PhD scholarships in Genetics/ Bioinformatics

Applications are invited for two PhD scholarships in the Department of Biological Sciences as part of the Collaborative African Genomics Network (CAfGEN) that has recently received an NIH-Wellcome Trust Funded Grant (H3Africa NiH-U54AI110398) to the tune of USD $5 million.

CAfGEN is a collaborative Network that consists of 6 institutions: University of Botswana, Baylor-Botswana Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence, University of Makerere, Baylor-Uganda Children’s Foundation, Baylor Swaziland Children’s Foundation and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). The role of the Network is in line with the H3Africa mandate which is to capacitate African Scientists in the study of genetics and genomics. Currently the network has received funding to study the “Host Genetic Factors Influencing HIV Disease progression in African Paediatric HIIV.

The candidates will receive well rounded-training at BCM, Texas and UB. The candidates will be trained on genetic and bioinformatics tools to address the CAfGEN aims as well as the PhD research which will be within the CAfGEN umbrella. The candidates will also receive training in course-work related to the field of study at BCM.

The scholarship will include full tuition at the University of Botswana as well as a stipend for a period of 3 years. The chosen candidates will leave for 2 years training in Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, USA in July 2018 and will receive further training at UB in the remaining years of PhD.

To enquire more about the Project, send an email to:


Applicants should hold a (i) Master’s degree in Genetics, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology or Biochemistry (ii) A BSc in Biological Sciences with at least a 2 (i) pass and proven good Genetics track at undergraduate level (iii) show evidence of engagement in research (iv) be prepared to relocate to the USA for training in July 2018. Preference will be given to citizens of Botswana.

Application Procedure:

Application letters, which should include an essay describing the candidate’s motivation are to address the stated qualifications. You should provide a current CV, certified true copies of education certificates, transcripts and names and addresses of three referees. Applicants should inform their referees to submit their references directly to the above address.  Candidates that are short-listed will subsequently be invited to oral interviews conducted by a panel of university staff.

Send your applications to:

Att: The Project Administrator (e-mail:

Department of Biological Sciences,
Corner of Notwane and Mabuto Road
Private Bag 00704, Gaborone

Hand delivered applications should be signed off at:

Secretary, Biological Sciences
Office 216/217, Block 235
University of Botswana

Application Closing Date: 23rd April 2018