From the University’s annual budget allocation FY 2020/21, the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) has established the PhD Thesis Completion Grants Program to support outstanding doctoral candidates on the verge of finalizing their thesis/dissertation, who have no other source of funding for the requested period.
The scheme is intended to help candidates make significant progress toward the completion of their thesis/dissertation and/or substantial improvement in the quality of their dissertation. The scheme is designed to enable candidates to focus full time on the writing of their Theses, improving the quality of the dissertation and shortening the time required to complete the doctoral degree.
In effect, the grant is intended to decrease time to degree and to support higher quality outcomes among students nearing graduation where relatively modest resources will make a large difference.
Applications from PhD candidates who demonstrate a clear ability to impact mainstream academia and whose projects reflect, and contribute to, the aims of the DRGT are welcomed to apply.
- Applicants should review the eligibility criteria specified below as those not meeting these criteria will not be considered.
- No grant will be awarded for a Thesis/dissertation which has already been submitted for preliminary examination.
2020 Green Chemistry for Life research grants for young scientists
Green chemistry has become a target for cutting-edge research into sustainable technologies. These may reduce (or eliminate) the production and use of hazardous substances in mining and in the design, manufacture and application of chemical products, and may also lead to energy savings and a better environment and health.
Research in green chemistry and allied areas in biochemistry, geochemistry, biotechnology, ecology and healthcare give young scientists ample opportunity to demonstrate their inventiveness and provide important input to sustainable development. With this in mind, the Green Chemistry for Life Project was launched in 2013 by UNESCO’s International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP) and PhosAgro, the largest producer of phosphate-based fertilizer in Europe, in close cooperation with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).
Over the course of 8 years, the project will offer research grants of up to US$30,000 to scientists aged 39 and under with an innovative research project that respects the 12 principles of green chemistry, to help them implement their project.
Deadline: 31st January 2021.
Mak Poultry Training Manual to Address Key Capacity and Knowledge Gaps in the Sector
About 100 poultry farmers in Wakiso district have been given free Poultry Training Manuals that will give them tips on how to better conduct poultry farming so as to realize better profits and stay afloat.
The manual is a user- friendly Information Education Communication (IEC) material presented in a tone and format that eases understanding and application aimed at addressing key capacity and knowledge gaps within the poultry sector for improved productivity and profitability.
These IEC materials were designed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers basing on the study findings for the Mak-RIF COVID-19 Special Grant project titled, “Strengthening the resilience and visibility of peri-urban poultry farmers in Wakiso district for better marketing and profitability through feeding, post-harvest handling, value addition and resources recovery”.
The team comprises Assoc. Prof. Zziwa Ahamada as Principal Investigator (PI) and Dr. Robert Kyeyune Kambugu-Department of Agricultural and Bio-systems Engineering, Dr. Simon Kizito-Department of Forestry, Biodiversity and Tourism, Ms. Rebecca Mukebezi-Department of Extension and Innovation Studies and Mr. Henry Magala from the Department of Agricultural Production.
Mak-UiB-Karolinska-Padua Paper Published in New England Journal of Medicine
Results from the Neonatal Supraglottic Airway (NeoSupra) Trial on neonatal resuscitation conducted at the Labour Wards of Mulago National Referral Hospital and Kawempe Specialised National Referral Hospital have been published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The paper was co-authored by Makerere University’s Dr. Josaphat Byamugisha, Dr. Jolly Nankunda and Dr. Clare Lubulwa, the University of Bergen (UiB)’s Dr. Nicolas J. Pejovic and Dr. Thorkild Tylleskär, Karolinska Institutet (KI)’s Dr. Susanna Myrnerts Höök, Dr. Tobias Alfvén, Dr. Mats Blennow as well as other authors from the University of Padua (Italy).
The collaborative paper published on 26th November 2020 concluded that in neonates (newborns) with asphyxia (deficient supply of oxygen to their bodies), the Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA) was safe in the hands of midwives but was not superior to face-mask ventilation with respect to early neonatal death and moderate-to-severe hypoxic–ischemic encephalopathy.
Please see Downloads for the paper. It may also be retrieved from the NEJM webpage at the link below: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2005333