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The Future Africa Institute at the University of Pretoria is excited to announce a new Early Career Research Fellowship.The fellowship will support the development of young research leaders who can drive transdisciplinary research programs focused on the African Bioeconomy. The fellowship has unique elements that focus on both technical research and leadership skills development.The topic is linked to several aspects of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the AU Agenda 2063 goals. We would welcome research proposals exploring all aspects linked to the development of a Bioeconomy - from the technical and non-technical use and management of biological resources for food, health and development, to the politics, economics or human and social science perspectives on it.You can apply here:www.futureafrica.science/ecrlfFor further assistance contact Amelia Cilliers. Tel: (+2712) 420 6183 Email: amelia.cilliers@up.ac.za

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) 2nd Vice Chancellors’ meeting is scheduled for July 10-11, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting will be hosted by the University of Nairobi and will bring together Vice Chancellors from CARTA’s African partner universities, heads of CARTA’s partner research institutions as well as representatives from CARTA’s Northern partner institutions. Selected funders, representatives from Ministry of Higher Education and the Commission for University Education (CUE) will also participate in the two-day meeting.Since 2008, CARTA has been pursuing the goal of re-launching African universities as central actors in the production of rigorous high-quality research for Africa’s development. The African-led nature of CARTA and its focus on sustainable, measurable changes in research capacity and output are in tandem with the current emphasis on home grown and intellectually sound solutions to the problem of sustainable

CARTA GRADUATE WORKSHOP 2017 Dates: September 25 – 29, 2017 Venue: Nairobi, Kenya Workshop aimTo 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

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 2017 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