Call for MUII-plus PhD Fellowships in Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases, April 2017

The Makerere University – UVRI Centre of Excellence for Infection and Immunity Research and Training(MUII-plus)

The vision of MUII plus is African institutions and African scientists leading Infection and Immunity research which is relevant to Africa and which has a transformative impact on African Health. Our goal is to realise this vision through a Centre of Excellence for Infection and Immunity research in Uganda. MUII-plus aims to support training and career development for potential and emerging African leaders in Infection and Immunity research, and to support Infection and Immunity researchers at all levels in Uganda to undertake world-class research by providing grants which support collaborative initiatives.

Infectious diseases still represent a major health burden in Africa. Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases threaten the fabric of society. East Africa (Uganda in particular) has experienced important outbreaks of conditions such as Ebola, Marburg and Rift Valley Fever. Several viruses of global importance have been identified first in Uganda, partly because of the characteristics of the environment and wealth of life that it supports, including reservoirs and vectors, and partly because of the work and expertise of scientists at Uganda’s leading research institutions. MUII-plus is interested in supporting research in this important area and has ring-fenced funding to support two PhD fellows for this purpose.

We recognise that “emerging and re-emerging” is a difficult term to define. For the purpose of this call we include the following:

* Haemorrhagic Fever Viruses

* Rift Valley Fever

* Coronavirus infections (e.g. SARS, MERS)

* Other emerging zoonoses (e.g. Henipaviruses)

* Arboviruses (e.g. Zika, Chikungunya, Yellow Fever and others)

* Avian influenza

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Sub-Saharan African Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics (SSACAB) PhD Scholarships

The Sub-Saharan African Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics (SSACAB) training, a
consortium of twenty African and northern institutions with the University of the Witwatersrand as the lead; and KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programmes, Universities of KwaZulu-Natal,Northumbria University and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as co-applicants,has secured funding from the Wellcome Trust/AESA through the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS Africa). The full list of participating institutions is listed below.

The funding will cover fellows undertaking a PhD programme in Biostatistics in
participating training institutions to develop and improve biostatistical skills among researchers, with an ultimate goal of creating research nodes of excellence to grow the discipline and a biostatistical network to nurture researchers with advanced skills and expertise. The consortium is therefore calling for full-time scholarship applications for PhD degrees. 

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