Monday, May 6, 2024

SARETI Masters Degree MSocSc (Health Research Ethics) Scholarships Call for Applications: 2025

A Masters Degree in Health Research Ethics primarily for lawyers and social scientists.

The South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI), based at the University of

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is an African programme in health research ethics that offers

a mix of online and face-to-face modular and applied training as part of a structured Social Science Masters specialised in health research ethics.

Trainees are capacitated with the expertise to ensure that health research in Africa prioritises the welfare of research participants, individuals and communities as its primary focus. A key focus of this training programme is to build research ethics expertise. SARETI has been awarded competitive funding from the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), to offer Masters-level training in research ethics, beginning 2025. This two-year programme is aimed at lawyers, social scientists and other professionals in the early stages of their career whose work relates to health-related research and/or research ethics. The programme will offer comprehensive advanced multi disciplinary Masters level training in research ethics to a cohort of candidates from across Africa.

SARETI scholarships provide full financial support for Masters degree students in 2025/26. This includes:
  • travel
  • course fees
  • living expenses whilst in South Africa attending on-site modalities
  • research expenses


Ability to undertake travel to South Africa for 6 months of contact study in year 1 (2025) and 1–2 weeks in year 2 (2026) 

Have an eligible prior degree, preferably in law or social science, with SAQA NQF 8 or higher accreditation

Involvement in health research ethics, health-related research or law and/or are willing to volunteer on a Research Ethics Committee in their country of origin

Resident in Africa  

*Applications for self-funded or externally-sponsored candidates are also welcome.


Applicants must complete the application form with specified attachments available at A competitive selection process will follow to select a cohort of sponsored candidates who will commence their studies in January 2025.

Queries and expressions of interest may be directed to the SARETI Programme Coordinator, Ms Mandy Harwood, at [email protected].

The SARETI Masters in Social Science (Health Research Ethics) Programme is made possible through NIH/FIC grant number 5R25TW001599-21 to the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Complete applications must be received by 20 May 2024 no later than 8H00 CAT, and incomplete applications will be rejected.