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Deadline: March 16,  2018 The Economics of Tobacco Control (ETC) Project is based in the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. The Project does research on a variety of aspects related to the economics of tobacco control, including the following: estimation of price elasticities of tobacco products, the role of the excise tax structure and level on consumption, the response by the tobacco industry to tax and legislative changes, the size of the illicit market and ways to curb illicit tobacco. The Project comprises about ten researchers and a number of support staff. The website of the ETC project can be found at www.tobaccoecon.uct.ac.za. Attached to the ETC Project, is the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub on Tobacco Taxation and Elimination of Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. The

Deadline: April 15, 2018CARTA is pleased to invite her PhD graduates to apply for the prestigious 12-month postdoctoral fellowships. The fellowship provides an opportunity for a graduate to build and expand their networks, get exposure to research intensive environments, experience different forms of research leadership and role models, receive strong mentoring and learn the demands of community and public engagement.These fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis taking into consideration the academic achievements, research ability or potential, proposed activities during the postdoctoral fellowship period and demonstrated evidence of professional support and mentorship from the home and host institutions.The fellowships, awarded for a maximum of 12 months, are tenable at any CARTA partner-institution or associated research institutes, including INDEPTH Network Centers. Where necessary, split placements with return to the home institutions will be allowed. CARTA is hereby inviting applications from eligible CARTA graduates.Eligibility:Applicants must be CARTA graduates teaching and/or conducting research at one of the African CARTA partner-institutions who completed their PhD within 60 months, attended all Joint Advanced Seminars, handed in all required reports

Deadline: April 15, 2018.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 (Wits). The Consortium was established with a mandate to build a vibrant African academy able to lead world-class multi-disciplinary research that impacts on population health in Africa.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 re-entry grants in 2018 to its fellows who have completed their PhD studies 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 of the

Deadline: April 15, 2018BackgroundThe Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is an initiative of eight African universities, four African research institutes, and select northern partners. CARTA offers an innovative model for doctoral training in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen the capacity of participating institutions to conduct and lead internationally-competitive research.The multi-disciplinary CARTA program is open to staff of participating institutions who are interested in conducting their PhD research on topics relevant to the broad fields of public and population health. We welcome applications from any discipline, such as public health, demography, anthropology, communication, and economics, among others, as long as the research question aims to contribute to public and population health issues in Africa.Over the medium-term, CARTA aims to produce a critical mass of high-quality graduates trained to address the complex issues surrounding health and development in Africa, retain

Two CARTA graduates Francis Fagbamigbe Adeniyi (Cohort 2) and Charles Drago Kato (Cohort 3) are among 25 early career scientists named in the prestigious African Academy of Sciences (AAS) Affiliates Program.The program recognizes exceptional young African scientists who are below 40 years, and is currently in its third cohort. AAS, a pan African organisation headquartered in Kenya, described this round of selection as being “the most competitive pool yet with an overwhelming number of nominations from across the five regions of the continent.” AAS aims to drive sustainable development in Africa through science technology and innovation.The 25 scientists will be supported to attend conferences, symposia and workshops and other activities that will improve their skills in proposal development, grant writing and pitching innovations, improve their publication records and ensure that their research impacts their communities from 2018 to 2022.“We welcome the new

[caption id="attachment_6375" align="alignleft" width="367"] Prof. Peter Mbithi on 1 February at the University of Nairobi Graduate School stand during the Open Day. PHOTO/EKILONZO[/caption]Prof. Peter Mbithi, the vice chancellor of the University of Nairobi, has lauded CARTA for her continued commitment and partnership to improve the quality of postgraduate training not only at the institution but in the continent.Prof. Mbithi said he was looking forward to further engagement with the consortium in the year. He spoke on 1 February, 2018 during the 8th University of Nairobi (UoN) Open Day at the Great Court, Main Campus.CARTA participated in the three-day (1-3 February, 2018) event at the University and was represented by Communications Officer, Eunice Kilonzo, shared information on the postgraduate opportunities and trainings available to prospective students, general public, guardians and other stakeholders within CARTA and in the partner institutions.Ms Kilonzo showcased the