Call for applications – Fully funded hybrid PhD programme under the Global Health Research Centre

April 23, 2024

Last date for application submission is May 07, 2024

Institution: HRIDAY

Duration: Three years

Start date: September 2024

Work location: Delhi


The National Institute for Health and Care Research has funded the Public Health Foundation of India, University of Leicester, HRIDAY, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Jodhpur, and Kathmandu Medical College, Nepal, to establish a Global Health Research Centre for Multiple Long-Term Conditions (MLTCs). MLTCs are commonly defined as the co-existence of   two or more long term conditions, each of which is a long-term physical (e.g., diabetes), mental (e.g., depression) or infectious disease (Hepatitis C). According to recent community surveys from India, the prevalence of MLTCs range from 9.4% to 65%. Age, female gender, lower socioeconomic status, and physical inactivity are main risk factors for MLTCs. For more information on MLTCs, please see the editorial entitled “Multimorbidity or multiple long-term conditions: need for bridging the evidence & care gaps to address an emerging priority public health issue in India.”

Despite its growing burden, MLTCs have received minimal recognition from healthcare providers and policymakers. Health systems are still focused on individual disease management rather than having an integrated care model, resulting in the delivery of fragmented and inefficient care. The Centre aims to address some of these issues via co- designing, implementing, and evaluating a patient-centered health system intervention comprising of decision support system, assisted telemedicine and patient facing application. The PhD related research/field work will be based in India/Nepal. The aim of PhD is to research/discover enhanced ways to decrease suffering and improve the lives of people with MLTCs in India/Nepal by providing pathways or solutions for delivering better care.

The fully funded three-year hybrid PhD position will be embedded within the Centre. The candidate will be required to be affiliated with/join HRIDAY before starting the PhD. The candidate will be jointly supervised by a team of highly accomplished researchers across institutions in India and the UK. The candidate will be based in India and will travel to Leicester for completing course work, if required. The PhD degree will be awarded by the University of Leicester.


Residents of India with a master’s degree in public health/health sciences. Work experience and publications are a pre-requisite for application. Candidates with a clear commitment to building a researcher career in MLTCs will be given preference.

How to apply

Please submit the following documents to the email addresses: info@hriday-shan.org; mansi@hriday-shan.org

  1. CV (Two-page max, Arial font of size 11) containing:
    1. Full name, address, email ID and contact number
    1. Education
    1. Work experience
    1. List of publications (highlight the name, use * if you are first, corresponding or last author and indicate your specific contribution to the paper in a sentence)
    1. Conference presentations
    1. Contact information of two referees
  2. Concept note on the proposed research related to MLTC (Two-page max, Arial font of size 11) covering:
    1. Background
    1. Research question
    1. Specific aims
    1. Methodology
    1. Dissemination plan

Please note that the proposed research has to address one or more aspects of MLTC in India/Nepal. Quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods research are all encouraged.

Selection procedure

The concept note and CV will be reviewed by Centre investigators. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a four day in-person research facilitation workshop (RFW) in New Delhi in 2024 (exact dates will be communicated to the candidates). Enrollment into PhD will be contingent upon meeting the entry requirements of the University of Leicester. Project and application enquiries can be directed to Dr Mansi Chopra (mansi@hriday-shan.org) Last date for application submission is May 07, 2024

Work Level
Employment Type
Fellowship / PhD/ Post Doc
Fully funded
Sustainable health