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Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence in East Africa (THRiVE) and Post Doctoral Fellowships in Health Research

Applications are invited for a new programme of PhD and post-doctoral fellow¬ships run by a Wellcome Trust-funded consortium of East African Universities (Makerere University, Gulu University, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre and the National University of Rwanda) and Research Institutes (International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Kenya (ICIPE), the National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) at Mwanza in Tanzania, and the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), together with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the University of Cambridge.
This new scheme is aimed at supporting the most promising young East African scientists who wish to undertake rigorous research training.
Successful applicants will develop their potential to become research scientists within a structured and mentored training environment. The focus of the programme is on research training relevant to East Africa, and research projects will be carried out in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya or Rwanda. Research areas within the broad field of health research will be considered (including, but not limited to, basic or clinical science, epidemiology or social science). Fellowships allow for sandwich attachments in the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and University of Cambridge, UK.
PhD fellowships will be for four years, with up to one year overseas. PhD degrees will be undertaken at one of the four East African Universities in the consortium. Applicants will be expected to hold a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

Post-doctoral fellowships will be for two years, with up to eight months overseas. Applicants will be expected to have recently completed their PhD and projects should be designed to develop the applicant’s poten¬tial to -compete, in future, for international research funding.
Applicants for both PhD and post-doctoral fellowships must show a commitment to pursuing an academic, research career in East Africa.
Support includes a stipend or salary, fees (for PhD fellowships), research expenses, and travel costs.
Applications must be submitted through the consortium website: and should consist of the completed preliminary application form with address, e-mail address and daytime telephone contact number; and supporting letters from two professional referees, together with their telephone numbers, addresses and e-mail addresses. Closing date for the receipt of applications is 18th June 2010.
Further particulars can be obtained from the Admin¬istrator of the THRiVE consortium at Makerere University (, +256 414 530021)

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