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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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Book Summary: The next generation of Scientists in Africa

Book Summary: The next generation of Scientists in Africa

Dr. Musa Mulongo

In order to understand science and technology research and scholarship in Africa and our role in it, we have to make an attempt to understand the larger picture and identify what ails this sector in Africa.

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Africa needs more scientists, but...

Africa needs more scientists, but...

Dr. Yaw Bediako

Africa needs more scientists… but also needs its scientist to talk to one another- The African Science Initiative.
Since the launch of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, many countries in Africa have recorded significant improvements in a number of key development indices. Net enrolment in primary school education increased by 20% between 2000 and 2015 and maternal and all-cause child mortality have also significantly decreased over this period (MDG Report 2015, United Nations). There has also been a significant increase in funding for scientific research aimed at addressing issues faced by people in Africa, with most of this funding going towards medical research and interventions targeting AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. As a result, the numbers of HIV infected people receiving antiretroviral therapy has increased by over 14 million since 2000 and over 900 million insecticide treated bed-nets have been distributed (MDG Report 2015, United Nations).

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Why Africa Needs to Invest in Health Research

Why Africa Needs to Invest in Health Research

Dr. Alphonsus Neba and Prof. Gordon Awandare

Ten years ago, Dr Lily Paemka left Ghana for the US to pursue her PhD studies and stayed. Her talent and skills could have been lost to Ghana forever had the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) not been established. With support from the World Bank’s African Centres of Excellence project and now the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) Africa scheme, WACCBIP has set up world class research infrastructure that allows Paemka to conduct the quality research she aspires for to be recognised and established in her field. So she has relocated back home to research on a type of breast cancer that is the most aggressive among Ghanaian women.

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