New PhD opportunity

The International Doctoral Program in Global Health, Humanitarian Aid and Disaster medicine

The International Doctoral Program in Global Health, Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Medicine is a joint PhD designed and offered by the Università del Piemonte Orientale (UPO), Italy, through the Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine (CRIMEDIM) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium, through the Research Group on Emergency and Disaster Medicine (ReGEDiM).

A Joint PhD is a doctoral degree awarded by two different institutions, who share the responsibilities of supervising, coordinating and examining a researcher’s work towards the PhD degree.

In other words:

You will be enrolled in two universities, one of which will be your Home Institution. The program structure, the duties and the rights will be the same for each student, but rules concerning application, registration, scholarships and administrative procedures will be different according to the Home Institution you choose.

You will be awarded two separate degrees from both Universities

You will be supported by tutors and professors from the two organizing universities and from a network of collaborating institutions worldwide

You will experience an international environment, become part of a stimulating network of researchers and pursue a prestigious academic career

This is a unique opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary and international way, building on your knowledge, skills, interest and passion to carry out innovative research on global health, humanitarian aid or disaster medicine with mentorship from expert faculty.

Applications will open in July 2019

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Program Start: 1 November 2019

Program Length: 3 years

PhD students will perform a research study with strong affiliation to one of the three main themes: global health, humanitarian aid or disaster medicine. Proposals should adhere to disaster-related subjects or humanitarian context. Following are examples of some fields of research applicable in this context:

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Humanitarianism and humanitarian assistance

 
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Health and medicine in natural and technological disasters, humanitarian crises and conflicts, migration and displacement

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Global Health

 
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Health systems management in low-resource environments

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Emergency public health

 
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Psycho-social aspects in disasters and humanitarian crises

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Disaster risk reduction, disaster management and global resilience

 
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Ethical and legal aspects in disasters and humanitarian crises

PhD students will attend an induction course in Novara (February 2020) in which basic and advanced research skills will be taught. Students will then follow the route of his/her research proposal with the supervision of UPO and VUB senior researchers.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND ADMISSION

A maximum of 6 students will be accepted for the 2019-2022 course:

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5 places in UPO, of which 3 with scholarships, 1 with research grant and 1 without scholarship

Novara, Italy
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1 place in VUB (Belgium), without scholarship

Brussels, Belgium

Admission to this Doctoral Program is highly competitive. Applicants must possess a very good academic record, previous research experience, and a keen interest in global health, humanitarian aid and/or disaster medicine research.

The minimum academic requirement for admission as a PhD student is to hold a Master’s degree in a health-related field. Applicants with a different academic background will be evaluated case-by-case by the Admission Board.

Candidates who did not graduate in an English-speaking country must provide evidence of their proficiency in English, which will be tested during the oral interview.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FUNDING

A maximum of 6 students will be accepted for the 2019-2022 course:

UPO offers three scholarships of

€ 1.132 PER MONTH

awarded to the candidates that choose UPO as their Home Institution, according to the evaluation of the selection.

An one research grant of

€ 2.000 PER MONTH

is awarded to a candidate who graduated outside Italy and is willing to work in CRIMEDIM HQ in Novara (Italy)

At VUB there are no scholarships available for the current edition. For any information please contact the VUB course director Prof. Ives Hubloue: ives.hubloue@uzbrussel.be

Fees

Accepted candidates who chose UPO as their Home Institution will be required to pay the following fees:

202
per year as a tuition fee
10
per year as a contribution for the sporting facilities
140
per year for the regional education tax (EDISU)

Candidates who do not receive a scholarship will be exempt from the payment of the tuition fee and the contribution to the sporting facilities (212 €)

At VUB there are no scholarships available for the current edition. For any information please contact the VUB course director Prof. Ives Hubloue: ives.hubloue@uzbrussel.be

HOW TO APPLY

Ready to embark the journey?

First of all, you need to choose your Home Institution:

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If you wish to choose UPO as your Home Institution, the procedure for application is the following:

The call for applicants will open in July 2019. Candidates must submit the following documents by August 2019 (only complete applications will be considered)

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If you wish to choose VUB as your Home Institution, please contact the VUB course director Prof. Ives Hubloue:

ives.hubloue@uzbrussel.be

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Cover letter including a personal statement about your motivation and interest in a specific field of research, including prior experience in research and/or field-work related
 

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Curriculum Vitae

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Scientific publications

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Reference letter

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Copy of your academic degrees and transcripts

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Copy of passport or ID

 
 
 
 
The application procedure will be entirely online. Details will be provided in the month of July.
 

 

 

The selection committee will select candidates according to the following criteria:

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Curriculum vitae, academic records, scientific publications and recorded experience (max 30 points, min 15 points)

 

The list of applicants who successfully passed the first selection stage will be published mid September 2019 on the following websites www.crimedim.uniupo.it, www.uniupo.it.

The candidates who succeed the selection process will register at UPO during the first half of November 2019. Foreign students will be asked to provide an official declaration of conformity of their academic titles (Diploma Supplement issued by the University, declaration of value issued by the Embassy, or Declaration of Comparability issued by CIMEA).

 

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Research proposal (discussed during the oral interview), motivation and interest (max 70 points, min 45 points).

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM TIMELINE

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