Connect with us

General

Call for DELTAS (S2ACABT)Masters and PhD in Biostatistics fellowships for 2016 Academic Year

Published

on

The Sub-Saharan African Consortium for Advanced Biostatistical Training (S2ACABT), a consortium of twenty African and northern institutions with the University of the Witwatersrand as the lead; and KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programmes, Universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Warwick and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as co-applicants, has secured funding from the Wellcome Trust/AESA through the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Traning and Science (DELTAS). The full list of participating institutions are listed below. The funding will cover Masters and PhD programmes in Biostatistics in participating training institutions to develop and improve biostatistical skills among researchers, with an ultimate goal of creating research nodes of excellence to grow the discipline and a biostatistical network to nurture researchers with advanced skills and expertise. The consortium is therefore calling for full time scholarship applications for Masters and PhD degrees.

The scholarships are open to candidates with strong background in either Statistics, Mathematics, Demography, any other quantitative fields , including competent candidates from the lab/health field such as biomedical sciences, pharmacy, medicine who may benefit from a postgraduate course in biostatistics.The potential fellows should have applied for a place at one of the postgraduate biostatistics degree programmes being offered by partner institutions.

These degree programmes will be focused on courses relevant to quantitative research in the health-related fields and developing careers in Biostatisticics, which is a growing field particularly in developing countries where the demand is high due to increased biomedical research. Therefore, the goal of this financial support is to enhance Biostatistical graduate training capacity and boost the number of researchers and practitoners in low and middle-income countries.

MASTERS’ SCHOLARSHIPS: APPLICATION DEADLINE – 15th DECEMBER 2015
ELIGIBILITY
• The scholarship is open to nationals of low and middle income countries in the Sub-Saharan African Region that are resident in the region. (http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-and-lending-groups#Sub_Saharan_Africa ) and partnering institutions in the consortium.
• Applicants should normally be under 35 years for the Master Programme
• Applicants should meet each of the separate University’s admission requirements for the level of degree applied for before applying for the scholarship.

SCHOLARSHIP PACKAGE
The scheme will provide full scholarships for 18 Masters students fellows in the 2016 academic year and covers the following:
• Tuition fees and basic medical and accident insurance
• A monthly stipend to cover accommodation and living expenses.
• Support for the Masters research project supervision

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
For the MSc scholarships, applicants should provide the academic training institution with:

  1. A comprehensive curriculum vitae including relevant research and work experience
  2. Letter of motivation explaining why you want to pursue an MSc in biostatistics
  3. Certified copies of academic transcripts and degree certificates
  4. Evidence of acceptance or application to study Biostatistics at any of the partnering institution for commencement in the 2016 academic year
  5. Two confidential referee reports should be sent directly to the training institution

PHD SCHOLARSHIPS: APPLICATION DEADLINE – 31st MARCH 2016
ELIGIBILITY
• The scholarship is open to nationals of low and middle income countries in the Sub-Saharan African Region that are resident in the region. (http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-and-lending-groups#Sub_Saharan_Africa ) and partnering institutions in the consortium.
• Applicants should normally be under 40 years for the PhD Programme.
Applicants should meet each of the separate University’s admission requirements for the level of degree applied for before applying for the fellowship.
SCHOLARSHIP PACKAGE
The scheme will provide full scholarships for 5 PhD Fellows in the 2016 academic year and covers the following:
• Tuition fees and basic medical and accident insurance
• A monthly stipend to cover accommodation and living expenses.
• Reasonable support for the PhD research project and supervision
• Bench fees to research institution hosting the PhD student
• Travel costs to and from academic training institution and the host research institution
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
For the PhD scholarships, applications must be either be based research questions on data from a recognised Research Institution, and include a co-supervisor from that institution, or from an academic training institution. Potential PhD scholarship applicants should provide the academic training institution:
1. A comprehensive curriculum vitae including relevant research and work experience
2. Letter of motivation explaining why you want to pursue a PhD in biostatistics
3. Certified copies of academic transcripts and degree certificates
4. A concept note, not exceed 5 pages, outlining the proposed area of research.
5. A sample of written academic work of which the applicant is the primary author e.g. Masters’ thesis/research report, journal article
6. A letter from the proposed research institution supervisor indicating willingness to supervise
7. Evidence of acceptance or application to study Biostatistics at a partner institution
8. Two confidential referee reports should be sent directly to the training institution.
Preference for these (MSc and PhD) scholarships will be given to candidates who are likely to strengthen the SSACABT institutions either as academic staff members or affiliation to research institution within the consortium.
Further, recipients’ careers will be tracked with the new Wellcome Trust DELTAS S2ACABT alumni that will monitor the impact of the programme, as well as networking and increased visibility opportunities for the Fellows.

