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Applications are invited for year 2 intake for PhD and postdoctoral fellowships in Health offered by THRiVE, a DELTAS Africa consortium of East African Universities (Makerere University, Gulu University and Kilimanjaro Christian Medial University College) and research institutes (International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)Kenya, National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) Tanzania, and the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), together with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the University of Cambridge, UK.

The scheme is aimed at supporting training and mentoring to the most promising young scientists from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda selected in THRiVe-2 to become independent, internationally recognized research leaders. Successful applicants will develop their potential to become excellent researchers within a structured mentored training environment.



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Article adopted from AuthorAID

By Carolyne Linet Awino Onyango, Research Fellow and PhD Candidate, The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, KENYA

If you had sought my opinion in March 2016 as to whether you should enrol for any online training, I would have strongly advised you against it. I would have given you multiple reasons, like how you will miss out on the crucial face-to-face interaction that enriches learning, among others. Over the years, I have given such a response to tens of my high school and university students. Ask me the same question today and I will be the first to cheer you on to take up any online course offered by any credible institution at the earliest opportunity.

It all began with a re-tweet from @ResearchAfrica on March 30, 2016 bearing an announcement by AuthorAID (@authoraid) for an ”Online research writing course for developing country researchers” that was to start on 1st April 2016. Being a sceptic of online training, I had let many such opportunities pass me by. However, this one caught my attention; I liked the tweet and went on to download the course details. I thereafter alerted my peers as I sought familiar company for this soon-to-be new learning experience. The majority procrastinated; when I next checked on them, the deadline for enrolment had elapsed. 



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AuthorAID, a global network supporting researchers in developing countries to publish their work, is seeking volunteer mentors with an expertise in Healthcare and Medicine. The mentors will provide support to early career researchers in developing countries.

Potential mentors should be experienced researchers with a strong track record of publications. In addition, they should be enthusiastic and committed to the mentoring program. Mentors should be able to motivate early career researchers and help them focus on furthering their careers.



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The Innovation in Education and Training Award recognizes outstanding contribution to education and training in the built environment. 

This Call is open is open to academics and/or practitioners who have improved upon – or extended beyond – current expectations of best practice in education and training.

Submissions should cover any build environment-related area.

Entry rules

  1. Submissions should cover eg. a new approach to teaching and learning, curriculum development, apprenticeship,  skills,  professional or policy development, etc.
  2. Submissions should indicate


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Research and creative thinking can change the world. This means that academics have enormous power. But, as academics Asit Biswas and Julian Kirchherr have warned, the overwhelming majority are not shaping today’s public debates.

Instead, their work is largely sitting in academic journals that are read almost exclusively by their peers. Biswas and Kirchherr estimate that an average journal article is “read completely by no more than ten people”….

Click link below to read the full article:

https://theconversation.com/academics-can-change-the-world-if-they-stop-talking-only-to-their-peers-55713



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