Utafiti News Issue 4 Dec 2016

This is the fourth issue of Utafiti News, a research newsletter published by the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension (RPE). The newsletter highlights the research activities of the University including related support services. Utafiti News is open to contributions by researchers from all disciplines. I would like to thank the researchers who made time for our interviews as well as those who submitted their articles because in doing so they made the fourth issue of Utafiti News a reality. In addition, they provided the opportunity for our readers to know about the activities taking place in the workshops, laboratories, and other research spaces of the University. We hope that the information contained in this newsletter will find useful application.

The theme of this particular issue of the newsletter is “Collaboration in research”, which is an important objective of the University as captured in the messages from the Vice-Chancellor and DVC (RPE). The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi, has affirmed that research collaboration is an important vehicle towards making the University truly world class in line with the institutional vision. The DVC (RPE), Prof. L. Irungu, on her part, conveys the Division’s commitment to providing the support needed by researchers to engage in successful collaborative research arrangements.


Pamela Asule

Sub editor
Njeri Muhoro

Frequency of Publication: 

Two PhD scholarships available at icipe

Date and time: 
Wed, 2016-12-07 10:51

Application deadline: January 2, 2017

icipe is offering 2 PhD scholarships to nationals from Sub-Sahara Africa to work on Schitosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease. Schitosomiasis is an acute and chronic parasitic disease caused by blood flukes (trematode worms) of the genus Schistosoma.

Of the two successful applications, one will work on ecological/parasitological research questions and the other will work on environmental chemistry research questions.

The PhD projects are funded through a research grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and will be jointly supervised by scientists from icipe, KEMRI and Egerton University, Kenya and from the University of Aachen and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany. The scholarships will cover all costs of the PhD programme, including travel, living expenses, medical insurance, university fees and all research and training costs.

The PhD positions are based at icipe’s Thomas Odhiambo Campus at Mbita, Homa Bay County, South Nyanza, Kenya. Some of the work will be implemented at KEMRI-Kisumu and Nairobi, icipe’s Duduville Campus in Nairobi and research visits might be scheduled to the laboratories in Leipzig, Germany.

Expiry Date: 
Mon, 2017-01-02 17:51

University of Nairobi to implement short learning programmes to combat fisheries crimes

Date and time: 
Thu, 2016-11-24 11:28

(No. 4 from left) Hon. Willy Bett, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Blue Economy leads team to discuss establishment of a Fisheries Law Crime Enforcement (FishForce) Academy

The University of Nairobi (UoN) is set to enter into a collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) that will see the UoN implement Short Learning Programmes aimed at combating fisheries crimes in the region.

The collaboration comes in the wake of a high level stakeholders meeting held in Mombasa on November 23 – 24 2016 to discuss establishment of a Fisheries Crime Law Enforcement Academy in Kenya, which will provide capacity building for fisheries law enforcement officers.  

In the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor’s speech read on his behalf by Prof. Lucy Irungu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor in-charge of Research Production and Extension, pointed out the need for Kenya and other coastal states to conserve Blue Economy Resources for future generations. In part, the speech alluded that Kenya annually loses a whooping estimated Ksh.10 billion through illegal unreported and unregulated fishing. (Read full speech here)

Expiry Date: 
Tue, 2017-01-31 11:28

National Research Fund Call for Reviewers

Date and time: 
Fri, 2016-11-11 07:12

The National Research Fund (NRF) is seeking to develop a database of competent, experienced and dedicated subject matter experts as Reviewers for Proposals under National Research Fund (NRF).

Applications are invited from experienced researchers with a demonstrable record of peer review of scientific publications, who are subject matter experts in at least one of the topics or themes targeted by the NRF Calls.

The scope of work for the Reviewers include:

• Review technical quality of the proposals submitted under NRF Calls including their methodology and design, conceptual coherence, contribution to the advancement of knowledge and relevance to national development.

Expiry Date: 
Tue, 2016-11-22 07:12

Call for applications: Yokohama National University - Global Doctoral Program for Academic Career Support

Date and time: 
Fri, 2016-11-04 06:00

Yokohama National University is recruiting students who want to enter its graduate schools as doctoral students in October 2017 or April 2018 under the Global Doctoral Program for Academic Career Support (GDACS), which is a doctoral program for faculty members of international partner universities (including department-level agreements) in emerging nations.

The following graduate schools are seeking applicants:

  • the Graduate School of International Social Sciences
  • the Graduate School of Engineering
  • the Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences
  • the Graduate School of Urban Innovation
Expiry Date: 
Wed, 2017-01-04 17:00
Contact Person: 

Samuel Kiboi (PhD) Senior Lecturer, Ecology & Environmental Sciences, School of Biological sciences, Email: samuel.kiboi@uonbi.ac.ke

Call for proposals: Postgraduate Research Training Grants

Date and time: 
Thu, 2016-10-27 16:18

The National Research Fund (NRF) is inviting proposals from postgraduate students for the National Research Call for Proposals for Postgraduate Research and Training.

This is a competitive grant open to all bonafide postgraduate students from both public and private universities. The Grant supports only the research component of Masters or doctoral degree training programmes on projects addressing the national development agenda.

Proposals submitted for consideration should have been reviewed, defended and approved by the relevant postgraduate bodies of the respective universities.

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2016-11-11 16:18

Water Services Trust Fund: Innovation Challenge 2016

Date and time: 
Thu, 2016-10-13 15:45

The Ministry of Water and Irrigation, the Council of Governors together with the Water Services Trust Fund, KEWASNET, KEWI and other collaborating institutions are organizing for the 2016 Kenya Water Week to be held from 21st – 25th November, 2016 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).

The Conference themed “From Aid to Trade: Enhancing Business Partnerships and Innovation for Sustainable Water and Sanitation provision & irrigation in Africa” gives recognition to the global shift from Aid to Trade, and the need for sustainable financing and development.

Expiry Date: 
Wed, 2016-11-30 15:45

Funding opportunities

Date and time: 
Mon, 2016-10-10 11:25

Transforming HIV patient care in Sub Saharan Africa

Transforming HIV patient care in Sub Saharan Africa to support the 90-90-90 goals under the President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This supports policy, education and clinical practice efforts to improve the delivery of HIV services at priority, high volume sites across 18 sub-Saharan African countries. One grant worth up to USD 2.4 million per year for up to five years is available.   

Expiry Date: 
Tue, 2017-01-31 11:25

11TH Annual CASE Africa Conference 2016

Date and time: 
Mon, 2016-10-10 09:51

The 11th CASE Africa Conference 2016 organized in partnership with the University of Nairobi and Strathmore University, is the first and largest annual gathering that aims to bring together professionals working in alumni relations, communication, fundraising and marketing on behalf of educational institutions.

The Conference will be held from November 8 – 10, 2016 at Fairview Hotel, Nairobi.

Expiry Date: 
Wed, 2016-11-30 09:51

University of Nairobi wins various awards at the Nairobi International Trade Fair 2016

Date and time: 
Thu, 2016-10-06 14:18
H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta presents to the Chancellor Dr. Vijoo Rattansi and Vice-Chancellor Prof. P.M. F. Mbithi the award for ‘The Stand that Best Interprets the current Show Theme’

The University of Nairobi won more than 6 awards in various categories at the ongoing Nairobi International Trade Fair 2016.

The University clinched 1st positions in three  categories, ‘The Stand that Best Interprets the current Show Theme’; ‘The Best Stand in Research and Development’ and ‘Best Institution of Higher Learning in Developing and Advanced Technology’.

Expiry Date: 
Sat, 2016-12-31 14:18
Syndicate content