ISGlobal, its research centre CRESIB and the University of Barcelona are part of a consortium of european institutions that offer this joint doctorate programme
The Trans Global Health programme is a part of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Programme and focuses on health threats to vulnerable populations that often face complex, interwoven problems such as poverty, inequity and co-morbidity. Vulnerable populations are not only found in low-income countries, but also in Europe where groups with limited access to health services are growing. The studies conducted within the current programme will contribute to improved access to care and prevention; quality health services to ensure better health outcomes; innovative care constellations that build on patient/community engagement as well as public-private partnerships; and re-orientation of the current global health emphasis on infectious diseases by incorporating the challenges of non-communicable diseases and ageing. Integrated and effective global health solutions will be realised through synergistic, transdisciplinary and evidence-based research.
The programme enables PhD students to get a double degree, from two different partner institutes in two different European countries: in the Netherlands – VU University Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, or Amsterdam Medical Centre (AMC); France – University Bordeaux Segalen; Belgium – Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp; or Spain – University of Barcelona Institute for Global Health.
The programme is coordinated by the Athena Institute of the VU University.
Candidates for the programme must apply before January 21st 2013. In late February, after the first selection stage, a list of selected applicants who are eligible for admission will be compiled, as well as a (skype) interview. Based on the selection criteria and scores a main list of 8 PhD candidates and a reserve list of 8 PhD candidates will be made. Notification of final selected 8 PhD candidates are notified in April. Thereafter the admitted candidateshave until the end of August for the final preparations (visa, accommodation, registration etc.), the programme will start in September.
An overview of the time line for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Programme is depicted below.
November- 19th Call for PhD applications out
January 21st- Submission deadline
February 28th- Selection of applicants and reserve list
April- Selection and notification of final candidates
Annual conference all students present Education and reporting Research Mobility
Training Objectives Trans Global Health
To enable students to develop an understanding of global health in terms of the interaction of global, national, regional and local forces, processes, and conditions.
To ground training in disciplinary perspectives and engage in inter/transdisciplinary research.
To offer mentorship opportunities by committed and experienced professors with a diversity of theoretical, operational and methodological perspectives on global health.
To engage with health-related policy-making in a broad range of sectors at local, national and international level.
The doctorate programme is open to students from around the world with an academic master's degree and at least 5 years (300 ECTS) of academic education.
Student backgrounds must be relevant to the project: e.g. medical sciences, biomedical sciences, health sciences, medical anthropology, governance and health, health economics, etc.
Applications are accepted until 15 January 2013. They must include:
A letter of motivation
Copy of passport
Copies of relevant diplomas
A PhD project proposal for selected themes (see heading "Selected themes")
At least two letters of recommendation from qualified persons, including one from the master's thesis supervisor
Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL minimum score of 237 (computer based), 580 (paper-based) or 92-93 (internet-based) or IELTS minimal average score of 6.5 without any category below 6 (optional))
Preferably at least one article submitted to and/or published in a peer-reviewed journal.
The doctorate programme is open to students from around the world with an academic master's degree and at least 5 years (300 ECTS) of academic education and proven excellence in academic records. Candidates should have affinity with the call topic and fit with the proposed research project listed in the call. Student backgrounds must be relevant to the project: e.g. medical sciences, biomedical sciences, health sciences, medical anthropology, governance and health, health economics, etc. The excellence of the programme is guarded by selecting only the top 10% of applicants for an interview. The final selection will be of the top 4-5%. The applications are scored for their (1) personal profile (CV, international scientific activities, background, extracurricular activities, academic performance); (2) motivation (fit of the project with students' competencies and interests); (3) quality of the master's thesis/research; (4) English proficiency; and (5) quality of PhD research proposal. Based on the interviews, eight students are selected for entry into the EMJD programme. The selection criteria in order of weight are: (1) quality of scientific background; (2) quality of reporting; (3) intellectual ability to take a system perspective; and (4) confidence to execute inter-/transdisciplinary research. The selection of PhD candidates by host and partner supervisors must be approved by the Steering Board