Masters Studentships (Scholarships) at KEMRI


Masters training is first stage of specialisation in research training. As such it provides a foundation for further research training and for increased intellectual engagement in a focused research area. In line with our goal of building local research capacity by feeding the research career pipeline at all levels, The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme has developed a Masters studentship scheme to support talented Masters students registered at local universities complete the research project component of their training. The studentships, which are funded through the Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders, (IDeAL), provides the students with stipend and an opportunity to spend up to eight month at our Kilifi or Nairobi facilities doing their research projects in a highly productive research environment. Research costs for the project are catered for under the supervisor’s research funding.

The studentship are awarded competitively through shortlisting of online applications and subsequent face to face interviews. Students who are awarded the studentships are allocated to supervisors according to the project preference the students indicated in their application form.

Before commencing with the project the students are expected to submit evidence of strong support from their registering university and their university supervisors.

Applicants must already be registered for the Masters programme and have commenced or completed the taught components of the programme.


To apply please create a new account then check your email. You will receive an email with instructions on how to login. After you login please click on Masters Application under “ADD NEW” tab on top of the page. Kindly fill in all the questions paying attention to word limits where indicated. After filling in each page you may click on PREVIEW to see the information you have just filled in then click on SAVE.
If DRAFT is checked, the information is saved but not submitted and you may edit or finish it later.
To submit please make sure DRAFT is unchecked and click SAVE. The information submitted before the deadline may still be edited but as of the deadline day it will be taken as your final submission irrespective of completion status.