Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) Fund

Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) Fund is a Graduate scholarship for African scientists to gain funding for a master’s degree in an area related to disease control in Africa. Scholarship winners can choose to study at London’s Institute of Tropical Medicine, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine or Nagasaki University in Japan.


Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) Fund Summary


Application Deadline: 31st August 2023


Type: Masters


Scholarship Value: US$50000


Offered annually? Yes


Available Funding Positions: 4 to 5


Eligible African Countries: Sub-Saharan Africa


To be taken at: Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki, Japan and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, UK


Overview Of The Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) Fund 


The masters scholarship for African scientists funds a candidate to undertake an MSc in a subject relevant to the control of infectious disease in Africa at either the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki (TMGH), Nagasaki, Japan, or at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, UK.


Both residential and distance learning MSc courses are available at LSHTM. Meanwhile, candidates offering a course at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki will be required to reside in Japan for the duration of the course.


Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) Fund Value 


Up to a maximum award of US$50,000 each to cover tuition fees, travel and living expenses


Eligibility Criteria


In order to qualify for the African London Nagasaki Fund, African scientists interested in applying must meet the following criteria:


For Scholarship Candidates at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


  • The applicant must be of African nationality and normally be resident in sub-Saharan Africa.


  • They should also be fluent in English. If the applicant’s first language is not English or if the studies at university have not been conducted wholly in the medium of English candidates must take and pass one of the approved internet-based tests (IELTS, TOEFL or a Pearson Test of English). Furthermore, the standard of English needed to pass the tests is high and is in line with the level of English required by the UK Border Authority in order to issue a student visa.


  • On another note, aspiring candidates must be a first or upper second class BSc degree or equivalent from an established university in a relevant area of science (a medical degree is not essential).


  • The scientists must usually have had at least two years’ prior research experience in an area relevant to the study of infectious diseases.


  • Lastly, interested parties must have the support of the head of their institution for undertaking their chosen course.


For Scholarship Candidates at the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki


Candidates applying for a Scholarship at the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki, must adhere to the following rules and requirements:


  • The candidates must be of African nationality and normally be resident in sub-Saharan Africa.


  • Furthermore, they should be fluent in English.


  • Interested parties must have obtained an MB ChB or equivalent medical qualification from a recognized university.


  • Lastly, they must have had at least two years of clinical experience following graduation.


Application Process


Once interested parties have ensured that they fit the eligibility criteria and are able to meet the additional requirements, they must take note of the following steps for application:


  • Identify an MSc course at either LSHTM or NEKKEN that you would like to study, but do not apply to the university.


  • Ensure you are eligible for the MSc course and ALN Scholarship. Please note NEKKEN applicants must have a medical qualification.


  • Register to create an account with ALN. You must have an account before you can apply.


  • Log in to download the application form. Complete and submit the application form. No supporting documentation is required at this stage.


  • Applications will be considered by a selection committee and four candidates will be offered Scholarships by mid February.


  • Successful candidates to apply for the MSc course at the specified university by 1 March.


  • Scholarship awardees that are given a place at university start their MSc course in September at LSHTM and October at NEKKEN.


Selection Criteria


Applications will be considered by a selection committee comprising two representatives each from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK and the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki University, Japan, plus two distinguished African scientists.


Criteria on which selections will be based include past academic experience, evidence of a commitment to research as shown through work experience and publications, evidence of an aptitude for independent learning (which is especially important for candidates wishing to take the distance learning degree), a personal statement of why attending the chosen course will further their career, and referees’ reports.


Priority will be given to candidates at an early stage of their scientific career.


Shortlisting of candidates will be done electronically, and final selection of shortlisted candidates will be done through a video link or teleconference. Up to five awards for the academic year 2022-2023 will be made, with the awards being distributed between London and Nagasaki. 


The panel will make recommendations about scholarship support but cannot guarantee a successful candidate a place on the course that they select. An award will be conditional on a candidate meeting the criteria set by the host institution for entry on to the course that they wish to take, and on being offered a place on this course.


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