research under this doctoral study expected to be on important public health issues in India. Each PhD/DrPH candidate has a supervisor in India and UK. It is expected that the candidates will return to work with PHFI and/or its institutes for five years following the completion of their PhD.

For more information please read the following announcement:

PHFI Wellcome Trust Studentships for Doctoral Studies


These studentships are for doctoral studies in public health (PhD/DrPH) at one of PHFI’s partner institutions in the UK. Each studentship is expected to be completed in 3 years. It includes course work in UK, research work in India, and thesis defense in UK. Broadly, each candidate is expected to spend one year in the UK and two years in India (at PHFI/ its institutes) during the doctoral studies. The research is expected to be India-based, India-centric and India-relevant.

It is expected that the candidates will return to work with PHFI or its institutes for five years following the completion of their PhD.


Professionals who wish to build upon a substantial and relevant experience for an advanced career in public health through a doctoral degree.  The candidate must possess a Masters degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited institution and must have demonstrated significant interest in public health related areas.  The thesis work should focus on issues relevant to India.  Candidates having significant research and teaching experience would be preferred.  Field based work experience in public health will be an added advantage.

Past PHFI Future Faculty fellows are requested to contact the Wellcome Trust team for further details on eligibility.

In this round, doctoral studies are being offered in the following areas of public health:

  1. Biostatistics, advanced quantitative analysis, statistical modeling
  2. Advanced qualitative research
  3. Public health nutrition
  4. Environmental health including climate change
  5. Occupational health

How to apply

Please email your application to wt.phd@phfi.org in the following two parts.

Part 1: To be sent by the Candidate (in word format: file name - <name of applicant.doc>)

  1. A cover letter stating that you have applied for the doctoral studentship, the technical area where you wish to focus your PhD/DrPH degree, and how your background is suitable for this degree.
  2. A five-page (font size 12, single spaced) description of the research that you wish to pursue in the PhD/DrPH that includes background, objectives, methodology and expected impact of the research.
  3. A copy of your latest curriculum vitae.
  4. Two of your best research publications.
  5. Transcripts and experience certificates from previous education/training (scanned copies).
  6. Valid score sheets in any relevant exams (IELTS) as may be required by the partner institutions. Please refer to the website of the partner institutions for further details on this.

Part 2: Letters of Recommendation

  • Please note that two recommendation letters are mandatory but a third letter is allowed.
  • Please arrange for these recommendation letters to be sent directly by your referees to PHFI wt.phd@phfi.org


Applications must be received by 30 September 2012 at wt.phd@phfi.org. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. The applications will be reviewed by a panel comprising of members from PHFI/IIPHs and the UK partner institutions. The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed for final decision.