BridgELSI Ph.D. Scholarship in the Ethics of Data Science Health Research


The Center for Bioethics and Research, Nigeria (CBR) is offering one PhD Scholarship to an individual interested in conducting research on the Ethics of Data Science Health Research in Nigeria. Successful candidate would be admitted to the Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Faculty of Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Ibadan. Mentoring would be provided by Nigerian and international experts from University of Ibadan, University of Maryland, and George Washington University.

The position is funded by the “Bridging Gaps in the ELSI of Data Science Health Research in Nigeria (BridgELSI) Project” which is one of the projects in the NIH’s DS-I Africa initiative. The primary goal of the BridgELSI project is to develop a novel governance framework for ethical conduct of data science health research, provide training in research ethics to data scientists and in data science for members of health research ethics committees in Nigeria. The trainee is expected to work specifically on these areas and participate in all activities of the BridgELSI Project.

The grant and scholarship are administered by the CBR which is renowned for academic excellence and research in Nigeria. CBR has implemented training programs in research ethics, responsible conduct of research, artificial intelligence, research methods, and non-communicable diseases in Nigeria. CBR also conducts research in Cancers, Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes Mellitus, Alzheimer’s Disease/Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias. The Center for Bioethics and Research collaborated with the Federal Ministry of Health to establish the National Health Research Ethics Committee of Nigeria and train health institutions, NGOs, and governments to build capacity in ethics and establish health research ethics committees.

The PhD funding covers tuition, fees, books, laptop, stipend, etc. There is a wide variety of networking and training activities, including CITI courses and workshops, local and international conferences which the candidate will benefit from. Study mode is full-time for minimum of three (3) years at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Interested candidates must be admitted into the University of Ibadan by the College of Postgraduate Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Potential candidates should have Master’s degree in Bioethics, Philosophy, Law, Social Sciences, Public Health, etc., or MBBS or BDS. Prospective applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their interest and experience in bioethics and a brief Curriculum Vitae to the Head of Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, University of Ibadan.

Once granted admission by the University, the successful candidate would apply for the scholarship through the BridgELSI project website of the Center for Bioethics and Research at BridgELSI Project – Center for Bioethics and Research ( and follow the instructions on the website. Interested candidates should submit a 1- to 2-page cover letter detailing demonstrated interest and/or experience in bioethics, including conceptual and/or empirical methods as listed above to for more information.