Doctoral and post-doctoral training

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This program focuses on reforming higher education in Africa by helping universities develop exciting environments for academic and research pursuits and supporting promising African scholars at affiliated universities to obtain high-quality doctoral training in public and population health-related fields.

  • The Joint Advanced Seminars: Central to the training of fellows is a series of residential Joint Advanced Seminars (JAS). The seminars are designed to enhance the fellows’ skills and knowledge, guide them through the research process, and provide them a foundation for building networks of researchers, peers, and mentors. The JAS are offered four times  and brings together cohorts of doctoral fellows to discuss their research and engage in critical self-reflection. The formal trainings during JAS are complemented by inter-JAS activities that encourage fellows to stay connected and engage with peers and mentors as part of an online community of practice and graduate in a timely manner.

Specific JAS topics include:

Doctoral and Post-doctoral Training

JAS 1:

Doctoral and Post-doctoral Training

Focuses on critical thinking, technical skills, and other core research competencies, and introduces students to the essential concepts and seminal articles in their disciplines.

JAS 2:

Doctoral and Post-doctoral Training

Focuses on data management and analysis. Fellows learn to use software packages for qualitative and quantitative data management and analyses. Practice sessions use real research data and current software packages for hands-on training. It includes regular methodology clinics to respond to individual needs of fellows and to strengthen specific areas where they feel deficient or address specific challenges they are facing in their research.

JAS 3:

Doctoral and Post-doctoral Training

Focuses on data presentation, the doctoral dissertation, and scientific writing and communication skills.

JAS 4:

Doctoral and Post-doctoral Training

Focuses professional development including fundraising, grant writing, management of research funds, research management, course development, management of large class sizes, and supervision of graduate students. JAS-4 also provides an opportunity for senior fellows to practice mentoring of junior fellows through discussion and laboratory sessions, software training, and general information sharing