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African mental health Researchers InSpired and Equipped (ARISE) – Scholarships

This is an opportunity for the Medical student to get a scholarship as the African mental health Researchers InSpired and Equipped (ARISE) is offering scholarships to qualified candidates.

In this article, we will be guiding you through everything you need to know about the African mental health Researchers InSpired and Equipped (ARISE) scholarship program

About African mental health Researchers InSpired and Equipped (ARISE)

The Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health’s ARISE initiative aims to provide one scholarship to fund PhD studies at Stellenbosch University.

ARISE’s main purpose is to develop and expand the postgraduate pipeline in African public mental health by increasing research capacity across the lifetime.

The ARISE fellowship was designed to assist one PhD student joining the Centre for Public Mental Health team in the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University.


It was financed by the Fogarty International Center at the US National Institutes of Health.

ARISE intends to train researchers with a focus on integrating mental health into current services, with a particular emphasis on increasing mental health services in community settings, such as those provided by non-governmental organizations.

We are looking for competent South African individuals (or those with permanent residence status in South Africa) who are passionate about improving public mental health on the African continent to apply.

Candidates who are devoted to a research/academic career, interested in research techniques and mental health policy, and who are committed to capacity building in the field of mental health are encouraged to apply.

Scholarship Conditions:

The successful candidate must be able to:

  • Apply for full-time study at Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Public Mental Health at the Department of Psychology.
  • Comply with the University’s authorized postgraduate policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Sign a Memorandum of Understanding with his or her boss on a bi-lateral basis.
  • Assist in the creation and execution of a postgraduate diploma program.
  • For the length of the fellowship, you will be based in Cape Town/Stellenbosch.
  • Successful candidates will not be able to hold down a salaried/full-time job at the same time.

Award Value and Tenure:

The Fellowship is worth R300,000 each year. This does not include the costs of research that will be supported by the program.

Despite the fact that the fellowships are for a four-year period, adequate academic progress must be demonstrated in order to maintain registers.

Academic Requirements:

Applicants must have completed a master’s degree in a fundamental field related to public mental health (e.g. psychology, public health, medicine, nursing, social work, occupational therapy).

Applicants must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Application Requirements: 

Interested applicants may contact Professor Ashraf Kagee at if they have any further questions or would like to discuss the suitability of their research proposals.

Download the application form

Please send the completed application form and supporting documents in one pdf file to Ms Gaynohl Andrews (

For More Information on how to apply, click here

Application Deadline:

Application for this scholarship program will be closing on the January 15th, 2022



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