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Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Programme -MLW ( and Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS), formerly College of Medicine (CoM) are committed to promoting research and research training led by Malawian & International Scientists. The aim is to improve the health of people in Malawi and elsewhere in the Region. Collectively, the MLW and KUHeS have a unique translational research portfolio which links an excellent laboratory research base to strong hospital and community-based research and high-level policy formulation. The MLW Research Strategy is built on the six research thematic areas: Infection Biology, Maternal Neonatal and Child Health, Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Vaccines, Population Health, Social Science from which Research Groups are derived from. These are described on the MLW website:

The KUHeS research agenda is broad ranging from disease-focused thematic areas such as HIV, malaria and cancer to multi-disciplinary thematic areas such as reproductive health, nutrition and child development and health policy. Details of areas of research interests of KUHeS faculty members and research organization at KUHeS can be accessed on these websites:  or

Our  aim is to support talent with  exciting research and mentorship opportunities at MLW and/or KUHeS, and where applicable with co-supervision from senior academics from other national or international institutes. The Joint MLW-KUHeS Training Fund (2018-2023) is funded by the Wellcome Trust and aims to support Malawian based candidates


We are offering internships for the following:

  • Pre-Master Interns (bachelor’s degree holders) and Pre-PhD interns (Master degree holders) who show early potential to develop into independent researchers over time. Who, with senior support and mentorship, will be able to develop competitive international MSc and PhD training fellowship applications within the period of their internship.

Awarded budgets will range from £14,000- £17,000 for Pre-Master interns and £18,000 – £23,000 for Pre-PhD interns per person. These funds include a monthly taxable stipend plus eligible research costs, such as research consumables or relevant personal development activities including short courses and travel. Non-allowable costs include tuition fees, pension, life insurance, supervisor allowance/honoraria and indirect costs


Applications must include:

  1. An application letter detailing your suitability for the scholarship, motivation, and career ambition
  2. The research group you would like to work with and why and a letter of support from the research group leader.
c.       A letter of support from a potential (co-)supervisor with a proven research track record in the applicant’s chosen research thematic area.

d.      A detailed CV, include information on academic performance and achievements to date, including any awards and personal distinctions, research grants and/or fellowship funding received, and any relevant

            outputs, including publications and presentations.

  1. Photocopied certificates and transcripts
  2. A 2-page outline research concept and internship plan with a budget. (Including any other existing funding sources that may contribute to internship).

Applications will be assessed on the following: academic performance and potential of the candidate, quality of the proposed research, supervisory team and training environment, alignment of the research to MLW-KUHeS research areas and proposed career track and planned next training level, application presentation (including budget) and interview performance. Applications will need to show how the scholarship will help the candidate develop a competitive MSc or PhD degree training application. A no-cost extension of up to three months maximum may be granted in exceptional circumstances by the Training Committee on a cases by-case basis. The minimum application period for a no-cost extension is a month before contract ends.

Shortlisted candidates will be requested to further develop their research concept and a 2-page internship plan, under the supervision of the proposed supervisors, before being interviewed by a panel of senior scientists for the final selection of successful candidates. Information on research groups / themes can be found on the aforementioned websites.

For any other questions and clarifications, please contact the MLW Training & Development team through Applications must be sent to with a CC to Please title each document by your name if you are submitting multiple documents. The application closing date is 22nd July 2022.


Posted on Jun 22, 2022