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3.5 Year PhD Programmes in the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics (J-IDEA), School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine

Fully funded studentships for entry in October 2020, 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, 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.

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 2020, or earlier subject to negotiations.


The studentships funded are providing 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 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.


Closing date for applications: 17th January 2020

Interviews will be scheduled: February 2020

Further Information

For further information please contact Katharina Hauck.

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