Call for Applications: IMMANA Postdoctoral Fellowships on Agriculture, Nutrition and Health

Call for Applications

Postdoctoral Fellowships on Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA Fellowships)(led by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University)

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Objective: To accelerate the development of innovative and interdisciplinary methods, metrics and tools to advance scientific understanding of the linkages between agriculture and food systems, health, and nutrition outcomes, and thereby inform policy and programmatic actions in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

Funding available: Six one-year postdoctoral research fellowships, in four rounds (2015-2018), with stipends for fellows and two mentors.

Who can apply: Researchers who have completed a doctoral degree in any field related to agriculture, nutrition or health research and practice, and are seeking a career in research, education, and engagement at the intersection of two or more of these fields. Eligible candidates must have received their doctorate within 3 years of their proposed fellowship start date. Applicants may be of any nationality and have earned their doctorate anywhere, but IMMANA strongly encourages applications from female candidates, who are citizens of low- and middle-income countries, particularly those who have research or faculty appointments in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. At least one of the fellowship project’s two mentors must be located in Africa or Asia. Fellowship duration is 12 months and is not renewable.

Deadlines for 2015-16 Fellowships:

  • Submission of concept memos: 10 January 2015
  • Submission of full proposals: 1 March 2015
  • Notification of applicants: 1 May 2015
  • Start dates for fellowships: 1 June – 31 December 2015

More about IMMANA Fellowships
More about IMMANA Grants (closing: 21 November 2014)
More about the IMMANA programme

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Apply for Researcher Links Travel Grants for One to Six Months Research Visits

Key dates

Deadline for applications – 30 September 2014 (There will be an additional call for travel grants and workshop grants under Researcher Links – Newton Fund in October)

Research visits funded by successful travel grant applications must take place before 31 March 2016

About this opportunity

The British Council, working with the Higher Education International Unit, have opened a call for proposals for travel grants under the Researcher Links initiative, as part of the Researcher Links – Newton Fund, and separately as Researcher Links.

Researchers based in the UK and one of the partner countries may apply to spend up to 3-6 months (depends on the host country) in a research institution, either in the UK (if researcher is based in a partner country), or one of the partner countries (if researcher is based in the UK). For further information on the specifics of the call, please read the guidelines document (there is one set of guidelines for both Researcher Links – Newton Fund and Researcher Links partner countries).

Partner countries under Researcher Links – Newton Fund: Egypt, Kazakhstan, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam

Partner countries under Researcher Links: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea

Please note this is one call with two sets of eligible partner countries. Please use the same guidelines document and application form for both.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be based in the UK or one of the partner countries identified above. There is no restriction on nationality.
  • Only one application can be made per person to/from either Researcher Links – Newton Fund, or Researcher Links partner countries. The same person cannot apply to/from both Researcher Links – Newton Fund and Researcher Links countries.
  • In some partner countries this call is restricted to early career researchers, defined as having a PhD and up to 10 years post-doc experience. Consideration is given to those researchers with more than 10 years post-doc experience that have taken a career break. For specific details of who is eligible per country, please see the guidelines document.
  • Applicants must have already been awarded a PhD, and PhD students are not eligible.
  • A PhD is not a requirement to research in some fields, in these cases equivalent experience will be acceptable.
  • Some partner countries may have priority areas of research, and in these cases applications will be restricted to researchers in these fields. Please check the guidelines document for country specific restrictions.

How to apply

Before applying please download and read the guidelines document from the downloads section below. Once ready you can apply here (one application form for both Researcher Links – Newton Fund and Researcher Links partner countries).

If you have any technical problems with the online application form, please contact UK-researcherlinks@britishcouncil.org

You can see the questions in the application form before applying in the PDF in the downloads section below.

For advice on applying to funding schemes, read this article from the British Council Director, Science and Research.

Application form

Downloads

Source: http://www.britishcouncil.org/education/science/current-opportunities/travel-grants-2014

PhD Training Opportunities under the RUFORUM – Graduate Teaching Assistantship Program

PhD Training Opportunities under the RUFORUM – Graduate Teaching Assistantship Program

Online Application Now Open

The RUFORUM Secretariat announces the availability of 63 PhD training opportunities under the GTA for the academic year beginning September, 2014. Potential applicants who are teaching staff at RUFORUM Member Universities are invited to submit applications to the RUFORUM Secretariat. Click here to read more

To apply for the Graduate teaching Assistantship online. Carefully follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit the RUFORUM Information Management System and create an account. The link is: http://rims.ruforum.org/
  2. You will then click to apply for a scholarship
  3. Ensure you pick the correct scholarship call ID which is: GTA  2014
  4. In the employment history ( professional responsibilities section)  of the online form give information on your teaching experience and list the courses that you have taught
  5. The name of the university on the online form refers to the university that you are applying to (host university)
  6. In the reference section ensure that you also upload the letter of nomination from your university. This letter of nomination must include information on the following;
    • Number of years of service at the sending university
    • Confirmation of support for travel, stipend, medical insurance, research funds
  7. On the online form you can ignore the following questions
    1. Tuition component within the  funding question
  8. Other attachments to be uploaded on the online form include:
    1. Degree Certificates
    2. Reference letters
    3. Research concept note
    4. Birth certificate

In case of questions please contact: s.chindime@ruforum.org


[1] The GTA was initiated by 42 African Vice Chancellors whose universities are members of RUFORUM.

PhD Training Opportunities under the RUFORUM – Graduate Teaching Assistantship Program

Over the years, universities in Africa have sought opportunities to send their staff for post-graduate training abroad in a bid to strengthen research and training, at very high costs. The loss of faculty for 4 to 5 years has negatively affected universities. In order to meet the growing demand for Doctoral level scientists in Africa, the Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) programme was initiated by RUFORUM Vice Chancellors[1]to improve the quality of higher education at African Universities by increasing the proportion of academic staff with PhD qualifications, contributing to locally relevant research and reducing the time away from the home institution. The initiative was officially launched by the African Union Commissioner for Human Resource, Science and Technology, H.E. Dr Martial De Paul Ikounga on 25th July 2014 at Maputo, Mozambique during the RUFORUM Fourth Biennial Conference. The specific objectives of the GTA are to:

Improve the quality of higher education and increase the pool of PhD-level trained academic staff in African universities;
Provide opportunities for the doctoral research to contribute more directly to African development
Strengthen inter- university collaboration in the field of higher education in Africa; and
Promote staff mobility among RUFORUM member universities, and across Africa.

The RUFORUM Secretariat announces the availability of 63 PhD training opportunities under the GTA for the academic year beginning September, 2014. Potential applicants who are teaching staff at RUFORUM Member Universities are invited to submit applications to the RUFORUM Secretariat. Click here to read more