The SLHS initially provides twenty PhD scholarships (for the period 2017-20), which are funded by the partner institutions and matched funding provided by swissuniversities. To capitalize and synergize on the existing structures, funds and expertise of the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) in the domain of PhD training, the scholarship program has been set up as a jointly led activity. There is broad range of structured and high-quality programs offered within the network of the SSPH+. Students enrolled in the joint SLHS-SSPH+ PhD Scholarship Program can take full advantage of the existing structures in PhD education provided by the SSPH+.
The objectives of the SLHS-SSPH+ PhD Scholarship Program are:
- to train a new generation of creative and innovative early-stage researchers, who are able to face current and future challenges in the health sector and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for strengthening health systems;
- to raise excellence and structure research and doctoral training by complementing existing training settings with learning health system relevant knowledge and skills;
- to provide enhanced career perspectives in both the academic and non-academic sectors for early-stage researchers through an interdisciplinary and high-quality training program that fosters an innovation-oriented mindset.