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Fellowships for African researchers announced

The fifth call for applications for the African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships (ADDRF) has been announced. The 2012 ADDRF seeks to: facilitate more rigorous engagement of doctoral students in research, strengthen their research skills, and provide them an opportunity for timely completion of their doctoral training. The fellowship is aimed at doctoral students with strong commitment to a career in training and/or research. The overall goal of the ADDRF program is to support the training and retention of highly-skilled, locally-trained scholars in research and academic positions across the region.

The ADDRF will award about 18 fellowships in 2012. These fellowships will be awarded to doctoral students who are within two years of completing their thesis at an African university. The intitiative is from the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), in partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In this phase of funding and in consideration of IDRC’s health programming priorities, candidates whose dissertation topics address health policy or health systems issues will be given special consideration. The Program has also reserved three fellowships especially for doctoral students conducting research on health inequities in urban areas or the reproductive health of marginalized urban communities. These three fellowships are funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The deadline for submission of applications is the 15th January, 2012.

Both the call and application form can be obtained at

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