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Applications are open for the following three opportunities:CARTA Senior Faculty Visiting FellowshipsCARTA Postdoctoral FellowshipsCARTA Re-entry grantsPlease note the above opportunities are ONLY open to staff from a CARTA African partner institution, African partners research institutions, Board of Management or a CARTA graduate.Deadline for the three calls: September 15, 2019Submit applications to carta_fellowships@aphrc.org 

Costing research accurately is as much about winning today's grants as it is about long-term, sustainable think tanks. The ESSENCE on Health Research, an initiative that allows donors/funders to identify synergies, establish coherence and increase the value of resources and action for health research, is conducting a survey on research costing.ESSENCE on Health Research has led several innovative approaches to achieve harmonization and optimization of research funding, including the development of a good practice document series. One such output, the Five Keys to improving Research Costing in LMICs (‘the Five Keys’), has become a valuable resource for funders and research institutions since it was published in 2012. The Five Keys describes the research costing practices, particularly related to indirect costs, of funders and research institutions using case studies. The Five Keys document has also created a platform for funders and institutions to

[caption id="attachment_7353" align="alignleft" width="300"] Anne Khisa[/caption]Anne Khisa our Cohort Three Fellow in partnership with the Centre for Capacity Research at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, have developed new guidance on improving research capacity strengthening (RCS) evaluation practice.The project seeks to address the gap of very little evidence to help funders and program implementers to design ways of measuring RCS impact, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.The paper titled, A Framework and Indicators to Improve Research Capacity Strengthening Evaluation Practice, was published on June 14, 2019. The other authors are Evelyn Gitau, Director Research Capacity Strengthening at APHRC, Justin Pulford and Imelda Bates both of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Centre for Capacity Research.Anne, who is a doctoral graduate from the University of Nairobi, was part of the seven-month project that also identified indicators to better direct current and future research capacity strengthening

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The University of Rwanda (UR) co-hosted the third CARTA vice chancellors meeting that brought together heads of CARTA partner universities, research institutions on April 26.Also invited to the one-day meeting were vice chancellors of 13 African universities in Southern, Eastern and West Africa who were in Kigali for the annual African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) meeting. ARUA is a network of universities that pursue a common goal of enhancing research and graduate training in member universities.The meeting offered a forum for the participating heads of institutions to pledge their commitment to advance research and graduate training in Africa.

[caption id="attachment_7219" align="alignleft" width="344"] Dr. Elwyn Chomba, Ministry Community Development Mother and Child Health of Zambia, leads the discussion by the country team 02 at "African Leadership for Child Survival" held at African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Friday, 18 January 2013. Photo by Jiro Ose/Unicef[/caption]The African Academy for Sciences (The AAS) and the African Institute for Policy Development (AFIDEP) launched a two-year programme to promote the systematic use of evidence in policymaking in Africa.The Evidence Leaders in Africa (ELA) programme will enhance the evidence-gathering and analysis skills of researchers from across the Continent and empower them to take a leading role in ensuring that the innovations and evidence they produce are relevant to and used in decision making.“Beyond this, we want scientists to become engaged with the policy making processes within African governments and help to champion a culture where

The call for application for the CARTA PhD Fellowships 2019/2020 is now open. During the 2019/2020 academic year, the CARTA program is planning to offer up to 25 PhD fellowships.The fellowship, which is open only to staff at one of the participating African universities (complete list below), includes the cost of fellows’ participation in the advanced seminars; a modest monthly stipend; small grants for research activities; a laptop loaded with relevant software; funds for travel to conferences, as well as costs for participating in joint program activities. The fellowship runs for a maximum of four years.Deadline: April 30, 2019The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is an initiative of eight African universities, four African research institutes, and select Non-African partners. CARTA offers an innovative model for doctoral training in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen the capacity of participating institutions to

The International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) is seeking early career researchers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia to produce policy-relevant evidence on family planning and fertility in cities and towns and their links to urban welfare.To qualify for the second round of fellowships, you must have obtained your PhD within the past ten years, you are interested in studying the links between urban development, reproductive health and fertility. This project aims to link the fields of family planning, fertility and population change with the field of urban development, to create a cadre of fellows with expertise in those areas, and to produce high-quality evidence relevant to policy issues in urban development.Interested applicants should submit a 2-page concept on their proposed research project by April 15, 2019. (The online portal is expected to open around March 15). These