Opportunity: PhD Research Scholarship funded by King’s College London

About the Project

PHD studentship in Global Health and Social Medicine: Trajectories

Location: King’s College London, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine

Hours: Full Time

Start date: January 2022


Trajectories: The social science of developmental pathways to health from preconception to childhood in South Africa is hosted by King’s College London in collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand and the Graduate Institute, Geneva. This UKRI-funded project partners with the Healthy Early Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI), a World Health Organisation-supported study that aims to test preconception interventions for the prevention of childhood obesity. HeLTI is a multi-country study with cohorts in Canada, India, China and South Africa; Trajectories works with the latter, hosted by the SAMRC Developmental Pathways for Health Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The aims of this project are to investigate the social and ethical implications of public health interventions in the early life period from preconception to early childhood, and to develop innovative qualitative methodologies for studying the social factors that shape life trajectories.

PhD Studentship

The successful PhD applicant will undertake their PhD research as part of the Trajectories team and will study the social and ethical implications of preconception interventions. Specifically, the PhD candidate will use qualitative and ethnographic methods to address key objectives.


The applicant will be co-supervised by Dr Michelle Pentecost and Dr Silvia Camporesi in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.
This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD student who is interested in inter-disciplinary research and would like to work closely with a supervisory team with expertise in global health, anthropology and bioethics.

Scholarship details

This scholarship is funded by King’s College London. It includes a fee waiver and an annual stipend of approximately £17,874 and is open to applicants of any nationality. As part of the Trajectories team, the successful candidate will also benefit from a generous allowance for extensive field research, travel for conferences and dedicated training. PhD candidates at King’s College London also have access to a wide range of training opportunities at KCL's Centre for Doctoral Studies.

Eligibility criteria

Applications are sought from exceptional candidates with an outstanding academic background.

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