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Monday, 21 October 2019
Call for Nominations: Takeda Pharmaceuticals Innovators in Science Award - Rare Disease

Takeda Pharmaceuticals Innovators in Science Award

Focus area: Rare Disease
Internal Deadline for Complete Submissions of Nominations: 12 November 2019
Two awards, $200, 000 each

Complete nominations and queries to

The Innovators in Science Award, managed by the New York Academy of Sciences and sponsored by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, recognizes a promising early-career scientist's and an outstanding senior scientist's contributions to biomedical science and is intended to support their commitment to innovative research. The 2020 Innovators in Science Award area of focus is Rare Disease. Candidates will be required to select one primary disease category that best represents the focus area of their research.


Takeda Pharmaceuticals and the New York Academy of Sciences would like to draw attention to the urgent needs of patients worldwide affected by an estimated 7,000 rare diseases. The 2020 Innovators in Science Award will recognize scientists from around the globe for their exceptional research in Rare Diseases.

Nominee Eligibility

Please note that individuals in receipt of current or prior research support from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, or its affiliates, are not eligible for nomination. General support from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, or its affiliates, for a nominee’s institution/organization or laboratory (including donation or general funding) does not constitute a Conflict of Interest.

Early Career Scientists

The nominee must:

  • Have been engaged in active research for 10 years or less since gaining their doctorate degree or equivalent
  • Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
  • Currently hold a junior level post-doctoral or faculty position
  • Have made impactful research contributions and show exceptional promise for significant future achievement in the Award field.

Early career nominees who have taken a leave of absence during this 10-year period can qualify for an extension of the eligibility timeframe.

Senior Scientists

The nominee must:

  • Have been engaged in active research for a length of time of more than 10 years (11 years or longer) since gaining their doctorate degree or equivalent.
  • Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.)
  • Currently hold a senior level faculty position
  • Have made multiple, extensive, and impactful research contributions to advance the Award field

Required Submissions

Nominator’s Rationale for Nomination (200 words)

Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae (4 pages)

Nominee’s Research Summary (1,000 words)

Nominee’s Future Research Plan (500 words; Early-Career Scientist only)

Full-text publications and/or patents representing the nominee’s work (up to 4)

Names and email addresses for two Letter of Support writers


Evaluation Criteria

Early-Career Scientists and Senior Scientists will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

Quality: The work is reliable, valid, credible, and scientifically rigorous

Impact: The work represents a significant contribution in basic, translational, or clinical research that has impacted, or has strong potential to impact, human health through the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease.

Novelty: The work challenges existing paradigms, employs innovative methodologies or concepts, and/or pursues an original question.


Early-Career Scientists will be evaluated on the extent to which the nominee has made innovative research contributions and shows exceptional promise for significant future achievement in the Award field.

Senior Scientists will be evaluated on the extent to which the nominee has made impactful research contributions and future prospects for further significant contributions in the Award field.


Nominations and Selection Process

Only complete and eligible nominations must be sent to by 12 November 2019

UCT will nominate up to two (2) individuals per award, one (1) Early-Career Scientist and one (1) Senior Scientist (as per funder’s requirements).


More information:




Monday, 21 October 2019
The YEBO! Project - International PhD Funding Opportunities

Dear UCT PhD and Masters Students,

UCT, in partnership with the University of Montpellier, is offering access to a database of international PhD funding opportunities via the YEBO! Project.  The YEBO! Project is a capacity-building project on the internationalisation of doctoral studies in South Africa.  It was launched in 2017 and will end in November 2020, with the aim to:

  • achieve the improvement of the skills of South-African universities concerning the internationalization of PhD Studies;
  • facilitate access to information concerning funding, mobility, and administrative procedures of PhD programs;
  • increase PhD students and staff trained in the internationalization of the PhD studies;
  • promote the internationalization of PhD studies in South Africa and Europe.

UCT has 1,000 licences available to the YEBO! Project platform called Open4Research.  These will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, so if you are interested, we encourage you to register as soon as possible.  To do so, click on OPEN4YEBO and complete the required fields to secure your licence and access the database of funding opportunities.  Please note – you must use your “myuct” or “uct” email address domain to register.  Should you have any questions regarding the registration process, you are welcome to contact Amanda Bessick at


NB: Enquiries regarding individual funding opportunities available on the Open4Research platform must be directed to the appropriate contact person/people listed under that specific opportunity.

Monday, 21 October 2019
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Accelerate Hub, Centre for Social Science Research

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Accelerate Hub, Centre for Social Science Research

The Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) seeks to recruit a post-doctoral research fellow for the new adolescent research unit being established to house the UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents Hub – the Accelerate Hub. The Accelerate is co-located at UCT and Oxford University and aims to provide evidence on development accelerators for adolescents in multiple African countries, and is directed by a joint UCT-Oxford team led by Prof Lucie Cluver, Prof Lorraine Sherr, Dr Chris Desmond, Prof Cathy Ward and Dr Elona Toska.

