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Announcement for PHFI­-UC Research Fellowships for PhD Studies PDF Print

Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in partnership with University of Canberra, Australia announces third round of PHFI-UC Research Fellowships for PhD Studies.


Each fellowship is expected to complete their PhD within 3 – 3.5 years (full-time study) which includes research work in India and thesis submission. The research is expected to be India based, India centric and India relevant. Selected candidates will be required to complete the University of Canberra application process for enrolment and comply with other requirements.


Professionals who wish to build upon a substantial and relevant experience for an advanced career in public health through a PhD degree. The candidate must possess a minimum of Master’s degree preferably by Research or with a substantive research component / equivalent qualification in relevant discipline from a recognized institution / university and must have demonstrated significant research interest in public health related areas. Candidates having research publications as lead author and experience of working in a research/academic environment will be given preference.

Candidates will be required to have met the English Language requirement of an IELTS score of a 6.5 overall, and no less than a 6 on any sub-score. More information about English Language requirements can be found at: http://www.canberra.edu.au/future-students/research-students/english-proficiency

Identified areas of Research

The PhD Programme should focus on issues relevant to India. The following areas of research will be given priority in the current round:

  • Epidemiology, especially geo-spatial epidemiology using Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Maternal and child health
  • Health Services Research and cost effectiveness/efficiency
  • Prevention of NCDs through lifestyle behaviour modification
  • Digital Health/Informatics/IT systems/Computer Science/Software Engineering

Fellowship includes:

  • International fee waiver by University of Canberra for the PhD Programme (approx. $120,000 AUS $)
  • Stipend for Living Expenses at University of Canberra, Australia up to $10,000 AUS $ (expected stay of minimum of 6 months per year) by University of Canberra
  • Use of institutional facilities by the host institution
  • Joint supervision by UC and PHFI academic staff
  • A minimum of 30% time contribution to host organization during India phase of the fellowship.
  • Selected candidates will have to sign an agreement spelling out detailed terms of the fellowship.

Application Process

Please email your application to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in the following two parts:

Part1: To be sent by the Candidate (in word format: file name - < name of the applicant.doc >)

  • A cover letter outlining in about two paragraphs or dot points, your motivations to apply for this fellowship and what you hope to achieve by the end of your candidature (say in terms of competencies and/or career trajectory).
  • A ten to twelve page (font size 12, single spaced) description of the research that you wish to pursue in the PhD that includes background, objectives, methodology and expected implications of the research. Implications of the research.
  • A copy of your updated curriculum vitae.
  • Three of your best research publications.
  • Transcripts and experience certificates from previous education institution and employer respectively.
  • Valid score sheet in IELTS acquired not earlier than 18 month. Please note that, if selected, it will be mandatory to qualify IELTS for obtaining Australian Visa.
  • An ‘UNDERTAKING’ stating that if offered admission to the PhD Programme by University of Canberra under PHFI – UC Fellowship, the candidate will not withdraw his / her candidature from the PhD Programme.

Part 2: Letters of Recommendations

  • At least two letters of recommendations from your professional referees.
  • Please arrange for these letters to be sent directly by the referees to PHFI mail ID mentioned above ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


Applications complete in all respects including the letters of recommendations must be received by 5.00 pm on 31st August 2017. Incomplete / late applications will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email by mid-September 2017 regarding next steps. The applicant will be responsible for ensuring completeness of the application.

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