African Countries have continued to face growing challenges related to infectious diseases in both human and animal populations. As a way of increasing capacity to tackle these challenges on the continent, the Zambian Government obtained a loan from the World Bank for the creation of the Africa Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals (ACEIDHA) at the University of Zambia (UNZA), School of Veterinary Medicine.

The mandate of the Centre is the delivery of high quality research and training at MSc and PhD levels to smart, highly motivated and ambitious scientists in Africa, so as to reduce the identified critical shortage of skilled human resource in the prevention and control of infectious diseases on the continent.


The School of Veterinary Medicine boasts of the finest biomedical research facilities on the continent ranging from Biosafety Level (BSL) 2 to BSL 3 laboratories. The school also has a BSL 2 cell culture and an Animals Biosafety Level (ABSL) 2 laboratory. UNZA also boasts having highly qualified researchers and scientists who are able to offer quality student supervision and mentorship in a range of research areas.

Additionally, student supervision will be done in collaboration with other internationally recognized scientists from within the continent and beyond. ACEIDHA is looking for highly qualified and motivated young African scientists interested in research in infectious diseases under the themes given below, that will culminate in obtaining MSc or PhD qualifications from the University of Zambia.

This training programme will empower graduates with knowledge and skills to improve the quality of livelihoods of people, including animals and the environment, and ultimately contributing to the attainment of some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In line with UNZA strategic plan, ACEIDHA is committed to the principle of gender equality and equal opportunities for all including individuals with physical disabilities and disadvantaged backgrounds (We believe in equal opportunities for all).

Through the funding received from the World Bank, ACEIDHA will offer scholarships (full or partial depending on circumstances) for the period of study at the University of Zambia, to deserving applicants meeting the selection criteria and whose proposed research areas will be in line with its mission and vision.

Students with other sources of funding or those who can sponsor themselves are also encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: All African Countries

Level of Studies: Master and PhD

Hosting Country: Zambia

Research Themes:

  1. Emerging and zoonotic viral diseases
  2. Emerging and zoonotic bacterial diseases including antimicrobial resistance
  3. Neglected tropical diseases
  4. Vector-borne zoonotic diseases The focus of the proposed area of study for each of the above themes should be in epidemiology (including disease modelling and disease surveillance), socio-economics, socio-anthropology, pathogen or host genomics, host-pathogen interactions, diagnostics, biodiversity, disease risk analysis, and habitat fragmentation/ Urban Sprawl and their effect on disease spread. Proposals on climate change as it relates to the above themes are also encouraged.

Programmes on Offer:

ACEIDHA will also offer a limited number of
scholarships on a competitive basis to
students who want to pursue the following
taught One Health MSc programmes:
MSc by Research
Applicants for an MSc scholarship by
research must possess a bachelor’s degree in
relevant fields from a recognised University.
Their envisaged area of study must be in line
with the above themes.


Taught MSc
I. MSc One Health Food Safety
It is undertaken over a period of two years in two
parts. Part I comprises of the taught component
over a period of one and a half (1½) years and
part II is comprised of supervised research work
culminating in the submission of a research paper.
I. MSc One Health Analytical Epidemiology
II. MSc Food Safety and Risk Analysis
III. MSc One Health Laboratory Sciences
IV. MSc Ecological Public Health
V. MSc Tropical Infectious Diseases and Zoonoisis
These MSc courses will be undertaken over a period of
two years in two parts. Part I comprises a taught component over a period of one year and part II is comprised of supervised research work culminating in the
submission of a dissertation.
Candidates who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply for these programmes:
 Graduates from any recognized University in the
field of biological sciences, Medicine, Public health,
Veterinary Medicine, Environmental Health, Nursing, Food Science, Agricultural Sciences, Social
Sciences and any other related field of study.
 Graduates in health-related field of studies such as
statistics, demography, food science and public
health may apply, provided they are graduates
from a recognised University.
 The minimum requirement for medical and veterinary candidates is the first degree with at least a
credit in Epidemiology, Statistics or Community
Medicine. Applicants must also have obtained a
minimum of a credit in A-level mathematics.
 Medical and veterinary graduates with at least one
(1) year of related medical or veterinary experience
will have an added advantage.
 Graduates from Biological Sciences must have at
least a credit grade and those with at least two (2)
years of post-qualifying experience will have an
added advantage
 Minimum of credit or two years working experience
will be an added advantage.


  • Scholarship Modalities and Sponsorship Scholarship opportunities are available on a competitive basis for eligible African female and male candidates from all African countries. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities or disadvantaged backgrounds are also encouraged to apply. Please indicate in the cover letter if you would like to be considered for the ACEIDHA Scholarship. Students in employment must provide a letter of full commitment from their employers that they will be granted study leave. Scholarships available are as follows:
  • Partial scholarships (Zambian Students): Partial scholarships cover tuition fees, registration fees, examination fees and some limited assistance towards research costs. This type of scholarship is for Zambian students who wish to pursue programmes at Masters and Doctoral levels. Candidates awarded partial scholarships are supported only for the duration of studies, i.e. 2 years for Masters and 3 years for Doctoral degree. However, this support is incumbent upon successful progress in each year. Candidates on the scholarship must endeavour to complete their studies in the stipulated timeframes as extension of funding will not be possible.
  • Full scholarships (Regional Students – Rest of Africa): The full scholarships will cover tuition fees; registration fees; examination fees; laboratory fees; research costs including field trips, placements and internship; and living expenses.
  • Duration of financial and material support: Financial support will be provided for the entire duration of the study period to selected best candidates (up to 2 years). The support will initially be granted for one-year, renewable upon a successful completion of the first year. Renewal of financial support for the subsequent scholarship years will be dependent upon successful completion of the previous year with written evidence of satisfactory progress received from immediate supervisors of the candidates.Image result for THE UNIVERSITY OF ZAMBIA AFRICA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES OF HUMANS AND ANIMALS (ACEIDHA)


Interested candidates must submit completed applications, which must include a
completed application form for admission, two academic references forms, one
professional reference form, certified copies of academic certificates and transcripts of results and a concept note (not exceeding 1000 words) to the following addresses:

The Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Studies, University of Zambia,
P.O. Box 32379, Lusaka, ZAMBIA, Tel/ Fax: 260-211-290258, Email: drgs@unza.zm
With copies to:
Centre Leader, ACEIDHA, University of Zambia, P. O. Box 32379, Lusaka, Zambia,
Email: bhangombe@unza.zm and phone: +260978369070
Application forms can be downloaded from: www.unza.zm/postgraduate-programmes


Enquiries about the research areas or any further information about this advert can be
sent to
The Deputy Centre Leader/ Research and Training Coordinator, Email: martin.simuunza@unza.zm and phone +260968808511.
The Project Manager, Email: marjorieequamo.phiri@unza.zm and phone
The Senior Administrative Officer, Email: majoriemaselechi@unza.zm and phone

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 30th October 2019.

RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENTS: Applicants will be notified by email two (2) weeks after the application deadline and
are expected to start their studies by 1st February 2020.