The Jeroen Ensink Memorial Fund Scholarship: MSc Public Health for Development

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

LSHTM has established a Memorial Fund in his name to support students from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia who are committed to improving public health in developing countries and wish to undertake the MSc Public Health for Development course. One scholarship will be awarded for the 2017-18 MSc Public Health for Development course. A full scholarship covers;

  • Full-time overseas tuition fees for 2017-18 (including the mandatory field trip fee), and flights from the student’s home country to the United Kingdom, and return on expiry of the scholarship (to be booked by the Scholarships team in Registry), and
  • A tax free stipend (living allowance) of GBP 16,500.00.

Eligibility requirements: To be eligible for a scholarship under this fund, applicants must: have been accepted onto the 2017-18 MSc Public Health for Development course; and be a citizen of a sub-Saharan African or South Asian countries (visit website for eligible countries).

Preference will be given to those applicants with experience and/or interest in the area of water, sanitation, hygiene and public health.

Applications and all necessary supporting documents must be received by 17.00 (GMT) on Sunday 2

Call for concept papers: Alan J. Magill Fellowship - American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

The Alan J. Magill Fellowship was created by the ASTMH Council in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to honor the life, example and legacy of Alan J. Magill, MD, FASTMH, a widely recognized and respected leader in the global tropical medicine community.

The Magill Fellowship will provide funding of $50,000 for a period of up to two years to one recipient to support mentorship, career and/or leadership development projects for early- to mid-career ASTMH members in low/low-middle income countries focusing on leadership development in tropical medicine. Magill Fellows will work closely with a mentor (ideally an ASTMH member) who will play a prominent role in the development and execution of the Fellow’s two-year plan of activities.

Closing date: Applications are due by 1 February 2017

Eligibility:
  • Open only to ASTMH members who are citizens and legal residents of a low/low-middle income country as determined by the World Bank and WHO/Hinari. 
  • Early- to mid-career. 
  • A Master’s degree or higher is desired for applicants whose education has focused on advocacy and policy rather than scientific research or clinical care.
  • MD, MBBS, DDS, DVM or PhD-level degree.
  • Mentor required (member of ASTMH encouraged but not required). The mentor will help the applicant plan and carry out the proposed Fellowship activities. The mentor is not required to work at the same organization/institution as the applicant or to directly supervise the proposed Fellowship activity.
  • Applicant and mentor are responsible for planning the proposed Fellowship activity and securing agreement from participating/hosting institutions. 
More info at https://www.astmh.org/ASTMH/media/Documents/ASTMH-Alan-Magill-Fellowship-Application-Guidelines-2017-FINAL.pdf

Wellcome Trust Overseas Courses - Malaria Experimental Genetics

Title: Malaria Experimental Genetics

Applications are invited for this free-to-attend laboratory-based course on malaria experimental genetics. The week-long programme will provide participants with hands-on training in cutting-edge Plasmodium experimental genetics techniques, from designing gene targeting vectors and creating transgenic parasites to genotyping and phenotyping the resulting strains. The course is open to scientists and clinicians based in Africa who are looking to establish and use Plasmodium transfection technology at their institutes. Places are limited and priority will be given to applicants who provide a strong scientific case for learning Plasmodium genome modification. There is no course fee and limited bursaries are available to cover travel and accommodation expenses.

Programme: The programme will include lecture and practical laboratory/computer-based sessions covering the following topics:
  • Gene targeting vector construction
  • Transfection and genotyping
  • Molecular phenotyping
Course Instructors:

Oliver Billker (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK)

Ellen Bushell (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK)

Marcus Lee (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK)

Julian Rayner (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK)

Guest Speakers

Amy Kristine Bei (Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, Senegal)

Alfred Amambua-Ngwa (Medical Research Council Unit, Gambia)

Period: 30 April -6 May 2017

Venue: University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

Application closing date: All applications and bursary requests must be received by 6 January 2017January 6, 2017

For full details, visit the course website https://coursesandconferences.wellcomegenomecampus.org/Overseas.wt

DELTAS Postdoctoral Fellowship

The WACCBIP-Wellcome Trust DELTAS programme is seeking young African scientists to work as postdoctoral fellows in an environment that promotes the development of leadership skills and networking with other scientists in Africa. As a new Centre of excellence for biomedical research, WACCBIP will generate tremendous research activities through the various graduate training programmes. The Centre and its partners will therefore, provide a well-resourced research environment to promote the research careers of newly graduated PhDs. WACCBIP is co-hosted by the Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology (BCMB) and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana, and has several regional and international partner institutions.

Eligibility: To apply for this fellowship, you must:
  • Be an African who received his/her PhD degree within the last three years and interested in developing a research career in the biosciences in Africa.
  • Develop a comprehensive postdoctoral research proposal that can be completed within 2-3years.
  • Be highly motivated individual interested in developing novel research directions.
  • Work with minimal supervision and have a high standard for research ethics.
  • Be interested in working on one of the following priority disease areas and research themes:
Priority Research Areas: Cancers, HIV/AIDS and Pathogen genomics/ Bioinformatics

The successful fellows will be based at the University of Ghana, but with access to resources and facilities from all our partner institutions.

Award: The successful postdoctoral fellow will be supported with up to $150,000 to cover: a monthly salary, Research supplies and reagents, Conference grant, Other related costs

Application: Application forms are available at http://waccbip.ug.edu.gh/. Interested applicants may send their complete application documents to [email protected]

Closing Date: 30th November 2016
More info at: http://www.waccbip.org/2016/10/24/deltas-postdoctoral-fellowships/

Grand Challenges Africa Innovation Seed Grant Round 1 Request for proposals

The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), an initiative of the African Academy of Sciences and the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has launched two requests for proposals for Grand Challenges Africa - Innovation Seed Grants. These requests seek:

1) Solutions and strategies to reduce maternal, neonatal and child deaths in Africa, and

2) Creative communication approaches to inspire African governments to fund research and development.

The Innovation Seed Grants will fund innovators resident in Africa with any level of experience, working in any discipline in colleges, universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-governmental and non-profit organizations. The goal is to find local solutions to solve Africa’s pressing challenges and help the continent to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Amount: The scheme seeks to promote Africa-led scientific innovations to help countries better achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by awarding Innovation Seed Grants (ISG) of up to $100,000 and Innovation Transition Grants (ITG) of up to $500,000 to the continent's most impressive solutions.

Closing date: 17 February 2017 1800HRS GMT

More info at http://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/challenge/grand-challenges-africa-innovation-seed-grants-0