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Dear Centre Leaders,
We hope you have had a good week.
We have the following items for your attention:
  • Fellowships, funding opportunities
  • icddr,b and collaborators win US$ 2.5 million for new research on nutrition, childhood development and WASH
  • Fathers supporting exclusive breastfeeding
1.  Fellowships, funding opportunities
Please find below fellowships and postgraduate courses for your consideration:
•    A scholarship for African scientists
The Africa London Nagasaki Scholarship Fund has been set up to support African scientists building a career in infectious disease research.

 The scholarship will allow African researchers to undertake an MSc in a subject relevant to the control of infectious disease in the developing world at either the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University, Japan (NEKKEN) or at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK (LSHTM). Successful applicants will receive a maximum of US$50,000 each to cover tuition fees, travel and living expenses. The fund will support up to four scholarships per year.

 Applicants must be of African nationality and normally be resident in sub-Saharan Africa. They must have a first or upper second class BSc degree (or equivalent) in a relevant area and will usually have at least two years prior research experience. Candidates who apply to study in Japan must have a medical qualification and at least two years of clinical experience.

 More details about the nature of the scholarship fund, eligibility criteria and on how to apply can be found on

Application deadline: 30 September 2016

•    TWAS Fellowships for Research and Advanced Training 2016
 The fellowships are offered to young scientists holding at least an MSc or equivalent degree.
 For details:
Application Deadline: 1 October 2016.
•    TWAS-ICIPE Postgraduate Fellowship Programme
The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya, and TWAS offer three fellowships per year to young scientists from developing countries (other than Kenya) who wish to undertake their PhD studies in Kenya (duration up to 3 years).
For details:
Application Deadline: 15 September 2016.
 •    Gates Cambridge Scholarship - Non- US Scholars-Life Sciences
Gates Cambridge considers applications from citizens from outside the United Kingdom who wish to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. 
Deadline: 7th December 2016
For details:
NB: Applications currently closed. Applications will open on 5 September 2016 for entry in October 2017
News from our member centres
1.   icddr,b and collaborators win US$ 2.5 million for new research on nutrition, childhood development and WASH
icddr,b and its collaborators have won US$ 2,500,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a new research project on integration of nutrition, early childhood development, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

The project titled “Research on Integration of Nutrition Early Childhood Development WASH (RINEW)” aims to optimise growth and development of children living in impoverished communities by empowering community health promoters to deliver an integrated cost-effective package of interventions.

The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) is an INDEPTH member centre in Bangladesh. Read more
2.   Fathers supporting exclusive breastfeeding
A new paper from Chililab HDSS titled “Changes in knowledge, attitude and involvement of fathers in supporting exclusive breastfeeding: a community-based intervention study in a rural area of Vietnam” has been published in the International Journal of Public Health.

The paper noted that the community-based education model should be maintained and considered for conducting further test in wider application to mobilise fathers in supporting exclusive breastfeeding.
The Chililab HDSS is an INDEPTH member centre in Vietnam. Read more
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