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Grants to support scientific training of PhD students

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Climate, Food and Farming Research Network Call for Proposals, 2013. Grants to support scientific training of PhD students from developing countries.

Background
The Climate Food and Farming (CLIFF) Research Network is a collaborative initiative of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate
Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus. The Network aims to build the
capacity of young scientists, generate novel climate change research on smallholder farming systems, and facilitate South-South knowledge exchange. Each year, starting in 2011, CLIFF has provided small grants to support graduate student research and participation in international training events and conferences.
The activities have resulted in a linked network of emerging scientists that improve the quality of each other’s research, collaborate on new proposals, and speed-up the pace of their scientific development.
Call for proposals
In 2013, we invite applications from students from developing countries, currently enrolled in PhD programs, to become part of the CLIFF Network. Selected students will be sponsored for short-term (3-4 month) scientific training and research stays at CGIAR centres or affiliated research institutions1. During their tenure at the host institutions, students will learn approaches used in the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems (SAMPLES) research programme to evaluate
smallholder farming systems in terms of system level livelihood and environmental outcomes at whole-farm and landscape scales.

The techniques that may be studied include (but are not limited to) remote sensing, economic surveys, and measurement of greenhouse gas emissions from soils. Precise training will depend on the student’s and host institution scientists’ interests. Applications are invited for training and travel grants of up to 12,000 USD.
 
The travel grants will be used to support living and research costs at the host institution. It is important to note that these grants will not necessarily be to support participants’ own research, but to facilitate training on techniques and methods being applied in SAMPLES and are expected to be applicable to the beneficiaries’ own research.
Eligibility and conditions
• Applicants must be PhD students from and conducting their research in a developing country.
• Applicants must be currently enrolled PhD students, but NOT in their final year of study.
• The grant money should be used to finance the short-term scientific visit, NOT tuition or other fees related to the PhD degree.
 
Application requirements
The application must include the following documents merged into one pdf file:
• 1-2 page motivation letter (described below).
• 1-page curriculum vitae that includes your contact details.
• Letter of support from your PhD supervisor
• All applications must be in English.
The motivation letter, which must be no more than two A4 pages, must include the following:
1. Your name, citizenship and the country where you are conducting your PhD study
2. The objectives of your PhD study.
3. Linkages between your study and the SAMPLES programme.
4. Justification for the short-term scientificvisit.
5. When you intend to undertake the short-term scientific visit (note that grants will be disbursed mid-November).
6. The CGIAR centre you intend to visit.
 
Downlaod the attached document below for more information.
 
Submission
Applications must be submitted on or before the 20th of August 2013. To submit your application
and for any questions please contact 
The coordinator of the CLIFF network,
Ngonidzashe Chirinda,
Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University,
Email: Ngonidzashe.Chirinda@agrsci.dk.

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education

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Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu (L) receives a plaque and citation from RUFORUM Board Member and Vice Chancellor Ndejje University-Professor Eriabu Lugujjo (Right) on 6th May 2021 at the RUFORUM Secretariat, Plot 155 Garden Hill, Makerere University Main Campus,

When Professor John Ssebuwufu ambled up to receive a certificate of recognition for his ‘exceptional’ contribution to higher education from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at Makerere University (MU), he was thinking of many things, such as rewarding staff, that he could have done differently to impact university education more.

But he did what he could have done, under the circumstances.

He presided over MU (in 1993) when student enrolment was 5,000 and left in 2004 when the population was surging to more than 15,000.

He emphasised the use of information communication technologies in almost all the institutions he had been involved in and sent many academic staff on exchanges to boost research and innovation. Now, more African universities engage in ground-breaking research.

So, he proceeded to accept his recognition and make his acceptance speech, which was mostly about gratitude.

Ssebuwufu, 74, who is currently the chancellor at Kyambogo University and the vice-chancellor of the University of Kisubi, is credited for his exemplary leadership and pragmatic methods that have shaped higher education in Uganda and Africa as a whole.

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022. Photo credit: AfDB

The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa”, “Industrialize Africa”, “Integrate Africa” and “Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa”) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives. JADS core areas of study focus include energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. The program also seeks to promote inter-university collaboration and university-industry partnerships between Japan and Africa. Upon completion of their studies, the JADS scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors, and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.

About the JADS program

The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline.  The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.

The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.

Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.

Application Procedures

  1. Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
  2. Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
  3. University evaluates and selects applicants.
  4. University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
  5. AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
  6. AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.

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WHS Regional Meeting Africa 2021: Finance Chairperson’s Update

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Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, Finance Chairperson, World Health Summit Regional Meeting Africa, June 2021.

SOPs: Our plan is to have 200 sets of people in different spacious rooms…

Prof. Tonny j. oyana, finance chairperson whs regional meeting africa

We are sincerely grateful to our sponsors…

Over 15 core sponsors…

Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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