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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

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

Providence Jepchirchir Kiptoo, a cohort 3 CARTA fellow, has been awarded a research grant of seven hundred thousand Kenya shillings by the Kenyan-based National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) towards her PhD research proposal. Providence is a lecturer and CARTA fellow at the Department of Environmental Health, Moi University, Kenya. Her research project is titled “Assessment of Pre and Post-natal Atrazine exposure to male babies aged 0-24 months born of mothers living in Uasin - Gishu County, Western Kenya”. Her supervisors, Professors Peter Maina Gatongi and Odipo Osano who are based at Moi University spoke highly of the research work that Providence is doing and it’s potential to influence health policy both at County and National government. Professor Gatongi, a participant at CARTA’s Research Supervisor Training held in 2013 indicated that such trainings promote the capacity of university’s academic

A Doctor of Philosophy, which most people know as a PhD, is the highest academic accolade. It demands a substantial investment of time, equipment, meticulous supervision and conscientiousness.More and more students are registering for doctoral studies across Africa. They’re doing so in pursuit of higher qualifications and better future career opportunities. But many are left floundering when they try to actually get working on their PhDs. Masters’ programmes simply don’t equip students with the research skills they need, nor the conceptual thinking and critical analysis that’s so important for PhD study.So what is holding Africa’s PhD candidates back and what can be done differently? To answer these questions, I’ve drawn from lessons learnt while working with a group of fellows in the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA). This is a consortium of nine African public universities that

Nillian Ayuma Mukungu, a cohort 4 CARTA fellow, has won one million Kenya shillings research grant from Kenya's National Commission for Science Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI). Nillian is a lecturer and CARTA fellow at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi. Her research project is titled “Ethnopharmacology of anti-malarial plants used among the Luhya community of Western Kenya”. “I am greatly honored, humbled and excited to be awarded the 2015/2016 Financial Year NACOSTI PhD grant,” said Ms. Mukungu. “This is my first ever research grant and I look forward to writing more grant winning research proposals in future.” This was competitive grant open to all postgraduates across all universities in Kenya by NACOSTI. This is in line with the mandate of NACOSTI which is to effectively advise, promote, coordinate, regulate and assure quality in the Science, Technology and Innovation Sector. “This grant was