Commonwealth Scholarships: Fellowships for mid-career academics for developing countries

The Commission supports mid-career academics from developing countries to spend periods of up to six months in a UK academic institution. These awards are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
In most cases, nominations are made through specific developing country universities, who are responsible for advertising the awards. In the case of Bangladesh and India, they are made by the Universities Grants Committee of the country concerned. Sri Lanka nominates through the Ministry of Education and Pakistan through the Higher Education Commission. Each year, the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission writes to each institution asking for a specific number of nominations to be sent to it by December 31st. Each institution is responsible for its own selection process, and in most cases will set a deadline date in the months preceding this. All applications should be made through a candidate's employing institution (or through the institutions listed in the case of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and you are advised to check with them before submitting an application to them in case they have eligibility criteria additional to the Commission’s own criteria or any specific advice on how to make an application.
Click here to see the list of Developing Commonwealth Universities/Institutions invited to nominate for Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowships in 2010 (PDF 107 KB)
Approximately 60-70 Fellowships are awarded each year.
Terms and Conditions and Eligibility
Full details of the terms and conditions of Commonwealth Fellowships are included in the Prospectus (please note in particular the eligibility criteria):
Click here for a Prospectus 2010 (PDF 261 KB)

Please note that there are additional requirements for awards involving Clinical training in Medicine and Dentistry.

Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:
• Academic merit of the candidate
• The quality of the proposal
• The likely impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country
For more details please see: Selection Criteria 2010 (PDF 109 KB)

Before making your application you are advised to have a look at the recently published DFID White Paper ‘Building our Common Future’ which can be viewed on the DFID Website at: http://www.dfid.gov.uk/

Making an Application
Once you have confirmed eligibility and application procedure with the appropriate nominating Institution and if instructed by them, please make an application through our Electronic Application System to be submitted to the Nominating Institution as directed.

Source: http://www.cscuk.org.uk/apply/academic_fellowships.asp

Alikufa na kuzikwa 2005... akutwa yupo hai 2009 Mwanza, Tanzania!

Habari hii imeripotiwa kwa kirefu toka Mwanza na Jovin Mihambi katika gazeti tando la majira.co.tz


...alipokuwa shule ya msingi


...wakati wa mazishi yake huko Sweya Nyegezi, Kata ya Mkolani


...akiwa katika Hospitali ya Bugando, wodi C-1 anakofanyiwa uchunguzi wa ugonjwa wa akili

"SIKUAMINI macho yangu baada ya kugundua mwanangu ambaye nilimuuguza katika hospitali ya Rufaa ya Bugando kuanzia Septemba 30 mwaka 2005 na baadaye kufariki dunia Oktoba 3, mwaka 2005, tukamzika baadaye ninakutana naye akiwa hai!" Hayo ni maneno ya Bi. Stella Joseph ambaye ni mama mzazi wa binti anayedaiwa kufariki na baadaye kukutwa shambani miaka minne baadaye, Bi. Juliana Gembe (pichani).

Akizungumza na Majira kwa uchungu, Bi. Joseph amesema kuwa binti yake alikuwa akisumbuliwa na ugonjwa wa malaria na alikuwa amelazwa katika wodi namba nane katika hospitali ya Rufaa ya Bugando jijini Mwanza. Baada ya binti yake kufariki dunia, uongozi wa hospitali ya Bugando ulitoa kibali cha mazishi chenye Nambari 0861800 cha Oktoba 3, 2005 na marehemu kuzikwa siku hiyo hiyo kwa kufuata utaratibu wote wa mazishi, na baba Paroko wa Parokia ya Mtakatifu Augustino, aliendesha ibada ya kumuombea marehemu. Mama huyo anasema hazikuwepo hisia wala imani zozote za kishirikina kwa sababu yeye ni mcha Mungu na kuwa anajali sana maombi, hata kuliko dawa za hospitali au mitishamba kwa ajili ya kuponya magonjwa mwilini. Anasema kuwa wakati akimuuguza mwanawe, mgonjwa huyo alikuwa akimwambia kuwa alikuwa anaona watu kadhaa wanafika kwa wingi kitandani mwake na kutaka kumchukua, na kuwa hata wakimchukua, atarudi tu na wala hawezi kuishi nao milele.

"Mama, naona watu wananisogelea kwa wingi kitandani hapa, eti wanataka kunichukua eti wanipeleke nikalime, ila mimi wakidhubutu kunipeleka, mie ni jeuri nitarudi tu muda wowote," alisikika binti huyo akimweleza mama yake maneno ambayo yamenukuliwa na mama huyo.