HOW TO APPLY
The application process is two-fold.
1. Applications for places should be made to the preferred host training institution. Institutions and their contact persons are listed below.

A. University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa:
• Institutional lead: Prof Tobias Chirwa (Tobias.Chirwa@wits.ac.za)
Contact persons for Masters and PhD enquiries:
• Mrs. Busi Mamabolo (Busi.Mamabolo@wits.ac.za) for the MSc Programme Please access the following website for more details: http://www.wits.ac.za/academic/health/publichealth/18699/postgraduateprogrammes.html
• Mr. Paul Bohloko (Paul.Bohloko@wits.ac.za) for the PhD Programme.
• Please access the following website for more details: http://www.wits.ac.za/academic/health/publichealth/phdgraduateprogrammes/10542/how_do_i_apply.html

B. University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa:
• Institutional lead: Prof. Henry Mwambi (MwambiH@ukzn.ac.za)
Contacts for Masters and PhD enquiries:
• Ms Christel Barnard (BarnardC@ukzn.ac.za) for both MSc and PhD applications
• Note: The MSc and PhD programmes at UKZN will be by research and thesis.

C. University of Malawi, Malawi
• Institutional lead: Dr Jupiter Simbeye (jsimbeye@cc.ac.mw)
Contacts for Masters and PhD enquiries:
• Mr. Tsirizani Kaombe (biostat-unima@cc.ac.mw) for the MSc Programme
Please access the following website for additional information:
http://www.science.chanco.unima.mw/index.php/stu/postgraduate-programmes?layout=edit&id=47
• Dr. Jupiter Simbeye (jsimbeye@cc.ac.mw) for the PhD programme.

D. University of Nairobi, Kenya
• Institutional lead: Prof Patrick Weke (pweke@uonbi.ac.ke)
Contact for Masters and PhD enquiries:
• Dr. Nelson Owuor Onyango (onyango@uonbi.ac.ke)
• Please access the following website for more details: http://www.mathematics.uonbi.ac.ke

E. Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Tanzania
• Institutional lead: Dr Michael Johnson Mahande (jmmahande@gmail.com)
Contacts for Masters and PhD enquires:
• Mr Victor Selengia: vselengia_2006@yahoo.com
Please access the following website for more details: www.kcmuco.ac.tz/index.php/admission

F. Stellenbosch University, South Africa
• Institutional lead: Prof Rhoderick Machekano (rhoderick@sun.ac.za)
Contact for Masters enquiries:
• Maxwell Chirehwa (mtchirehwa@sun.ac.za).
• The link to the postgraduate programs and application procedures is http://www0.sun.ac.za/pgstudies/postgraduate-programmes/faculty-of-medicine-and-health-sciences.html
2. Application for the DELTAS S2ACABT scholarship
The application for the DELTAS S2ACABT scholarship should be made separately and in writing, as outlined under the MSc and PhD scholarship sections above.
Scholarship applications should be sent to: Mrs. Busi Mamabolo (Busi.Mamabolo@wits.ac.za) and copied to Dr. Eustasius Musenge (Eustasius.Musenge@wits.ac.za)
PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline for MSc scholarships is 15th December 2015 and 31st March 2016 for PhD scholarships

Continue Reading

General

Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

Published

on

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.

“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.

Draft Manual Content

The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

Continue Reading

General

Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

Published

on

Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

Continue Reading

General

Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

Published

on

One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.

IMPORTANT:

(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

Continue Reading

Trending