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Call for Application: CARTA PhD Fellowship 2017/2018

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The University of Benin, Benin-city is joining the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA). CARTA is an initiative of eight African universities, four African research institutes, and select non-African partners. CARTA offers an innovative model for doctoral training in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen the capacity of participating institutions to conduct and lead internationally-competitive research.The multi-disciplinary CARTA program is open to staff of participating institutions who are interested in undertaking their PhD research on topics relevant to the broad fields of public and population health. University of Benin, Nigeria, in participating in the Consortium for the first time is keen to support the training of a multidisciplinary team of junior faculty members with research interests in the broad areas of pharmacovigilance. We welcome applications from any discipline, such as public health, pharmacy, clinical sciences, demography, social and behavioral sciences, communication studies, among others, as long as the research question aims to contribute to addressing a significant public and population health issue in Africa. Special consideration will be given to those whose research touch on the broad area of pharmacovigilance.

Over the medium-term, CARTA aims to produce a critical mass of high-quality graduates trained to address the complex issues surrounding health and development in Africa, retain them in the region, and provide them with a vibrant intellectual environment, as well as viable and challenging research and growth opportunities. CARTA aims to achieve reforms in higher education by:
1. Assisting universities to develop enriching and vibrant academic and research environments;
2. Supporting promising African scholars who teach at affiliated universities to obtain high-quality doctoral training in public and population health-related fields; and
3. Supporting graduates of the program to become research leaders.

CARTA is currently offering a collaborative doctoral training program in public and population health. This program has been developed in response to the great challenges faced by Africa’s institutions of higher education in addressing the training and retention of the next generation of academics in the region. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Specifically, CARTA seeks to fund candidates who will be future leaders in their institutions; that is, young, capable, and committed individuals who, in time, will ensure that their universities will be the institutions of choice for future generations of academics and university administrators wishing to make a positive impact on public and population health in Africa.

Successful applicants will attend CARTA’s innovative series of Joint Advanced Seminars (JAS) for cohorts of doctoral students admitted and registered in the participating African universities. Both the development and delivery of these courses are jointly-led by regional and international experts. The seminars consist of didactic sessions, discussions, demonstrations, and practice labs.

These activities collectively serve to:
1. Expose students to key theories and concepts, seminal readings, and research methods of disciplines relevant to public and population health;
2. Train students in critical research skills; and
3. Build and maintain a network of researchers for scientific collaborations, professional support, and mutually beneficial exchange of scientific resources.

The advanced seminars are offered four times over the fellowship period for each CARTA cohort intake. They build skills and conceptual depth from year to year. Each JAS runs for 3 to 4 weeks.

Specific topics covered in each JAS include the following:
JAS-1 builds critical thinking, technical skills, and other core research competencies, and introduce students to the essential concepts and seminal articles of the disciplines brought together under CARTA. March 2018
JAS-2 focuses on data management and analysis. Fellows learn to use software packages for qualitative and quantitative data management and analyses. Practice sessions use real research data and current software packages for hands-on training. November 2018
JAS-3 focuses on data presentation, the doctoral dissertation, and scientific writing and communication skills to facilitate results dissemination. August 2020
JAS-4 addresses professional development including curriculum design and delivery, skills to raise and manage research funds, grant writing and research management. JAS-4 is also designed to serve as an opportunity for senior fellows to practice mentoring of junior fellows through discussions and laboratory sessions, software training, and general information sharing. March 2021

During the 2017/2018 academic year, the CARTA program is planning to offer up to 28 PhD fellowships. A CARTA Fellowship, which is tenable at one of the participating African universities, includes the cost of fellows’ participation in the advanced seminars; a modest monthly stipend; small grants for research activities; a laptop loaded with relevant software; funds for travel to conferences, as well as costs for participating in joint program activities. The fellowship runs for a maximum of four years. Fellowships cover tuition fees, medical insurance, and other university fees in special circumstances only.

Partner institutions have committed to continue paying Fellows’ salaries (or equivalent) and to modify workloads for the fellows to enable them to fully participate in CARTA organized activities pertaining to their PhD program and also to concentrate on their PhD studies. Fellows are encouraged to seek supplemental funding to cover additional costs of their doctoral program.

Participating African Universities where fellow can register for their PhD
Makerere University, Uganda
Moi University, Kenya
Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
University of Ibadan, Nigeria
University of Malawi, Malawi
University of Nairobi, Kenya
University of Rwanda, Rwanda
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
University of Benin, Nigeria.

