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Call for CAPREx Fellowships 2017-18

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CAPREx(Cambridge-Africa Partnership for Research Excellence) is a three-way partnership between the University of Ghana, Legon, Makerere University, Ugandaandthe University of Cambridge, UK,and is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Isaac Newton Trust.

The CAPRExprogramme strengthens academic research and research management capacityin the African partner universities through the provision of fellowships. African research fellows are invited to embark on a collaborative research project with a researcherfrom the University of Cambridge who has mutual research interests, and the research will usually take place in Cambridge.

Collaborator(s) from the other African partner university will also be involved where appropriate. In some cases, more than one collaborator may be involved in the project from Cambridge.

The CAPREx Fellowships
The CAPREx Programme is pleased to invite applicants with research proposals in the following broad fields to apply for Post-doctoral research fellowships available in 2017/18

• Basic and Applied Sciences and Infectious Diseases (University of Ghana, Legon);
• Social Sciences and Humanities including Education, Law and Business (Makerere University).

The focus of CAPREx research projects should be on a research collaboration relevant to Ghana and Uganda.

CAPREx fellowships willallow for an average of 4 months (ranging from minimum of 1 month to a maximum of 6 months) to be spent at the University of Cambridge, or the other CAPREx African partner University if appropriate.

When fellows visit Cambridge, they will engage in a variety of training, seminars and networking opportunities to enhance their research links and skills. Ideally, fellowship visits should be scheduled from May 2016.CAPREx will provide travel (to be arranged from Cambridge) and a subsistence allowance (£2,000 per month pro rata) for the agreed duration of Fellowship visits only (subsistence costs will not be provided for work done within the Fellows’ home country).

CAPREx also provides funding for the Fellows’ collaborator(s) to visit the Fellows’ university to promote sustainable collaborative links and work on their joint research project.

Fellows will be eligible to apply competitively for funds to attend an international conference, in Europe or North America (depending on costs involved) to present their research.

In addition, CAPREx Fellows will be eligible to submit an application, in conjunction with their Cambridge collaborator, to the Cambridge-AfricaAlborada Research Fundto support the research collaboration.

Details of previous CAPREx Fellows’ research projects and experiences during their Fellowship (blog, photos, visits to international conferences, etc.) are available via the following link to the CAPREx website:www.cambridge-africa.cam.ac.uk/cambridge-in-africa-initiatives/caprex/

Eligibility to Apply

Applicants should be:

• Full time PhD-holding members of staff at either the University of Ghana or at Makerere University.Eligibility will focus on early career fellows(5 years since PhD completion)but mid career fellows(5-10 years since PhD completion) may also apply.
• Applicants must be 50 years of age or under
• Applicants from the University of Ghana must be faculty members from the College of Basic and Applied Sciences or faculty members from other UG Colleges doing research on infectious diseases.
• Applicants from Makerere University must be working within the Social Sciences and Humanities. This includes Education, Law and Business.

Please note:
Female staff members are strongly encouraged to apply.
Research Projects involving both African partner countries (Ghana and Uganda) are also encouraged.

Application Requirements

Candidates for the fellowships will be selected using a two-step application process as follows:

Step 1:
Interested and eligible faculty members complete and submit the attached registration of interest form by5th November 2016.

Registrations of Interest should consist of:
• A completed preliminary application form, tobe submitted by email tothe CAPREx CoordinatorOffice of the applicant’s home institution (contacts below). If publications have been listed in the application, then links to these should be provided in the relevant section of the application form. Otherwise, pdf versions of the three most importantpublications should be submitted with the form.
• A CV
• Supporting letters from two professional referees (including their telephone numbers, postal and e-mail addresses) to be sent directly from referees to the CAPREx Coordinator Office of the applicants home institution (contacts below) either by email or in hard copy. At least one referee should be familiar with the applicant’s academic research work.

Step 2:
Shortlisted candidates will be matched to appropriate CAPREx collaborators in Cambridge and/or Africa, and then invited to complete and submit a final application form.This form will request information about the candidate’s proposed research collaboration, and will have to be prepared in consultation with their CAPREx collaborator(s), for submission by the deadline of 5th February 2017. All shortlisted candidates will also be interviewed at their home university.

Review of Applications and Selection of Fellows

Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel comprisingrepresentativesfrom the three CAPREx partner universities, in the relevant subject areas.Reviewers may pay particular attention to the following criteria: research experience; commitment to pursuing an academic research career at the applicant’s home university; research project and potential for long-term collaboration with CAPREx partners and quality of references.

Timelines

• 5th November 2016:Registration of Interest to be submitted to the CAPREx Coordinator Office of the applicant’s home institution.

• 5thDecember 2016: Shortlisted applicantsnotifiedand invited to submit final application.

• December 2016 – January 2017:Shortlisted applicants notified of collaborator(s) they have been matched to, and an introductory email will be sent to put collaborating parties in touch with each other. The candidates can then communicate directly and prepare a more detailed research proposal.

• 5th February 2017: Final Application to be submitted online (details will be provided).

• March-April 2017: CAPREx Fellowship interviews at home university.

• May 2017: Outcome of Fellowship applications confirmed.

Contact Details

University of Ghana: Ms Afua Yeboah, Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID), email: caprex@ug.edu.gh

Makerere University: Ms Susan Mbabzi, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DGRT), email: smbabazi@rgt.mak.ac.ug

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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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

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

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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

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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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

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