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Assessing the quality of mentorship in research environments

Assessing the quality of mentorship in research environments

The eLIFE Community Ambassadors program is interested in collecting data on the quality of mentorship for early career scientists around the world. Africa is often severely underrepresented in such surveys and there is very limited data on the experience of early career scientists on the continent. 

ASI has been approached to assist with dissemination of this survey. Please follow the attached link and complete the survey. 

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IDA 2019- Immunology Symposium and Flow Cytometry Workshop

9th IDA Symposium and Flow Cytometry workshop

Inspiring Africa through Immunology

Date: 7-12th October and 14-18th October

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Soft Skills and Leadership Training Workshop: July 21-23

Soft Skills and Leadership Training Workshop: July 21-23

In partnership with the African Science Leadership Programme, ASI is organsing a 3-day workshop as part of a joint career development and leadership initiative for early career African scientists.

The workshop, to be held from July 21-23 at the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), is aimed at providing early career scientists in the West African sub-region with soft skills needed for professional growth and career development.

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Funding Opportunities for African Scientists Vol. 2

Funding Opportunities for African Scientists Vol. 2

Dr. Daniel Muema

Additional funding opportunities are provided below.

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Funding Opportunities for African Scientists- Vol.1

Funding Opportunities for African Scientists- Vol.1

Dr. Daniel Muema

Postgraduate education can be prohibitively expensive, especially when you want to travel far and wide in the quest for new experiences before settling down to build a career in science. But the good news is that you don’t have to pay from your pocket. There are organizations out there that recognize the need to support early career African scientists with the hope that the training will impact the long-term developmental trajectory of the region. Of course, such training opportunities are also designed to strengthen the developmental, social and economic ties between Africa and the partnering developed countries, creating a win-win situation. The Africa Academy of Sciences is also pushing for home-grown funding schemes, especially for early career scientists at the postdoctoral level. I will be compiling information on all available funding programs for African scientists who intent to pursue postgraduate (master’s and doctoral) and postdoctoral training. For a start, I have described three major funding schemes for prospective Master’s students. Note that long-term planning is required to successfully apply for these schemes; the duration from starting the application process to the beginning of the Master’s program usually spans at least a year. Some of our members here have successfully gone through these programs. As such, I appeal to them to provide any additional information that they think the prospective African applicants would need to look out for when preparing their applications. I will be adding more schemes in due course, so feel free to also bring to my attention those schemes that you have found most useful.

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