Applications are invited for a scholarship for a postgraduate student to work on a research project related to cardiovascular disease, in particular related to congenital and/or inherited cardiac diseases. The scholarship originates from the non-profit organisation Beating Hearts Malta (BHM), facilitated by the Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT) of the University of Malta. The project is coordinated by the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.
Applicants shall be in possession of a Master’s degree (or equivalent, including MD) in the health sciences and be eligible for studies at Ph.D. level at the University of Malta in terms of the applicable regulations and bye-laws. Familiarity with research methods and previous experience with research and publications in the field of cardiovascular disease will be considered an asset.
The selected candidate is expected to enrol in the University of Malta’s Ph.D. programme and conduct research in cardiovascular disease. The award is for a maximum of three years for full-time studies (or six years for part-time studies) and can be taken up as soon as Senate approves the Ph.D. application based on the recommendations received by the Faculty Board (Medicine and Surgery) and the Doctoral Academic Committee.
This scholarship shall provide a maximum of €25,000 to cover University bench fees and other expenses related to the research but will not cover the annual enrolment fee.
International candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with information available on the website of the International Office (www.um.edu.mt/international/students) when applying, particularly to the sections concerning English Language requirements, visas and e-residence permit conditions and requirements. The scholarship does not cover all the costs related to studying and living in Malta, and international candidates will need to provide assurance that they have the funds available to cover their stay in Malta.
Applicants should submit their letter of application by not later than 30 September 2020 by email together with a copy of their curriculum vitae, and a scanned copy of their certificates. The scholarship is intended to support students who have clear goals for their future and applicants are expected to explain how they believe doctoral research will allow them to shape their plans after graduation. Applicants are expected to declare any special attributes and accomplishments that they think make them deserving of the scholarship. Late applications will not be considered.
The selection procedure will involve:
a. scrutiny of qualifications and experience claimed and supported by testimonials and/or certificates (copies to be included with the application);
b. shortlisting; and
c. an interview and/or extended interview.
This selection panel will make the final decision on successful candidates based on academic excellence and research potential.
Further information may be obtained by contacting Dr Maryanne Caruana.
Terms and conditions
The award may not be held concurrently with another major award for the same purpose unless with prior permission of the Doctoral School. The award holder may be engaged in paid employment during the tenure of the award if they are registered as part-time students. If they are reading for the PhD full-time, paid employment cannot exceed 19 hours per week.
The award holder will be required to provide progress reports on an annual basis (normally in June) to the Doctoral School and as required by University regulations and procedures. At the end of tenure a final report must be submitted covering what has been achieved.
The Doctoral School requests that the award holder acknowledges the assistance of Beating Hearts Malta and the Research Innovation and Development Trust of the University of Malta in any publications arising wholly or partially from the award.