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AuthorAID, a free pioneering global network that provides support, mentoring, resources and training for researchers in low and middle income countries is currently accepting applications for travel grants for the second set in 2017.

The grants worth USD1500 each are intended to support travel to an international conference for early career researchers from low and middle income countries.

Only 5 travel grants are available.

Applicants must have already been accepted to present at an international academic conference by time of application.

This is the final round of travel grants awarded under the SRKS funding programme which comes to an end in March 2018. To date, AuthorAID has supported over 50 researchers with the award of travel grants during the course of SRKS programme.

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The Commonwealth Rutherford Postdoctoral Fellowships programme is open and receiving applications from PhD graduates resident in a Commonwealth country.

Upto 50 fellowships are available. Successful applicants will get an opportunity to spend one or two years at an eligible UK university or higher education institution to conduct postdoctoral research.

Applicants will be expected to identify one host institution for the fellowship. Evidence of agreement from host institution is mandatory.

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Renmin University of China (RUC) in association with the World Universities Network (WUN) is holding a Think Tank Summit on the 'China Belt and Road Green Development'.

Venue: Beijing 

Dates: 23-24 March 2018

Staff members interested in attending the summit can send their applications via email to before December 15, 2017. Enquiries can also be sent to the same email.

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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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