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The Call for the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) Research Associate Grant Programme is open and receiving applications.

There are six professional development and research grants worth €15,000 each, to support early-to-mid career researchers or policy practitioners in Low and Middle Income Countries. 

Projects should be in line with the priority research theme:

“The role of scientific evidence and advice in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

Application deadline: Wednesday November 15, 2017

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(From left) Dr. Mwongeli Mutuku with Dr. Joy Kiiru discuss an assignement during the workshop - Photo by Kevin

As we know the main determinants of a world class university are based on the quality of research undertaken and how well it competes for research grants from funding agencies and governments  - Prof. L.W. Irungu,  DVC,RPE

The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Production and Extension last week held the first session of the Grant Proposal Writing Workshop 2017. The workshop which targets faculty at the University, aims to building capacity to enable researchers conduct collaborative project planning and to develop sound, fundable proposals.

This year, one of the topics covered during the Workshop included a guideline on application of the National Research Grants (NRF). NRF provides support to development of research capacities in the national priority areas of science technology and innovation. In 2016, shortlisted University of Nairobi projects included 27 MSc projects, 36 PhD projects, and 17 multidisciplinary and multi-institutional proposals. A challenge posed to the participants was for them to form research teams through which they can develop proposals for funding.

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Australia Awards, a flagship of the Australian development cooperation program offers long- and short-term study and professional development opportunities to citizens from developing countries around the globe

In Africa, the Australian Government offers scholarships and fellowships under Australia Awards for African professionals to undertake long-term studies leading to a postgraduate degree and short-term training leading to the acquisition of new skills and knowledge.

Current opportunities include:

  • Australian Awards Scholarships, to undertake higher degree studies in Australia at Masters level. (Eligibility for Kenyans) Age limit: 50 years at date of application

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Participants and Organizers at the Workshop

The Living Lab of the University of Nairobi ( organised in conjunction with and supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung (, a regional workshop titled "Engaging Urban Actors in East Africa". The workshop held at the Innovation Village in Kampala, Uganda from 16th - 18th August 2017, had participants from Burundi, Germany, Kenya Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.  Led by Prof. Madara Ogot of the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and Dr. Amolle Ambole of the School of the Art and Design,  participants explored ways to design sustainable urbanization programmes for the East African region using a design thinking approach, with a focus on promoting cross-sector collaboration between the public, private and social sector; bridging academia/science and practice; and promoting participation for sustainable urban development.

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In Vitro Fertilisation has helped people in Africa and around the world to have families. Shutterstock

Dr. J. Wanyoike-Gichuhi, University of Nairobi

(story courtesy: The Conversation Africa)

Infertility is a global health challenge with distressing psychological and social consequences. Women in Africa pay a heavy social price including stigma and depression, for not having children. Sadly, infertility in Africa is mostly blamed on the woman.

Infertility is defined as the failure to conceive after one year or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. Globally it affects about 70 million to 80 million couples. In Africa, about 50 to 60% of all the reproductive health clinic visits are related to infertility. In Kenya, estimates show that infertility could be between 2 and 20%.

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