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RSIF 4th Call 100 PhD Scholarships 2021

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The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) is an African-led initiative with the goal of strengthening skills in the Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology to further socio-economic transformation in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) is the flagship program of PASET. RSIF focuses on transformative technologies that have a far-reaching positive impact on society. It is funded by African governments, the European Commission, the World Bank and the Government of Korea and facilitated by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya.

RSIF aims to train quality PhD students and post-doctoral researchers at selected African universities (‘African Host Universities’) to address the human resource gap of highly qualified specialists in the fields of applied sciences, engineering, and technology (ASET) and to contribute to improving research and innovation capacities in those fields in SSA. RSIF supports training, research and innovation in five PASET Priority Thematic Areas: (1) ICT including big data and artificial intelligence, (2) Food security and agri-business, (3) Minerals, mining and materials engineering, (4) Energy including renewables and (5) Climate change.


Eligibility

To be eligible for a RSIF PhD Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Have a relevant master’s degree in one of the fields of study. The master’s degree must have been completed less than six years before 31st July 2021.
  • Meet the specific admission requirements of the African Host University they are applying to.
  • Be a citizen of a sub-Saharan Africa country.
  • Be willing to enroll full-time in a PhD program at an African Host University in the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Be willing to spend 6-24 months in ‘sandwich’ training at an international partner university, research institute or private company.
  • Demonstrate that their research goals are well aligned to the RSIF Priority Thematic Areas and contribute to Africa’s development.
  • Priority for the scholarships will be given to women and existing young academic faculty who do not have a PhD; and applicants who are 35 years of age and below.

Benefits: The RSIF PhD Scholarship covers university tuition and related fees, competitive stipend to cover living expenses, travel, medical insurance, and research costs. Graduates will have access to RSIF competitive research grants upon completion of their PhD.

Applications: Applications are accepted through the online application platform. Applications submitted by email or in hardcopy will not be accepted.

Deadline for submission:  30th September 2021 at 5:00 pm (East Africa Time; UTC+3)

Please address any questions to: rsifscholarships[at]icipe.org
For more information on RSIF please visit: www.rsif-paset.org

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Mak Listed in 19 of 60 Projects to be Funded under NORHED II

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The Main Building, Makerere University against an almost clear blue sky. Date taken 15th March 2013, Kampala Uganda.

Makerere University has been listed in 19 out of 60 projects awarded funding under the NORHED II programme set to run from 2021 to 2026. Launched by Norad (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) in 2012, NORHED is Norway’s flagship programme on higher education and research for development.

According to the announcement on the Norad website, 199 applications were submitted to the call, out of which 60 will be funded to the tune of NOK 1.1 billion. Uganda is also listed among the countries with the highest number of projects alongside Tanzania, Ethiopia and Malawi.

Makerere University is listed in a total of nineteen (19) projects applied for by Norwegian institutions namely; the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) – three (3) projects, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) – four (4) projects, University of Agder (UiA) – three (3) projects, University of Bergen (UiB) – six (6) projects, University of Oslo (UiO) – two (2) projects, and The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) – one (1) project.

Makerere was listed most in Sub-programme: 3. Climate Change and Natural Resources (6 projects), followed by Sub-programme: 5. Humanities and Social Sciences (5 projects), Sub-programme: 1. Education and Teacher Training (4 projects) as well as Sub-programme 2. Health and Sub-programme: 6. Energy with two projects apiece. Below is the breakdown of the list in five of the six respective sub-programmes, excluding Sub-programme: 4. Political and Economic Governance where there was no project listed.

