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Swiss Government Excellence Research Scholarships for Foreign Scholars for the 2017–2018 Academic YearThe research scholarship is available to post-graduate researchers in any discipline who are planning to come to Switzerland to pursue research or further studies at doctoral or post-doctoral level.Research scholarships are awarded for research or study at all Swiss cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences and the two federal institutes of technology. Only candidates nominated by an academic mentor at one of these higher education institutions will be considered.Please see the following link for further details:www.sbfi.admin.ch/scholarships_eng

     BackgroundThe 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 them in the

Sanitation and Fecal Waste Management in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania Deadline: April 15, 2017 The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is implementing a project that aims to improve and expand implementation and resourcing of national sanitation policies in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, with a specific focus on human fecal waste management in urban areas. To contribute to the evidence generation and knowledge translation built into this project, APHRC is pleased to announce a call for applications to support three Master’s and three doctoral students from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The award of these fellowships is contingent on funding availability. More details about the fellowships are provided in the Call for Applications.The application form and supporting documents (attached) must be submitted via email at 2017addrf@aphrc.org by April 15, 2017 (11:59pm, Nairobi time).Questions can be addressed to the ADDRF Manager using the

Senior officials from the Swedish Research Council and Sida visited the APHRC campus on January 25, for the official signing of a new grant agreement of over SEK 71.1 Million to support the CARTA program from 2017–2021. The visit was part of the council’s science advisory board official trips to Sida’s funded programs in Kenya, with special interest in how their continued funding is contributing to development.As part of their focus on innovation, Sida officials highlighted their key funding priorities, in relation to the renewed funding to the CARTA program. These include the need for increased capacity of developing countries to conduct research, support for regional and global programs centered on development, how technical, scientific and social innovations can be scaled up and ensuring Swedish scientists are also researching globally relevant issues.In his address to the team, APHRC Executive Director

By Henry Zakumumpa Published by the Daily Monitor, distributed by allAfrica.com Mid-last month, I was invited by the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism in Uganda to make a presentation on our three-year research examining the sustainability of HIV treatment programmes in health facilities in Uganda. Immediately after my presentation, I was inundated with calls to disseminate the study findings to a broader audience. And here is why. Over the past three years, there have been 'game changers' on the global scene regarding HIV treatment eligibility. In 2014, UNAIDS unveiled the ambitious 90-90-90 targets apart of which aim at enrolling 90 per cent of those with HIV on sustained antiretroviral treatment(ART) by 2020. In November 2015, The World Health Organization (WHO) announced new treatment guidelines recommending that all diagnosed with HIV be enrolled on ART regardless of disease stage. Even prior to this 'test and

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is inviting CARTA fellows from the Eastern Africa region to apply for PhD scholarships. The long-term impacts of the scholarships are: strengthening teaching and research at higher education institutions in Eastern Africa region, solving development issues in the region and strengthening universities, research institutes and research networks in Eastern Africa, and contributing to the establishment of regional networks between these institutions. This is in line with CARTA’s objective of producing a critical mass of high-quality graduates trained to address complex issues surrounding health and development in Africa, retain them in the region, and provide them a vibrant intellectual environment as well as viable and challenging research and growth opportunities. Funding is generally granted for a period of 3 years.EligibilityApplicants must be CARTA fellows in the Eastern Africa region. Applications are only open to