Call for Master’s Research Scholarships: Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS)

Starting August 22, 2023 - Ending August 22, 2024

Call for Master’s Research Scholarships: Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS)

The Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS) is part of the Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa) consortium, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health, USA, to the tune of USD 75 million. The DS-I Africa consortium currently comprises >20 different projects led by various institutions in Africa and the United States, with the aim of leveraging data science technologies to transform biomedical and behavioral research and develop solutions that would lead to improved health for individuals and populations. 

The specific project led by the Department of Medical Microbiology, UGMS, within the DS-I Africa consortium is titled “Application of Data Science to Build Research Capacity in Zoonoses and Foodborne Infections in West Africa”, also referred to as the DS-ZOOFOOD Training Programme. This programme will deliver three tracks of training including short courses, graduate and postdoctoral research training, with a focus on bioinformatics and disease modelling. 

The DS-ZOOFOOD Training Programme is seeking to offer scholarships to well-qualified and highly motivated individuals who are registered for a master’s degree at the University of Ghana and intend to undertake a research project that relates to zoonoses or foodborne infections using Data Science applications. Selected candidates will receive funding covering tuition fees, research costs, and stipend for the research year of their master’s degree. In accordance with the excellence that the DS-ZOOFOOD Training Programme intends to achieve, scholarships will be awarded through a highly rigorous procedure. 


To apply for this scholarship, you must: 

(i) Be a West African national who is currently registered on a relevant Master’s degree programme at the University of Ghana. 

(ii) Have completed the coursework component of the Master’s degree programme with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the first semester. 

(iii) Hold a relevant Bachelor’s degree that was awarded by a recognized university with at least, an Upper 2nd Class Honours 


Successful applicants will become fellows of the DS-ZOOFOOD Training Programme, and can participate in relevant courses offered by the DS-I Africa consortium. Fellows will receive mentorship from the international faculty of the DS-ZOOFOOD Training Programme drawn from the University of Ghana, Washington University (USA), Tel Aviv University (Israel), and the National Institutes of Health (USA). In addition, fellows who excel during the research training may be offered PhD fellowships upon completion. Fellows of the DS-ZOOFOOD Training Programme are expected to be full-time students and conduct high-quality research leading to publications in peer-reviewed journals. 


How to apply 

Please submit the following as part of your application: 

  • A cover letter demonstrating your motivation and suitability for the scholarship 
  • A concise research proposal within the remit of the DS-ZOOFOOD Training Programme (2 pages maximum) 
  • A full up-to-date curriculum vitae 
  • Copies of all qualification certificates and academic transcripts 
  • A copy of National ID or passport 
  • Names and contact details of at least two referees who have supervised or worked with you, and can speak about your experience and skills.  
Completed applications should be sent as a single PDF file by email to with a copy to Professor Eric Sampane-Donkor ( by Monday, September 11, 2023.  
Applicants should use the email subject heading: Application for DS-ZOOFOOD Scholarship. 
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted a few days after the submission deadline for an interview, after which scholarship awards will be made.