 Project titleApplicant organizationProject partners in Global South
Sub-programme: 1. Education and Teacher Training (4 projects)
1CABUTE – Capacity Building for Research-Based Teacher EducationUniversity of Bergen (UiB)Makerere University, Kyambogo University, UNITE – The Uganda National Institute of Teacher Education
2Transformative Education and Lifelong Learning for Sustainable GrowthUniversity of Agder (UiA)Jimma University, University of Rwanda, Makerere University
3Mathematics for sustainable development.University of Bergen (UiB)University of Dar Es Salaam, Makerere University
4Decolonizing Epistemologies: the Disciplines and the UniversityUniversity of Bergen (UiB)Makerere University
Sub-programme: 2. Health (2 projects)
5iCARTA – Institutionalisation of Advanced Research Training in AfricaUniversity of Bergen (UiB)African Population and Health Research Center, University of Malawi, University of Rwanda, University of the Witswatersrand, Makerere University
6Climate Change and Infectious Diseases – A One Health ApproachThe Arctic University of Norway (UiT)University of Bahr ElGhazal, Makerere University
Sub-programme: 3. Climate Change and Natural Resources (6 projects)
7Environmental Risk Management under Increasing Extremes and UncertaintyNorwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)Haramaya University, Institute of Resource Assessment, University of Dar es Salaam, Uganda Marty’s University, Makerere University
8Climate smart agriculture in Sub-Saharan AfricaNorwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)Wondo Genet college of Forestry and Natural Resources – Hawassa University, University of Juba, Makerere University, Gulu University, University of Zambia,
9Enhanced Capacity for Aquatic Resources in East and South AfricaNorwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)University of Nairobi, Mbeya University of Science and Technology, Egerton University, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Eduardo Mondlane, University of Dar Es Salaam, Makerere University, University of Zambia
10Water ESSENCE Africa – creating synergy to meet the global challengesUniversity of Bergen (UiB)Addis Ababa University, University of Ghana, University for Development Studies, University of Nairobi, Machakos University, University of Rwanda University of Juba, Makerere University
11Co-creating knowledge for local adaptation to climate change in LDCsNorwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Pokhara University, University of Eduardo Mondlane, Makerere University
12Adaptive Environmental Monitoring Networks for East AfricaNorwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)University of Juba, Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology, Makerere University
Sub-programme: 5. Humanities and Social Sciences (5 projects)
13Refugees on the Move – South Sudanese in Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda.University of Bergen (UiB)Addis Ababa University, University of Juba, University of Khartoum, Makerere University
14Medical and environmental anthropology for 21st century East AfricaUniversity of Oslo (UiO)University of Nairobi, Maseno University, Kenya Medical Research Institute, National Institute for Medical Research – Tanzania, Makerere University, University of Dar Es Salaam
15Building Resilient Communities through Inclusive Education in East AfricaUniversity of Agder (UiA)University of Rwanda, Institute of Social Work – Tanzania, Makerere University
16Gender and digitalization across context (GENDIG)University of Agder (UiA)University of Dar Es Salaam, Makerere University
17Partnership for Peace: Better Higher Education for Resilient SocietiesUniversity of Oslo (UiO)African School of Economics – Benin, Universidad de los Andes, Mekelle University, Birzeit University, Makerere University
Sub-programme: 6. Energy (2 projects)
18Capacity building for socially just and sustainable energy transitionsNorwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)University of Nairobi, University of Juba, Makerere University
19Energy Technology NetworkNorwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)Addis Ababa University, Mekelle University, University of Malawi, University of Eduardo Mondlane, University of Juba, University of Dar Es Salaam, Makerere University

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UiB sweeps NORHED II funding

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WATER WORLD: Archaeologist Tore Sætersdal (right) leads the Water ESSENCE Africa project, which was awarded NOK 18.5 million in the NORHED II call. The image shows him in 2013 at Makerere University, which is a partner in this and five other NORHED II projects with the University of Bergen. Photo: Sverre Ole Drønen, UiB

By Sverre Ole Drønen

NORHED is Norway’s national flagship programme on higher education and research for development. NORHED II represents the second time the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) awards funding through the programme. A total of 1.1 billion Norwegian kroner (NOK) were awarded to a total of 60 projects out of 199 applications, of which NOK 250 million were awarded to 13 University of Bergen (UiB) projects. This puts UiB top among Norway’s universities along with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), which was also awarded 13 projects.

The aim of the NORHED programme is to strengthen the capacity of higher education institutions in the global south to produce higher-quality graduates, more research, higher quality research, and more inclusive higher education. The programme is based on a collaborative partnership model between higher education institutions in Norway and the global south.

Makerere University in Uganda is involved in six projects, most of any partner in the global south. These include;

  • Mathematics for sustainable development,
  • Refugees on the Move – South Sudanese in Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda,
  • Capacity Building for Research-Based Teacher Education (CABUTE),
  • Water ESSENCE Africa – creating synergy to meet the global challenges,
  • iCARTA – Institutionalisation of Advanced Research Training in Africa, and
  • Decolonizing Epistemologies: the Disciplines and the University

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My Academic Journey

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Article Author Ms. Irene Bayiyana. Photo: RUFORUM

My name is Irene Bayiyana and I am one of the RUFORUM Alumni. I am an agricultural economist, with a master’s degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics and a PhD in Economics. Currently, I am working as a Research Officer/Agricultural Economist based at the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO)/ National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) – Namulonge. When I attained a bachelor’s degree, I worked as an assistant research fellow under Prof. Johnny Mugisha in the Department of agribusiness and natural resource economics at Makerere University. Through Prof. Johnny Mugisha, I got to know about the RUFORUM Grant on “Assessment of spatio-temporal bovine migratory routes and Transboundary animal disease infestation in Uganda”. Since I had the interest to advance my career, I applied for the scholarship

After my admission for the master’s degree, I wondered! what next? The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) had only offered a partial scholarship catering for only my tuition and part of research funds. RUFORUM scholarship covered my stipend, research balance and funds to attend the 2012 RUFORUM Biennial conference thus enabling me to complete my master’s degree.

I was able to realize my dream of becoming a good scientist in 2012 at the RUFORUM Biennial Conference. Through the facilitation to attend several conferences, RUFORUM gave me a chance to interact with a broad spectrum of scientists from whom I learnt and received positive criticism and feedback on what I was doing. Moreover, the encouragement and support from different scientists that I interacted with also spurred me on as an upcoming scientist.

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