3rd CARTA Graduate Workshop
The CARTA Graduate Workshop began today (25 September) and ends on Friday (29 September), in Nairobi at the Safari Park Hotel. The aim of the workshop is to equip post-doctoral early career researchers with key skills to develop grant-winning proposals.
Ten graduates from CARTA African partner universities and four PhD graduates from CARTA Northern partner institutions are at the workshop to work on their research ideas.
APHRC’s Director of Research Capacity Strengthening James Kisia gave the opening remarks of the workshop and urged the participants to work closely with the facilitators in the next five days.
“Seek and receive critique of your research ideas and plans and integrate these to your individual proposals,” he said.
Coordinator of the training Hakan Billig from the University of Gothenburg said this was not an ordinary workshop but one that will be highly participatory with the content coming from the researchers who will then be guided by the facilitators. Key facilitators of the workshop include Susan Bondy of the University of Toronto, Frances Griffiths from the University of Warwick, Elizabeth Dyke from the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, Violet Naanyu from Moi University, Chima Izugbara and Peter Ngure from APHRC.
Peter Ngure, CARTA program manager, said these workshops are important as “they provided CARTA graduates with protected time for writing competitive grants with the guidance of the experts. For instance, participants in the previous CARTA graduate workshops have won competitive research grants and we are hoping for more.”
He also gave an update of CARTA achievement such as the selection of 27 Cohort 8 fellows who will join in March 2018.
By the end of the workshop, the participants will receive feedback on their draft proposals from facilitators and external reviewers. After which their proposals will be ready for submission to funders.
Written by Eunice Kilonzo, CARTA Communications Officer