Participating Research Institutes
African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya
Agincourt Health and Population Unit, South Africa
Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), Tanzania
KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya
INDEPTH Network.

Non-African Partners
Brown University, USA.
Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR), Canada
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Switzerland
Umeå University, Sweden
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
University of Warwick, UK
ESE:O, Santiago, Chile

Eligibility

  • A Masters degree in a relevant field.
  • Prior admission into a PhD program is not required for application but awards are contingent on such admission being obtained at one of the participating African universities.
  • Applicants for this program must be teaching or research staff at one of the participating African institutions and should be committed to contributing towards building capacity at their institutions.
  • Applicants’ PhD research proposal must be related to public and population health.
  • Fellowships are only open to people who have not yet registered for a PhD or are in the very early stages (first year) of the PhD program.
  • Applicants must commit to participation in all four annual residential Joint Advanced Seminars (JASes), and to engage in inter-seminar activities designed to keep fellows actively engaged and in continual communication with peers and mentors.
  • Male applicants must be under 40 years of age and female applicants under 45 years of age.

Application Procedure
Contact Ambrose Isah ([email protected]; [email protected]; ) the CARTA local person at your institution to discuss your interest and obtain application materials. Application forms may also be downloaded from the CARTA website (www.cartafrica.org)

Submit your application to Ambrose Isah ([email protected]; [email protected]) (also email a copy of all application materials to ([email protected] ), which will conduct the initial screening process and submit successful applications to the CARTA secretariat.

The deadline for submissions is August 25, 2017.
If successful at the university selection level, the CARTA secretariat will inform and contact you to proceed to the next level.

Successful applicants at the university selection level will be expected to:

  1. Complete an online-based pre-JAS, Part I tasks
  2. A set of competency courses (August 28 – September 8, 2017) These will be available online and CARTA will send you the link.
  3. Send a full application to the CARTA secretariat. The deadline for submission of the full application is September 8, 2017.
  4. Final fellowship decision, which is independent of the university application, will be communicated by CARTA secretariat by November 1, 2017.

Fore more info, download the attached file at http://library.uniben.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/CARTA-Call-for-Applications-2017-2018_UniBen.docx

Fill out the registration form at http://library.uniben.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/CARTA-Fellowship-Application-Form-April-2017_UniBen.doc

Event Invitation: 195th Inaugural Lecture Series

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The Vice Chancellor, Professor F.F.O Orumwense, on behalf of Senate, Staff, and Students of the University of Benin, cordially invites the general public to her 195th Inaugural Lecture Series titled: “Is it a Myth or A Shift In Culture? The Environment As a Judge”.

The lecture is to be delivered by Professor George Edaghogho Eriyamremu, (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Ekehuan Campus), Professor of Biochemistry (Nutrition and Toxicology), University of Benin. 

DATE: Thursday, 3rd August, 2017

TIME:
3:30pm Prompt

VENUE:
Akin Deko Auditorium, Ugbowo Campus

Event Invitation: 194th Inaugural Lecture Series

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The Vice Chancellor, Professor F.F.O Orumwense, on behalf of Senate, Staff, and Students of the University of Benin, cordially invites the general public to her 194th Inaugural Lecture Series titled “A Hidden World: Its Impact On Us All In The Quest For Our Daily Bread”.

The lecture will be delivered by Professor Ikponmwosa Abraham Ogboghodo, Professor of Soil Microbiology, University of Benin.

DATE: Thursday 20th July, 2017

TIME: 3:30pm Prompt

Venue: Akin Deko Main Auditorium

Come one, Come all.

The 193rd Inaugural Lecture Series

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The Vice Chancellor, Professor F.F.O Orumwense, on behalf of Senate, Staff, and Students of the University of Benin, cordially invites the general public to her 193rd Inaugural Lecture Series titled “Equations Everywhere But Only The Righteous Sees Them”.

The lecture is to be delivered by Professor Vincent Uwaifiokun Aihie, Professor of Mathematics, University of Benin.
DATE: Thursday, July 6th, 2017
TIME: 3:30 pm Prompt
Venue: Akin Deko Main Auditorium

Event Invitation: life after graduation

The Guidance and Counselling Centre, University of Benin cordially invites all and sundry to a workshop for final year students of the university tagged, “Life After Graduation”.

Date: Wednesday, 7th June, 2017

Time: 10 am prompt.

Venue: Student Guidance and Counselling Centre (old Bookshop building)

Come one, come all.