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Application deadline: May 11, 2018 The African Postdoctoral Training Initiative is a partnership of the African Academy of Sciences, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the U.S. National Institutes of Health The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering under the auspices of the Coalition of African Research & Innovation (CARI) to establish a postdoctoral training fellowship program, the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI).  Training will be at a world class institute, the intramural laboratories of NIH.APTI fellows will train in a global health research area of priority for their home institutions and countries, and AAS, BMGF and NIH, while building bridges and lasting connections between the partner organizations and African scientists and institutions. While at the NIH, the fellows must be on leave or sabbatical from their

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) announced on March 14, 2018 two mobility funds – the Science and Language Mobility Scheme Africa and the Africa India Mobility Fund (AIMF), to encourage collaboration between African researchers and African and Indian researchers, respectively.The funding totals an investment of close to US$500,000, providing travel grants for short term visits to about 100 researchers from African and Indian universities and research institutes. At the AAS, the schemes will be implemented through the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA).The Africa- India Mobility Fund is accepting applications for travel grants from researchers from Africa and India. The programme, which is a partnership of African Academy of Sciences, the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance and Wellcome, will fund short-term visits of up to three months for researchers to travel in either direction. Funding will be

Deadline: April 30, 2018   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. For purposes of this call, “bioeconomy” is defined activities that make use of bio-innovations, and are based on biological sources, materials and processes to generate sustainable economic, social and environmental development. The fellowship has unique elements that focus on both technical research and leadership skills development.   Applications are welcome for such topic areas as:   • Technological and non-technological exploitation of natural resources such as animals, plant biodiversity, micro-organisms and minerals to improve human health, address food security, and subsequently to contribute to economic growth and improved quality of life. • Ecological issues and climate change as influencers, promoters, and inhibitors of bioeconomic advancement. • The politics of

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

Deadline: March 16,  2018 The Economics of Tobacco Control (ETC) Project is based in the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. The Project does research on a variety of aspects related to the economics of tobacco control, including the following: estimation of price elasticities of tobacco products, the role of the excise tax structure and level on consumption, the response by the tobacco industry to tax and legislative changes, the size of the illicit market and ways to curb illicit tobacco. The Project comprises about ten researchers and a number of support staff. The website of the ETC project can be found at www.tobaccoecon.uct.ac.za. Attached to the ETC Project, is the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub on Tobacco Taxation and Elimination of Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. The

Deadline: April 15, 2018BackgroundThe 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

Two CARTA graduates Francis Fagbamigbe Adeniyi (Cohort 2) and Charles Drago Kato (Cohort 3) are among 25 early career scientists named in the prestigious African Academy of Sciences (AAS) Affiliates Program.The program recognizes exceptional young African scientists who are below 40 years, and is currently in its third cohort. AAS, a pan African organisation headquartered in Kenya, described this round of selection as being “the most competitive pool yet with an overwhelming number of nominations from across the five regions of the continent.” AAS aims to drive sustainable development in Africa through science technology and innovation.The 25 scientists will be supported to attend conferences, symposia and workshops and other activities that will improve their skills in proposal development, grant writing and pitching innovations, improve their publication records and ensure that their research impacts their communities from 2018 to 2022.“We welcome the new

[caption id="attachment_6375" align="alignleft" width="367"] Prof. Peter Mbithi on 1 February at the University of Nairobi Graduate School stand during the Open Day. PHOTO/EKILONZO[/caption]Prof. Peter Mbithi, the vice chancellor of the University of Nairobi, has lauded CARTA for her continued commitment and partnership to improve the quality of postgraduate training not only at the institution but in the continent.Prof. Mbithi said he was looking forward to further engagement with the consortium in the year. He spoke on 1 February, 2018 during the 8th University of Nairobi (UoN) Open Day at the Great Court, Main Campus.CARTA participated in the three-day (1-3 February, 2018) event at the University and was represented by Communications Officer, Eunice Kilonzo, shared information on the postgraduate opportunities and trainings available to prospective students, general public, guardians and other stakeholders within CARTA and in the partner institutions.Ms Kilonzo showcased the