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  • How multilingual are we? A survey of African Languages used in the Faculty of Health Sciences


    The Centring African Languages to Decolonize Curricula (CALDC) project invites you to participate in a voluntary research study about the linguistic proficiency in African languages among staff and students in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town.

    The purpose of this study is to collect useful demographic information from and of people in the Faculty of Health Sciences that speak and use African home languages. This demographic information will help in developing clear strategies to strengthen the development and use of African languages in for teaching and learning. Participation in this study will involve completing a 27-item online language history questionnaire. Duration to complete the survey is approximately 20 minutes. Participation in this study is free and voluntary with no monetary compensation. Participants are free to withdraw from the study at anytime.

    Who is eligible?
    - Academic staff and students. For this study academic staff refers to all members of the faculty employed in an educator capacity by the University of Cape Town, therefore have UCT email addresses.

    - Students refer to all those who are registered as students in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

    Complete this survey and stand a chance to win 1 of 4 pairs of crocs! Entry into the draw
    is only through successful completion of the survey! Don’t miss out!

    Please find the survey here.

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement:  Wellcome Trust Awards 


    The Wellcome Trust seeks to fund researchers addressing important questions relating to life, health, and wellbeing, with creative approaches that push boundaries. Applications are requested from researchers through innovative projects, that will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health, and wellbeing.  

    Two grant schemes are available: 

    • Early-Career Awards scheme, for researchers ready to develop their research identity 
    • Career Development Awards scheme, for researchers with the potential to be international research leaders 

    Research proposals may be in any discipline - including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), experimental medicine, humanities and social science, clinical/allied health sciences, and public health - as long as it has the potential to improve human life, health and wellbeing, and aligns with the Wellcome Trust’s funding remit.   

    Award details:   

    • Early-Career Awards scheme:  
      • Grants are available for up to five years and applicants may request salary and up to £400,000 for research expenses. 
    • Career Development Awards scheme:  
      • Grants are available for up to eight years and applicants may request salary (if required) and the resources required for their research programme. 

    Funder deadlines (3 deadlines per year): 

    • Early-Career Award: 15 February, 21 May & 01 October 2024 
    • Career Development Award: 11 April, 25 July & 26 November 2024 

    Please find the full call for the Early-Career Award opportunity here, and for the Career Development Award opportunity here. 

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement: NIHR Global Advanced Fellowship 


    Funding Opportunity Announcement: NIHR Global Advanced Fellowship | 11 July 2024

    The UK-based National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is launching a new annual Global Advanced Fellowship scheme, aimed at postdoctoral researchers at all levels. The scheme aims to create a sustainable pathway to research leadership for global health researchers working in Low- and Middle-income countries (LMIC) and the UK. The Global Advanced Fellowship scheme will support any field of applied global health research for the direct and primary benefit of people living in LMICs eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA).


    To be eligible for an NIHR Global Advanced Fellowship you must:

    • Hold a relevant PhD or postgraduate medical research degree, or have submitted your thesis for examination at the time of application. You must have been awarded your PhD or postgraduate medical research degree by the time you attend interview. 
    • Not already hold a Professorship/Chair at the point of application.
    • For clinical applications: have completed relevant pre-registration training.
    • Be employed by a Higher Education Institution (HEI) or Research Institute in a LMIC or a HEI in the UK
    • Be conducting research that directly and primarily benefit patients and the public in countries on the OECD DAC list.


    Award details:  

    • Up to £750,000 funding towards the salary costs of the individual, and the costs of an appropriate research project and training and development programme.
    • Project duration of 2 to 5 years Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) in duration and may be taken up on a part-time basis between 50% and 100% WTE.

    Funder Deadlines:   11 July 2024

    Please read the full announcement here.