The George Institute For Global Health
United Kingdom

PhD Scholarship Opportunity: BHASA (a-float): Ending the Drowning Epidemic (via UNSW Scientia Scholarship Scheme)

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Postgraduate opportunities
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Leanne Tea

An opportunity for a prestigious UNSW Scientia PhD scholarships in public health research at The George Institute for Global Health, comprising:

•    $40,000 per annum stipend for four years (tax free)

•    Tuition fees covered for the full 4-year period (for international and local students)

•    Coaching and mentoring as part of your highly personalized career and leadership development plan

•    Up to $10,000 each year to build your career and support your international research collaborations.

We're seeking a suitable student to work on the research  ' IBHASA (a-float): Ending the Drowning Epidemic)'. Drowning is a serious, neglected public health issue, claiming the lives of 372,000 people every year. It is the leading cause of mortality among 1-5 years in Bangladesh. Based on WHO guidelines, project Bhasa ('float' in Bengali) is a ground breaking initiative to reduce drowning in the Barisal Division of Bangladesh. The project is developing a multi-sector and evidence-led strategy to target the most vulnerable people with appropriate and sustainable solutions. This will generate essential learning for a co-ordinated and comprehensive sub national/national responses leading to a significant reduction in drowning in Bangladesh and learnings applied globally in other LMIC settings. The Behaviour Change Wheel is a systematic approach to developing health interventions targeting behaviour change. This PhD study will use the approach, for implementation of known effective interventions such as increased supervision through day care's in high risk (children); and high exposure (fishermen and water transport users) populations in Bangladesh.

The supervisory team is Professor Robyn Norton, The George Institute for Global Health (UNSW), Dr Jagnoor Jagnoor, The George Institute for Global Health, and Aminur Rahaman, external supervisor from Bangladesh.

Please submit your applications via the UNSW website:

The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is part of UNSW’s dedication to harnessing our cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. Scientia scholars will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated potential for contributing to the social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the UNSW 2025 Strategy. The Scientia Scheme is targeted in that applicants apply to a specific research area with an identified supervisory team and application is by nomination.  To learn more about the Scientia PhD scholarship, click here: