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Social Innovation in Health 2019 Student Research Grants




Social Innovation in Health 2019 Student Research Grants

Are you a graduate student looking for a research topic and funding to conduct your research in 2019? This opportunity is for you.

Social Innovation in Health Initiative Malawi (SIHI Malawi/hub) launched in 2017 is hosted at College of Medicine with the belief that health for all Malawians can be achieved through creative and innovative solutions created by Malawians. The hub seeks to advance social innovation as a tool to drive people centred and sustainable primary health care and universal health coverage through learning, connecting and supporting a community of stakeholders. We identify, research local innovations, and build multidisciplinary capacity for social innovation to catalyse local based innovations for improved access to healthcare.

SIHI Malawi is pleased to announce the first Graduate Student Research Grants. This is a dissertation grant which aims to support research undertaken as part of an academic programme to qualify for a Master’s degree at College of Medicine. The hub has been conducting research on Social innovations in Health since 2017 and would like to engage students to contribute to the social innovation knowledge base through research with local innovators within the hub defined research agenda and exploring questions in (1) health financing, (2) disability and health.

Grant Amount: Two awards, the value of each grant shall not exceed $ 1,250.
Eligibility Requirements:

The applicant will work in close collaboration with the SIHI team; will be responsible for designing, obtaining ethical approval and conducting the study. The applicant must be an enrolled postgraduate student at College of Medicine with demonstrated qualitative research and analytical skills. The applicant must complete their fieldwork and preliminary data analysis by 15 th December, 2019.

  1. Oral and written communication skills — English and Chichewa
  2. Strong analytical skills; mature judgment combined with a proactive, flexibility, energetic approach to problem solving; and confidentiality
  3. Computer literate, particularly qualitative data analysis tools – Atlas, NVivo or MAXQDA
  4. Experience of qualitative interviews and observational research methods
  5. Ability to manage and present data and write reports
  6. Strong understanding of all elements related to M&E, designing research methodologies and mixed methods research is strongly preferred.

Application Deadline: 10 th May, 2019. Send your expression of interest: Cover Letter and resume not more than 3 pages. Question? Contact us at