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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

Dates: September 26 - 30 , 2016 Venue: NairobiWorkshop aim To equip post-doctoral early career researchers and other researchers to develop a successful and substantial proposal for a personal award to support their research or a research grant or large project that they will lead.Workshop learning objectivesTo write a proposal that addresses a research question that is in the participant’s area of expertise and that they want to answer To understand how to structure and write the proposal including literature review, methodology, methods including analysis plans, and impact plans To understand the process of developing a research proposal including identifying funding sources, tailoring proposal to funding sources, drawing on expertise, developing a budget, management plan and dissemination strategy. To seek and receive critique of research ideas and plans and to integrate feedback into a proposal To successfully work to a

African research teams in Ivory Coast, Kenya, Senegal and Uganda have been awarded significant support to conduct world-class health research and train the future generation of the continent’s scientists. The Wellcome Trust has committed a further £21 million to the DELTAS Africa initiative, which aims to improve health in Africa through research driven by the most urgent regional challenges. The four new research programmes will address a range of health needs, from emerging infectious diseases to neonatal health, population health and elimination of malaria. All four are committed to training the next generation of researchers through programmes that support women in science, create opportunities for masters, doctoral and post-doctoral candidates and provide mentorship. A team specialising in generating evidence about what strategies are effective for strengthening research in lower and middle-income countries will work alongside the DELTAS Africa initiative programmes. The Learning Research Programme

Background The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is an initiative of nine 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 them in

Most sincere thanks to CARTA for the support during my six week stay at the University of Warwick, under the supervision of Prof. Frances Griffiths. I visited with Prof. Griffiths to perform a systematic literature review as part of my research methodology. I’m currently registered with the University of Malawi's College of Medicine. My PhD research is embedded in the Majete Malaria Project (MMP). MMP is a collaboration of African Parks with Wageningen University, Amsterdam Medical Centre and University of Malawi’s College of Medicine, to set up a community-driven malaria prevention intervention study in a low income community surrounding a wild life reserve. I will be assessing the social implications of the intervention with regards to health behaviour and changes in socio-economic indicators.My time at Warwick was an incredibly fruitful experience in terms of getting me to think more critically