This scholarship will enhance Africa’s competitive advantage in the genomics research and development space, globally, by reaching and assisting young scientists as early as possible in their career.
The successful candidates will be working with the NCD-GHS team and expected to either focus on exploring the genetic epidemiology or the molecular genetics of some Non-Communicable Diseases (cancers, diabetes, thyroid disorders, parkinson’s, alzheimer’s and sickle cell)
About African Center for Translational Genomics (ACTG
The objectives of the center are to empower the next generation of African genomic scientists through the provision and implementation of grants, fellowships, and internships; enable better health outcomes by powering the discovery of disease variants which will significantly improve responses to drugs especially among African populations, and enhance therapy on the African continent by enabling individualized and precise care that utilizes patient unique genetic identity to develop new targets for medicine.
ACTG is committed to empowering the next generation of African
Aims & Benefits
Up to $4,000 is available per scholar per year for up to 4 years.
Scholarship awards may be applied towards tuition, housing, study related travels as well as other study related activities.
To be considered eligible for the ACTG Academic Scholarship, applicants are to meet the following requirements:
- Open to African graduates with a passion for research and excellent academic results.
- It is for students enrolled in full-time PhD programs and who are committed to the completion of their program within the three or four year period of their study as defined by their academic institutions.
- Applicants must be admitted to study molecular genetics or genetic epidemiology or related fields.
How to Apply
Interested & qualified should,
Follow the application procedures below;
- Statement of interest from the applicant indicating academic qualifications, research interests, his/her suitability to work with the NCD-GHS and career goals (one paragraph for each criterion). Additional information on past research projects, on-campus or off-campus activities and accomplishments that would aid the Committee in reaching its decision can also be included (max. 2 pages)
- CV of the applicant
- Research proposal summary in either genetic epidemiology or molecular genetics of any of the NCDs highlighted above (max. 4 pages)
- Letter of support from the department chair or faculty supervisor of the applicant stating the student’s academic qualifications and accomplishments, career goals, and reasons for selecting the candidate (max. 2 pages)
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Interview date, Process & Venue for ACTG Academic Scholarship
All applicants that meet the eligibility criteria at the close of the application deadline, will be shortlisted for an interview.
At the interview stage, successful awardees would be selected based on the following criteria:
- Outstanding academic record
- Applicant’s aptitude for the program and potential for genomics leadership in the future
- Student motivation