Dr. Sinkala was a graduate of the UAB School of Public Health and a leader in policy and research for implementation of healthcare delivery in his beloved country of Zambia. His vision and passion for public health will be deeply missed. For these reasons, colleagues, friends, and admirers have come together to create a scholarship in his name. The Moses Sinkala Zambia Scholarship provides much needed financial assistance to deserving students in the University of Zambia School of Medicine (UNZA SOM) who demonstrate an interest in serving the public health needs of Zambia as was a priority of Dr. Sinkala. To pay tribute to the research and service programs between UAB and Zambia to which Dr. Sinkala was deeply committed, the fund will resides at and is administered by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) under the direction of an external selection committee.

The Sparkman Center is very appreciative to those who have donated to the Moses Sinkala Endowed Scholarship:

Louise Kuhn

Sara M. Milillo

Stewart & Cheri Reid

Sten Vermund & Pilar Vargas-Vermund

Katz Family Foundation

Craig & Lynda Wilson

Mara Jambor

Marilyn J. Kurata

Janet Turan



Moses Sinkala Endowed Scholarship Recipients:

*Each received an award to offset research expenses*

 Name  Award Year 
Pascal Polepole 2014
Francis Mupeta 2015
Kamvuma M. Kingsley 2016
Mwango Mutale 2016
Emmanuel Liche 2017
Mwambe Mutale 2017
Luungo Ziko 2017


Moses Sinkala Endowed Scholarship and Application Information

In honor of the late Dr. Moses Sinkala, the Sparkman Center for Global Health and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success have established the Moses Sinkala Travel Scholarship. This annual award is designed to assist UAB students complete an international internship or research opportunity. Five (5) awards of $2,000 will be granted.

Please note that scholarships may not be applied towards field courses, study away opportunities, or programs which require students to pay a fee for placement. Only UAB students in good academic standing may apply. Any UAB student is eligible for this scholarship. 

Interested parties need to submit the following:

  • Complete Application
  • Transcript (Unofficial Copy can be obtained from Blazernet)
  • Project Proposal

*Project Proposal*

  • Synopsis of your background. Please include the intent of your project, goals, and a brief description of why you selected this topic of study
  • The name, phone number, and email of your contact abroad
  • Organizations or projects with whom you will be collaborating
  • Please state if the project requires UAB's Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval? If so, include a description of the review process for planned research
  • Budget specifying your total cost for this endeavor. Please include airfare, room, board, visas, immunizations, etc.

The proposal should not exceed 5 pages, double-spaced.



 For details on the impact of the Moses Sinkala Travel Scholarship, please view the recipients' Sparkman Spotlight below:

Sparkman Center Spotlight: Reshmi Mukerji - TB Treatment and Social Stigma in Kolkata, India

Sparkman Center Spotlight: Marissa Swanson - Reducing childhood injury through community based psychosocial interventions in rural Uganda

Sparkman Center Spotlight: Renata Hocking - Prevalence of active Schistosoma haematobium infection at the time of delivery in Cameroon



How to Apply

Application period is open for the Moses Sinkala Endowed Scholarship. Applications will be open January 23, 2019 and will remain open until the end of February 2019. 

Moses Sinkala Endowed Scholarship

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