Deadline: November 30, 2018.   The School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, under the direction of Dr Jude Igumbor, is seeking two postdoctoral fellows to head scientific writing of several completed and ongoing health system research projects with a focus on women, adolescents, children, and HIV/TB. The fellows will work closely with the Principal Investigator to produce manuscripts and grant applications and will have the opportunity to assume the first-author position on manuscripts. An advanced research or clinical degree is required for this position. Individuals may have a PhD in Public Health, Population Studies, Demography or related fields. Applicants must have a demonstrated track record of being primary author on peer-reviewed scientific publications and must have excellent scientific writing skills and data analysis abilities using Stata. Experience in HIV, TB, women, children and adolescents health research is required. This is a full-time position

CARTA in partnership with the Africa Center of Excellence in Public Health and Herbal Medicine (ACEPHEM) of the University of Malawi brought together 65 participants from Malawi, Kenya and Zambia for the Institutional-based Supervision Workshop in Malawi.The five-day hands-on and interactive training from July 23-27, 2018 provided a platform to discuss the status of research and doctoral training in Africa. It was also an opportunity to identify and critique different models of PhD supervision, exploration of the roles of supervisors, supervisees and the institution in the different phases of the PhD journey.This workshop was led by five facilitators—Peter Ngure (CARTA), Florah Karimi (CARTA), David Kariuki (University of Nairobi, Bernard Thole (University of Malawi), Lydia Njenga (University of Nairobi), Adamson Muula (University of Malawi), and Ademola Ajuwon (University of Ibadan).This is the second such workshop on capacity building for postgraduate supervisors.

NAIROBI, KENYA--Ten CARTA fellows and secretariat staff participated in the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI), workshop at the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) in Nairobi, Kenya from June 3-9, 2018. The theme was “Health and Social Change in Africa.”The two conveners were Blessing Mberu (APHRC) and Daniel Jordan Smith (Brown University).According to the facilitators, social changes sweeping sub-Saharan Africa are having dramatic effects on human health. For example, demographic processes such as declining fertility, rapid rural-to-urban migration, and increased longevity significantly influence patterns of risk and the burden of disease. In addition, they place new demands on health systems and infrastructure. 

[caption id="attachment_6061" align="alignleft" width="300"] Olusola Oluyinka Olawoye, CARTA cohort 7 fellow from the University of Ibadan.[/caption]Olusola Oluyinka Olawoye, CARTA cohort 7 fellow, is part of a research team from the University of Ibadan that has won the H3 Africa National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant worth USD$3.68million.The grant, for a collaborative research project titled Eyes of Africa: the genetics of blindness, will be carried out in Nigeria, Gambia, Malawi and South Africa for a 5 year period.The grant will study the genetics of blindness with a focus on Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG) in Sub-Saharan Africa. POAG is one of the leading preventable causes of blindness in the world, it is a condition that leads to optic nerve damage and possible irreversible visual loss. Progression of this optic nerve damage can usually be halted with treatment but cannot be

Deadline: 17 November 2017Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Completion FellowshipThe Social Science Research Council offers fellowships to support the completion of doctoral degrees and to promote next generation social science research in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The fellowships support dissertation research on peace, security, and development topics.The doctoral dissertation completion fellowship supports a one-year leave from teaching responsibilities and a stipend up to US$15,000 to permit the completion of a dissertation that advances research on peace, security, and development topics.Eligibility:All applicants must:be citizens of and reside in a sub-Saharan African country hold a master’s degree be enrolled in a PhD program at an accredited university in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda be in the final year of writing and have completed at least one dissertation chapter As of May

Prof. Peter Mbithi, vice chancellor of the University of Nairobi, hosted the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) 2nd Vice Chancellors’ meeting in July 10-11, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The summit brought together eight vice chancellors from CARTA’s African partner universities, three heads of CARTA’s partner research institutions as well as two representatives from CARTA’s Northern partner institutions.Also in attendance were representatives from the Kenyan Ministry of Higher Education, the Commission for University Education (CUE) and Ambassadors and Heads of foreign missions in Kenya from CARTA partners ‘countries. The CARTA Co-directors Prof. Sharon Fonn and Dr. Alex Ezeh led the CARTA secretariat.Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha, the Board Chair for the Commission for University Education (CUE) delivered the keynote address on behalf of the Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i.At the conference, members reinforced the resolve to advance Africa’s research and

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