Fogarty International Center
National Institutes of Health
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Educational Programmes


SARETI announces the availability of scholarships that offer full financial support for up to four Masters degree trainees yearly. These scholarships are available to professionals involved in health ethics and health research and who are resident in Africa. (Scholarships for short courses, fellowships and non-degree programmes are not available but self-funded students are welcome to apply for these programmes or particular modules, or the degree programme). Self-funded PhD study programmes can be offered to selected applicants. Students wishing to pursue a PhD are welcome to submit a short 1-2 page concept paper with some key references and the SARETI Executive will consider their request further. Please note that the PhD is a research degree with no coursework.

For further information ( SARETI Brochure ) contact:

Mrs Carla Pettit,
School of Applied Human Sciences, College of Humanities, Discipline of Psychology 
University of KwaZulu-Natal;
Private Bag XO1; Scottsville 3209; Pietermaritzburg; South Africa;
Tel: +27-33-260-6162; Fax: +27-33-260-5809;

MASTERS degree programme in Health Research Ethics

The Masters degree programme is based on modular course work, practicals, and a dissertation or research paper. As a fourth component, the top Masters trainee will be funded to present his/her work at the Global Bioethics Forum or a similar convention on health research in developing countries. A full-time Masters degree takes 2 years to complete, of which approximately 10 months are spent with SARETI and the remainder at the trainees' home institutions. SARETI will offer full scholarships, including living and transport expenses, to up to four students from Africa each year.

The goals of the Masters degree programmes are:

  • To provide trainees with a solid theoretical foundation and practical competence to conduct and lead ethical review of health research
  • To enable trainees to train others in providing this review
  • To assist trainees in institutionalising research ethics and ethics review capacity
  • To prepare African professionals to assume leadership positions in health research ethics in Africa, to pursue a career or further doctoral studies in this field

The SARETI Masters programme is a Masters of Social Science degree (MSocSc: Health Research Ethics) through the School of Psychology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Research Support / Settling-in Allowance

SARETI provides financial assistance to each funded SARETI graduate annually to support the completion of the SARETI research thesis on each students' return to their home institution.

Who should apply?

All professionals whose work is intimately involved with health research ethics, either as senior researchers, Ethics Committee Members, as institutional representatives responsible for the oversight of health research, but also journalists, lawyers, philosophers, and social scientists, and others involved with health interventions and health research. All applicants (including self-funded applicants) need at least a Bachelors (honours) or 4 year equivalent degree to be eligible to enroll for a Masters degree. In addition, current and future experience and involvement in the ethics of health research is essential.

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Who should apply?

Members of Ethics Review Committees, or persons wanting to prepare themselves for membership of an REC/IRB.

For Application: Please contact

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