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One Health MSc and MPH One Health research fellowships to postgraduate students


ONE HEALTH RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR POST-GRADUATE STUDENTS

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

BACKGROUND


The One Health Workforce Project (OHW) was conceived in November 2014 by One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) with the aim of strengthening capacity among pre-service and in-service personnel to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats. The focus of the current project implemented in One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) institutions is on strengthening the training and educational programs using a trans-disciplinary One Health Approaches. Universities are key pillars in effecting change that can increase capacity in future One Health Workforce (OHW) and forge partnerships with governments and communities to support decision-making through action research, analytic tools, and service work.

Call for Applications

We are delighted to announce a call for applications during 2016 – 2017 academic year for 26 MSc and MPH One Health research fellowships to postgraduate students who are already enrolled in graduate programs at SUA, MUHAS and in universities and are planning to engage in research for their dissertations from June 2016. Of the 26 scholarships to be awarded, 17 will be allocated to Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) while nine (9) to Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). Under this scholarship scheme, selected students will be supported to carry out One Health (OH) related research, with a bias towards disease detection, prevention and outbreak response or relevant to global health security agenda. Applicants will be encouraged to conduct research in KilosaOne Health demonstration site (KDS) or any of the PREDICT existing sites. 

Eligibility

i. MSc or MPH students currently pursuing course work in disciplines addressing One Health Approach.

ii. Highly motivated individuals to develop a scientific career and capability to practice using One  Health Approaches as demonstrated in OH related courses undertaken.

iii. Interested in undertaking research relevant to One Health and Eco-health Approaches.

iv. Full time availability to engage in research from June 2016 resulting in a dissertation in the proposed research area. The research should preferably be completed by November 2016.

v. Willingness to work in a team and a strong ambition to accomplish the research goals of OHCEA OHW project.

vi. Good academic track records /transcripts.

vii. Excellent communication skills.

viii. Good command of spoken and written English.

Focus areas Research topics must be One Health related and would include but not limited to the following regional research priorities:

i. Infectious disease investigation, prevention, early detection and outbreak response

ii. Emerging diseases (trans-boundary diseases, early detection)

iii. Emerging health challenges (Anti microbial resistance and non-diseases)

iv. Food safety and nutrition

v. Climate change/ disaster preparedness

vi. Health Policy that addresses the One Health agenda

vii. Health financing

viii. Occupational health and safety

ix. Endemic Diseases and early detection

x. Gender and infectious diseases

Responsibilities and Financial matters

This fellowship comes with a ceiling of equivalent of US$ 5,000 per applicant to cover research costs only.

These costs may include transport, field work expenses, laboratory work, stationery, report writing and dissemination. The progress of the fellows’ work will be evaluated jointly with their supervisors after every three (3) months or as will be deemed necessary by the Supervisors and/ or the Project
Coordinators. It is expected that each of the fellows will publish at least one paper relevant to One Health or Eco-Health from his/her research work in International peer reviewed journals.

How to apply

Potential candidates are hereby invited to submit an application letter, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts and certificates, 2 names of academic referees with at least one of them being the immediate work supervisors, and a two page concept note for the proposed research. The concept note should contain an outline of the rationale for the proposed study, objectives, methodological approach and expected output. Application dossiers both in hard and soft copy MUST reach the Deans and focal persons in the respective Institutions by 10th April 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by 30th April 2016 after which they will be invited to develop full-fledged proposals and accompanying budgets that can lead them to carry our research and write dissertation in line with guidelines in respective Universities.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply. The positions are only available to applicants from Tanzania currently pursuing postgraduate studies at either SUA or MUHAS.

Applications should be submitted to the Deans and focal persons in respective institutions whose contact details are shown below:

1. The Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine; E-mail: deanfvm@suanet.ac.tz for 17 positions available at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FVM). The application documents should be copied to Prof. Robinson Mdegela; E-mail: rmdegela2012@gmail.com

2. The Dean, School of Public Health and Social Sciences; E-mail: durassa2@yahoo.co.uk for 9 positions available at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS),. The application documents should be copied to Prof. Japhet Killewo; E-mail: jkillewo@yahoo.co.uk3

Further Contacts
More information on the project details can be obtained from:

1. Professor Robinson Mdegela
OHCEA University Focal Person
Department of Veterinary Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Sokoine University of Agriculture
P. O. Box 3021, Morogoro, Tanzania
Tel: +255 754 371 628
Email: rmdegela2012@gmail.com

2. Professor Japhet Killewo
OHCEA University Focal Person
School of Public Health and Social Sciences
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences
P. O. Box 65015 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Tel: 0754 853257
Email: jkillewo@yahoo.co.uk

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