The Second National Call for Application of Research Internships (2009-2010)

The Second National Call for Application of Research Internships (2009-2010) The Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR): This is a Kenyan non-governmental 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. Raising the profile of science among young Kenyans: One of the ways the Consortium aims to strengthen national health research is to facilitate the training and retention of young scientists, who are able to generate and use research findings within a multidisciplinary environment. This is done at different levels of career progression. To this end, CNHR has initiated a national Internship Programme aimed at exposing young graduates to the option of choosing a life-long career in research.

 The inaugral class of ten interns (2008-2009) successfully completed their training in July, 2009. 10 scholarships available for a six months research internship: Under its 2009-2010 Internship Programme, CNHR will offer 10 competitive scholarships for a maximum period of six months (January to June 2010). 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. Applicants invited from medical, biomedical, science and social disciplines: For purposes of raising the profile of science among a wide cross section of young graduates, applicants are invited from both public and private universities. Young doctors, pharmacists, nurses, biomedical and social science graduates who have an interest are encouraged to apply. The successful intern applicants are expected to be enthusiastic and motivated young graduates who understand the place of health research in the development of Kenya. They should be willing to dedicate their time working in field and/or laboratory research conditions, and should be conversant with the use of computers and the Internet as source of research information. Eligibility: 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. Application procedure Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by completing the Application form, giving preferred Research areas as guided by the prospectus and the form.

 Application forms and the prospectus are available at Submission: Duly completed electronic application forms should be submitted online, or by email to [email protected] Applications must be received by end of working day, Wednesday 30th October 2009. Only successful applicants will be contacted. For any clarifications, please contact [email protected] Visit for details of CNHR and its programmes CNHR is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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