Mbarara University Of Science and Technology (MUST) Masters Scholarships 2020

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Mbarara University Of Science and Technology (MUST) Masters Scholarships 2020/2021 for Young Ugandan Women | How to apply

MUST Masters Scholarship…There is a partnership between between the Science Faculty and the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) with the Royal Museum for Central Africa, KU Leuven, University of Antwerp, Belgium and University of Kinshasa, DRC to bring an implementation of a 5-year multidisciplinary project tag Action Towards Reducing Aquatic snail-borne Parasitic diseases. With a support funding from Belgium Development Agency (DGD)– 2020 – 2023. The deadline for the 17th July 2020, 5:00 pm EAT. To see details on how to apply, continue reading.

Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) was established in October 1989 by a Statute of the National Resistance Council, as the second public university in Uganda, after Makerere University. The statute was repealed and replaced by the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001, as amended in 2003 and 2006.

The university was established in the former Nursing & Midwifery School and took  over its facilities adjacent to the current Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital. It started with a pioneer Faculty of Medicine offering the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB). The first cohort of students were 43 students and 5 members of staff, four of whom were from the Republic of Cuba. To date the relationship with the Cuban government had been maintained. Cuba provides at least 5 medical specialists to train students and also offer clinical services all the time.

The major aim of establishing the university was to bridge the gap of health professionals in the country. The university trains doctors and other health professionals such as nurses, pharmacists, medical laboratory scientists and recently, physiotherapists. Theses are trained to acquaint themselves with the rural conditions and health needs of the bulk of Uganda’s population under the programme known as Community Based Education and Services (COBERS).

The university continued to grow and new faculties/institutes were established. These include;

  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology
  • Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Faculty of Business and Management Sciences
  • Maternal New-born and Child Health Institute
  • Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation

The University Motto: “SUCCEED WE MUST”

Application Deadline: 17th July 2020, 5:00 pm EAT.

Eligible Countries: Uganda

To be Taken at (Country): Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Uganda

About the Award: The overall aim of the ATRAP project is to aid in the prevention of aquatic snail-borne parasitic diseases in Uganda and Congo, through a multi-disciplinary approach. Within the project, 5 PhD researchers and 5 Masters students affiliated to universities in DR Congo, Uganda and Belgium will tackle various research questions ranging from the ecological aspects of the infection cycle to the societal mechanisms at play determining schistosomiasis risk perception and knowledge transfer. The project greatly values involvement of females in the fight against snail-borne diseases, given that women (and children) are at a greater risk of infection compared to other groups.

We are therefore looking for female candidates to fill two (2) Master’s positions at Mbarara University of Science and Technology: one (1) in the Social-Cultural and Communication aspects of the project and the other in the Biological aspects of the project. A summary of the project is in Award Webpage (see Link below)

Type: Masters

Selection Criteria: The advert is open to all eligible female Ugandans. The MSc in Biology applicant should be willing to study the ecology of the intermediate host snails of parasite as well as profiling the animal footprint in the parasite cycles.

The salient attributes we are looking for are as follows:

a) Master of Science (biological) applicant

  1.  Must have an admission letter to pursue an MSc in Biology (either Natural Resources’ Ecology, Management and Conservation, or Microbiology and Parasitology option) at Mbarara University of Science and Technology.
  2. The applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology or any other relevant Biological science acquired from a recognised university.
  3. Experience in working with project related activities is an added advantage.

b) MA (Socio-Science) applicant

1. Must be an admitted student at MUST under either of the following programmes:

  • MA in Development Studies
  • MA in conflict Analysis and Inclusive Development
  • MA in Local Governance and Planning
  • Master of Public Health

2. Should have a Bachelor’s degree in humanities e.g. sociology, anthropology, development
studies, gender, community development etc. from a recognised university.

Number of Awards: 2

Value of Award: The scholarship caters for tuition fees, research costs, and a monthly stipend in Uganda. The applicants must therefore be willing to be full-time students dedicated to their studies and project work and will be based at MUST with an office space on full-time basis.

Duration of Award: 2 years

How to Apply: The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr. Casim Umba Tolo (Promoter, MUST), Dr. Viola Nilah Nyakato (Co-Promoter, MUST), Dr. Tine Huyse (Promoter– Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium), Dr. Caroline Masquillier (Co-Promoter, Antwerp), Prof. Karolien Poels (Co-Promoter, Antwerp) and other project team members from Uganda and Europe.

The application package should include:

  • A letter of motivation
  • A cover letter (1 page)
  • A CV (2 pages)
  • Copies of academic documents
  • A letter of recommendation from the current employer/immediate supervisor (1 page) – if applicable
  • A letter from an academic referee supporting your application (1 page). The application should be compiled into one document of no more than 8 pages in total
  • Only complete applications will be assessed
  • The applications should be addressed (and submitted) to the local promoter by email: Ensure that the following emails addresses are included in the cc:,,, and
  • All applications should be submitted by 17th July 2020, 5:00 pm EAT.
  • The selection process will involve two stages – a pre-selection phase between 17th and 24th July 2020, and the final selection between 24th and 31st July 2020. The successful candidates should be ready to start their studies at the beginning of the academic year 2020/2020 scheduled for mid-August, 2020.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Please include your WhatsApp and Skype Addresses for easy communication


Visit Award Webpage for Details

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