Raising the profile of research for health among young Kenyans
The Fourth National Call for Research Internships (2011-2012)
The Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR)
This is a Kenyan nongovernmental organization whose mission is to contribute to the strengthening of national research for health in Kenya.
This is done by providing support for multidisciplinary research to individuals and institutions, and engaging policy makers in formulation of health research policies that are evidence based.
The Consortium also contributes to the building of networks and communities in research for health.
The Internship Programme;
CNHR sponsors an annual research internship exposure programme that enables young graduates to make informed choice of pursuing a life-long career in research.
The third class of ten interns (2010-2011) successfully complete their training in September, 2011. CNHR will offer 10 competitive scholarships for a maximum period of six months (January to July, 2012). The successful interns will benefit from close mentorship and supervision by senior researchers in various institutions across the country.
Some of the selected interns will have hands-on experience in multidisciplinary settings; others will work in laboratory/field conditions and be exposed to modern approaches of research using sophisticated diagnostic or analytical equipment, health systems research environment etc.
Applicants invited from medical, biomedical science and social science disciplines: Applicants are invited from both public and private universities. Young doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, biomedical, social sciences, graduates who have an interest in research for health are encouraged to apply
Thematic Focus for 2011-2012
As part of the application, candidates will be required to submit an essay of not more than 1250 words on a topic related to the upcoming UN Summit on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The essays should describe approaches for Strengthening Communities to halt Preventable Deaths from NCDs.
Within this topic, applicants are required to identify and describe one strategy that enables communities cope and manage the rising incidences of cancers, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, etc. A panel of eminent researchers will evaluate the submissions and winning entries will be considered for publication.
Beyond being supported for internship, exceptionally performing candidates may be considered for award of further training scholarships at Masters and/or PhD levels.
The successful interns must satisfy the following criteria:
Be Kenyan citizens;
Be a recent (past three years) first degree graduate in any of the medical/biomedical or social sciences disciplines from a recognized university
Have a minimum of an upper second (or credit for non-classified first degrees).
Have no previous health research internship experience for a period greater than 3 months.
Be not currently employed.
Medical and allied health professionals (medical doctors, dentists, pharmacy, nurses etc) should have completed their respective professional internship
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