May 2016

Nillian Ayuma Mukungu, a cohort 4 CARTA fellow, has won one million Kenya shillings research grant from Kenya's National Commission for Science Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI). Nillian is a lecturer and CARTA fellow at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi. Her research project is titled “Ethnopharmacology of anti-malarial plants used among the Luhya community of Western Kenya”. “I am greatly honored, humbled and excited to be awarded the 2015/2016 Financial Year NACOSTI PhD grant,” said Ms. Mukungu. “This is my first ever research grant and I look forward to writing more grant winning research proposals in future.” This was competitive grant open to all postgraduates across all universities in Kenya by NACOSTI. This is in line with the mandate of NACOSTI which is to effectively advise, promote, coordinate, regulate and assure quality in the Science, Technology and Innovation Sector. “This grant was

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa has brought together key stakeholders and partners to conduct a review of some of its training curriculum. Drawn from CARTA management and staff, CARTA focal points at participating institutions, CARTA’s northern partners, CARTA’s facilitators and fellows, the participants are convening for a four-day meeting in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.[caption id="attachment_3572" align="alignnone" width="900"] Prof. Sharon Fonn demonstrates a process to Dr. Alex Ezeh at the curriculum review meeting[/caption] The curriculum under review during this meeting will be that for CARTA’s innovative Joint Advanced Seminars (JASes) and Faculty and Administrators Staff workshop. The review should yield refreshed curriculum that is administered by CARTA.[caption id="attachment_3571" align="alignnone" width="900"] A group session at the curriculum review[/caption]

CARTA fellows and graduates who are registered at the University of Witwatersrand met for a get together on Thursday, May 26, 2016. The fellows were joined by Prof. Sharon Fonn, CARTA co-director. "It is the normal job of the focal points to keep track of the fellows  and also set up a connection between different cohorts," said Prof. Fonn. This meeting presented an opportunity for senior fellows to share their experiences with the newer fellows and graduates. It also served as an important platform for the entire group of CARTA fellows to update each other on the status of their research, swop stories and socialise. "Thank you for a lovely and informative evening," said Nomfundo Moroe, Cohort 6 fellow. "It's always comforting to share our successes and challenges with people who understand the journey we are on."

What is the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program? The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) is a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions. Offered by IIE in partnership with the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa), the program is funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY). In the first two years of the program, the CADFP supported 110 short-term faculty fellowships for African-born academics. In October 2015, additional funding was secured from CCNY to support up to 140 fellowships. The program exemplifies CCNY's enduring commitment to higher education in Africa. IIE manages and administers the program, including applications, project requests and fellowships. USIU-Africa provides strategic direction through Dr. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza and an Advisory Council he chairs. Learn more about the program Who can participate? African-born academics currently living in the United States and Canada and

Building on its goal to secure the future and foster the career growth of its high-achieving graduates, the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) will offer up to 5 re-entry grants in 2016 to its fellows who have completed their PhD studies1. CARTA re-entry grants aim to support fellows returning to or remaining at their own institutions to start a research project.  Re-entry grants will be awarded on a competitive basis taking into consideration the scientific quality ofthe proposed research, its potential to lead to larger research programme, appropriate exchanges to network and learn specific skills or techniques, and involvement of a multidisciplinary team. Eligibility    Applicants for this program must be CARTA graduates teaching or and conducting research at one of the African CARTA partner-institutions. Evaluation criteria Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:The scientific merit  and quality of the proposed

Building on its goal to secure the future and foster the career growth of its high-achieving graduates, the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) will offer up to 5 one-year postdoctoral fellowships in 2016 for its fellows who have completed their PhD studies1. CARTA postdoctoral fellowships offer its PhD graduates the opportunity to build specific skills, expand their networks, encounter research leadership and role models, receive strong mentoring and learn the demands of community/public engagement.  The  fellowships  will  be  awarded  for  a  maximum  of  12  months  and  are  tenable  at  any  African  CARTA partner-institution or associated research institutes, including INDEPTH Network Centres. Eligibility Applicants must be PhD graduates of the CARTA program. They must demonstrate strong commitment to research capacity building at their institutions as well as potential for research leadership. Evaluation criteria Candidates will be selected on the basis of their