Jason granted award to study at Harvard

June 26 2015

BISHOPSTON is home to many talented and intellectual folk ... and Jason Sarfo-Annin is certainly one of them.

BISHOPSTON is home to many talented and intellectual folk ... and Jason Sarfo-Annin is certainly one of them.

That's because the “exceptional” doctor has just been granted the prestigious 'Nursten Postgraduate Award' to study public health at Harvard – one of the world's top-ranking universities.

He is the only person from the UK to receive the scholarship.

Jason, who was born and raised in East London, says that he is “incredibly honoured” to be selected as a scholar, and plans to better understand how universal healthcare – free at the point of use – can become sustainable in both high and low resource countries.

The award is part of the Fulbright Commission, which offers highly competitive grants for study or research, in any field, at accredited US or UK universities.

"I was surprised and incredibly honoured to be the first ever recipient of the Nursten Award,” said Jason, 28. “I'm really looking forward to my time in Boston as a Fulbright scholar due to the exceptional wealth of healthcare, management and policy knowledge at Harvard, and the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of US culture.

“I hope that I can use the knowledge I gained to make more meaningful contributions in healthcare that benefit patients.”

Jason, who studied medicine at the University of Oxford, will be undertaking a 'Master of Public Health' degree with a focus in Health Policy and Management.

Prior to receiving the award, he was listed in the top 30 future pioneers of Ghana, where he worked at the Ministry of Health, and has been highlighted as an “emerging leader” within healthcare.

Penny Egan, executive director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission said: "I know our 2015 cohort will do us great credit during their time in the US and beyond.

“Only exceptional scholars and students win Fulbright awards: one of the world's most competitive merit-based international scholarships."

The commission was founded by Senator J William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange.

Recipients of the award are deemed to be “future leaders of tomorrow”.

Scholars are selected through a rigorous application and interview process.

The commission not only looks for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, ambassadorial skills, and a desire to further the Fulbright programme.

Jason will be heading out to Boston mid-August to begin his studies in September.