Providence Jepchirchir Kiptoo, a cohort 3 CARTA fellow, has been awarded a research grant of seven hundred thousand Kenya shillings by the Kenyan-based National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) towards her PhD research proposal. Providence is a lecturer and CARTA fellow at the Department of Environmental Health, Moi University, Kenya. Her research project is titled “Assessment of Pre and Post-natal Atrazine exposure to male babies aged 0-24 months born of mothers living in Uasin - Gishu County, Western Kenya”. Her supervisors, Professors Peter Maina Gatongi and Odipo Osano who are based at Moi University spoke highly of the research work that Providence is doing and it’s potential to influence health policy both at County and National government. Professor Gatongi, a participant at CARTA’s Research Supervisor Training held in 2013 indicated that such trainings promote the capacity of university’s academic

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is a south-south partnership with a south-north collaboration jointly led by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and the University of the Witwatersrand. The Consortium was established in 2008 with a mandate to build a vibrant African academy able to lead world-class multi-disciplinary research that impacts on population health in Africa. CARTA wishes to support its African universities to mainstream and institutionalize its innovations into university programs and/or processes with a strong emphasis on documentation of the institutionalization process, impact and lessons learned. Institutionalization of CARTA innovations aims to build university capacity to become knowledge producers and train the next generation of African researchers by strengthening and sustaining high quality PhD training; and building research-supportive environments by implementing activities that support high-quality research and training ). CARTA is inviting proposals

The FNIH is calling for nominations to the 2017 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences. Now entering its fifth year, this prestigious medal and $100,000 honorarium are presented by the FNIH to an outstanding, young biomedical investigator. The prize is made possible by a generous gift from FNIH Board member Ann Lurie.Deadline: September 14, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. EDTApply: FNIH.org/LuriePrizeNomination Criteria:Nomination by a member of an accredited educational and/or scientific institution (No self-nominations). Candidates must be 52 or younger on January 1, 2017. Candidates may be nominated for achievements at any point in the research spectrum, from basic research to clinical trials.The FNIH will announce the winner in early 2017 and present the prize at the FNIH Award Ceremony on May 17, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Representatives from the National Institutes of Health, FNIH Board of Directors, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries,

Dear PAA Colleagues, The Call for Papers is available now for the 2017 PAA Annual Meeting (#PAA2017).  #PAA2017 will be held April 27 - 29 in Chicago, IL.  You can find the Call for Papers and other information on the PAA Website.Confex will accept submissions online beginning July 28, 2016. The deadline for submissions is September29, 2016.The PAA Board of Directors encourages broad participation in the Annual Meeting. If you would like to serve as a session Chair or Discussant at the 2017 Annual Meeting, please indicate your interest by filling out the interest form. To appear on the program, participants must register for the meeting. Registration information will be available later this fall.  Additional information about exhibits, book displays, and travel awards will also be available in the near future. Please check the PAA website throughout the year for updated meeting information. Thank you, PAA

A Doctor of Philosophy, which most people know as a PhD, is the highest academic accolade. It demands a substantial investment of time, equipment, meticulous supervision and conscientiousness.More and more students are registering for doctoral studies across Africa. They’re doing so in pursuit of higher qualifications and better future career opportunities. But many are left floundering when they try to actually get working on their PhDs. Masters’ programmes simply don’t equip students with the research skills they need, nor the conceptual thinking and critical analysis that’s so important for PhD study.So what is holding Africa’s PhD candidates back and what can be done differently? To answer these questions, I’ve drawn from lessons learnt while working with a group of fellows in the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA). This is a consortium of nine African public universities that

The TWAS Fellowships programme with over 470 PhD and 150 postdoctoral fellowships available annually in 10 developing countries with 19 programme partners is said to be the largest programme of its kind worldwide. The 2016 TWAS Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships call for applications in all fields of the Natural and Engineering Sciences is now open for majority of the programmes. For more details on eligibility criteria and to download the guidelines and application forms, see:http://www.scidev.net/global/content/announcements_notice.2F122DF5-88B5-4A28-8E2B954DF2B8D407.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=SciDevNewsletter&utm_campaign=international+SciDev.Net+update:+4+July+2016http://twas.org/opportunities/fellowshipsFor any queries, please contact fellowships@twas.org