Akisimulia jinsi binti huyo alivyopatikana akiwa hai, Mjumbe wa CCM, Shina Nambari 5 Kitongoji cha Buhima, Malimbe-Nyegezi, Bw. Sadik Ramadhani, amesema kuwa mnamo Oktober 15, mwaka huu majira ya saa 10.00 jioni, alishtukia umati wa watu ukifika nyumbani kwake na kumweleza kuwa kwenye ubalozi wake ametokea kiumbe wa ajabu mwenye jinsi ya kike ambaye ni wa kutatanisha. Aliongozana na umati huo wa watu hadi mahali ambapo binti huyo alikuwa amekaa, huku akiwa akionekana kuchoka, kavalia matambala akiwa hawezi kuongea ila kwa ishala wakati alipokuwa akiulizwa kama anahitaji chakula. Alimchukua binti huyo hadi nyumbani kwake huku akiandamana na watu hao na kumpikia ugali ambao alikuwa anaumeza bila kutafuna. Wakati akimchunguza zaidi, aligundua kuwa ulimi wake ulikuwa ndani na hauonekana huku akiwa na meno mawili moja likiwa juu na lingine chini. Pia mgogoni mwake kulikuwa na michirizi kama ya mtu ambaye alikuwa akichapwa fimbo. Kwa muda mrefu alikuwa amefumba macho hata mtu akijaribu kumfumbua anayafumba tena, hali ambayo anaendelea nayo hata wakati huu akiwa katika wodi C-1 katika Hospitali ya Bugando akichunguzwa akili yake.

Bw. Sadiki amesema kuwa kadri watu walivyokuwa wakimininika kwenda kumwangalia, baadhi yao walimtambua kuwa ni binti ambaye alifariki mwaka 2005 na baadaye kuzikwa. Wengine ni wale ambao walikuwa wanasoma naye katika Shule ya Msingi, Nyamalango iliyoko Nyegezi, jijini Mwanza.

Dk. Rodrick Kabangira wa Hospitali ya Rufaa Bugando katika wodi C-1 inayolaza wagonjwa wenye matatizo ya akili, amesema kuwa ugonjwa alionao binti huyo, unatokana na mtu kuishi mbali na jamii na pia kuishi sehemu moja bila ya kuongea na mtu.

Naye Bw. Adina Sefania ambaye ni Mkuu wa Idara ya Afya, katika hospitali hiyo, alisema kuwa tayari idara yake ilishapokea matukio mawili ya aina hiyo.Amesema kuwa serikali, ilipotoa kibali cha kufufua kaburi hiyo, walikuta kisiki ndicho kilikuwa kimezikwa katika kaburi hiyo badala ya kukuta mifupa ya binadamu.

Mama mzazi wa binti huyo anasema alipokuchunguza alama zote alizokuwa nazo binti yake wakati wa uhai wake, alithibitisha kuwa ni mtoto wake ambaye alifariki mwaka 2005.

An update for those who were following the HIV/AIDS vaccine trials in Tanzania

Two weeks ago, a local Tanzanian Newspaper reported (in KiSwahili) what seemed to implicate that 'Tanzania has found an HIV/AIDS vaccine" (personal translation). The reporting was seen as a little bit too much 'flavoured' hence raising concern whether the reporting was correct or misleading. Some of the blog readers commented here and a few members of some e-groups which I happen to be a member of, including two e-Health Personnel groups, questioned the validity of the article and eagerly demanded further explanation on it, perhaps, the full report. It has not been possible to get the report as the involved team of researchers plans on presenting it in Arusha and later to the 5th AIDS Vaccine 2009 Conference in Paris, France. However, I have learned a much more digested report from The EastAfrican newspaper, and as expected from many of you, there is still a long way until the vaccine is developed. Some parts of the article "Results of Tanzania HIV vaccine trials out soon" reads as follows:
  1. The study is known as the “HIV Vaccine Safety and Immunogenicity” and has been carried out since 2007.
  2. The vaccine has proven positive in terms of safety and ability to stimulate the immune system. All vaccine trials were completed in mid-July, and were positive by 100 per cent. By being positive, the candidate vaccines stimulated the immune system of those vaccinated and almost all who were given the vaccine responded to it.
  3. There was still a long way to go before a usable vaccine is developed. The big challenge now is to determine in the laboratory if the immune responses are able to kill or limit multiplication of live HIV.
  4. After the positive response from preliminary trials in Dar es Salaam, MUHAS and other International partners now focus on more clinical trials in Mbeya and Mozambique.
  5. In the early stages of the research, volunteers were first immunised with DNA candidate vaccination and later vaccinated with MVA boost, where two methods were employed, whereby 46 and 73 per cent of 52 and 48 volunteers respectively were immune responders, after the third HIV-DNA vaccination and HIV-MVA boost were administered. The results for the second method indicated that 23 of 59 volunteers were immune responders, after the third HIV/DNA/placebo vaccination and 34 of 50 volunteers had the same results, after the HIV-MVA/ placebo boost. The high immunogenicity of HIVIS 03 DNA-MVA vaccine is similarly consistent with the previous phase I study in Sweden.
  6. Vaccine products namely HIV-1 DNA portions in a live non-multiplying pox virus boost was provided by the US Army, on agreement with Swedish partner institutions.
  7. Similar vaccines in Thailand, gave a protection of 31 per cent of 16,000 people given the vaccine.  
Read the full article at http:/theeastafrican.co.ke/news