Conditions of Award:

Eligible applicants must have completed their doctorate within the past 5 years, and may have not held any prior permanent academic posts.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a doctorate in a public health or a social science;
  • Have conducted research on adolescent health in lower- and middle-income countries;
  • Have experience in conducting quantitative studies, including fieldwork, data cleaning and analyses;
  • Experience conducting advanced quantitative data analyses using software packages such as SPSS and STATA (R preferred);
  • Have published first-authored papers in peer-reviewed publications of the field; and
  • Have presented at conferences.

The successful candidate will be required to complete the following research deliverables:

  • Plan and conduct quantitative data analyses on topics agreed with principal investigator(s);
  • Conduct literature reviews on topics related to analyses planned;
  • Support data cleaning and data management as needed;
  • Present analyses at seminars, workshops and conferences, and
  • Prepare research findings for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The candidate will work closely with Prof Lucie Cluver (University of Oxford/ UCT) and Dr Elona Toska (UCT/ Oxford).

Moreover, the candidate:

  • May not hold any other fellowships without permission of the Hub Senior Research Officer;
  • May not undertake employment of any nature without the permission of the Hub Senior Research Officer, and
  • Must comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practices for the postdoctoral sector.

 Value and Tenure:

The value of the fellowship is R350,000 - R420,000 per annum, depending on experience and qualifications, tenable for one year. Renewal for a further year may be considered and is contingent of satisfactory academic progress and availability of funds.

Application Procedure:

Eligible candidates should provide the following in ONE SINGLE PDF:

  • A letter describing research interest and the candidate’s suitability for the fellowship.
  • A CV that includes details for all conference attendance, publications and any other scholarly research output, and the names of two academic referees who have taught/ supervised the candidate at university and can speak to their data analyses skills.
  • A written sample with quantitative analyses led by the applicant.

Enquiries and completed application should be forwarded to: Sarah Walters

Closing date for receipt of applications: 25 October 2019

 Selection: Eligible applicants will be considered by a sub-committee convened by the Accelerate Hub Senior Research Officer.

Please reference “Accelerate Hub Postdoctoral Research Fellow” in the email subject line.

The University of Cape Town reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete, and/or inappropriate applications, to change the conditions of award and/or to make no awards at all.


Monday, 14 October 2019
NRF Funding for a Master’s Degree Candidate In Global Surgery

Monday, 7 October 2019
Call for Applications: MSc Project - research on TB in rhinoceros

Applications are invited for a MSc position in the Animal TB Research Group, Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics at Stellenbosch University. The position is hosted by the NRF-funded South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Animal TB.

The Animal TB Research Group at Stellenbosch University is seeking a motivated MSc student to join our group at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (Tygerberg Campus) in January 2019.  A bursary and project funding are supported by the SARChI in Animal TB.  A successful candidate must have a strong biology background, preferably with molecular biology experience.

Project: Rhinoceros infected with Mycobacterium bovis, the cause of bovine tuberculosis, has been discovered in Kruger National Park. This has resulted in movement restrictions with significant conservation impact. Large knowledge gaps regarding this infectious disease in rhinoceros exist.   This project will build upon an ongoing study investigating immunological, microbiological, and PCR assays to detect M. bovis infection, and begin to understand the epidemiology of this disease.  The candidate will develop expertise in the following techniques:  ELISA; cytokine release assays; RNA extraction and reverse transcription to cDNA; PCR and quantitative PCR primer design; real time qPCR; DNA sequence analysis; along with other methods as required. 

Requirements: The successful candidate should have at minimum an Honour’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g. veterinary sciences; molecular biology; microbiology) and a good academic record. The project would be suitable for students with a particular interest in comparative immunology, epidemiology, and infectious diseases of wildlife. The candidate must have foundational knowledge of basic laboratory techniques, immunology and molecular biology, and have good mathematical, oral and written communication skills. The student will be required to attend and participate in meetings, work in a team environment, give and take feedback from others in the research group, meet required deadlines, and be capable of working independently. Some aspects of the project may require travel, working outside normal hours and in field conditions.

Application Procedure: Applicants should send a copy of their CV, with the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 2 referees, plus a statement outlining their academic interests and their reasons for wishing to undertake this research project to either Dr Wynand Goosen ( or Prof Michele Miller ( For more information on the South African Research Chair in Animal TB see Stellenbosch Animal TB Research  and Animal TB Facebook page.

Thursday, 5 September 2019
Call for Applications for PG Diploma in Community and General Paediatrics programme 2020

Monday, 26 August 2019
Call for Abstracts for 2020 edition of the SAHR

The editors of the South African Health Review (SAHR) are pleased to announce that the call for abstracts for the 2020 edition is now open.  The theme for this edition is equitable health care for people with disabilities in South Africa.  Please help us to share this call and circulate via appropriate news feeds and mailing lists.  You can also like and share our postings on Facebook and Twitter. See documents attached and below for details.  Deadline for submissions is Thursday 31 October 2019.

SAHR Abstract Template

Monday, 15 July 2019
Call for Proposals: Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award 2019



Proposals may be submitted directly to the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (deadline: 25 October 2019, see contact details in the enclosed PDF call)


should advice and editorial support in preparing nominations be preferred, via the UCT Research Office (revised internal deadline: 1 October 2019), send all documentation except for referee reports to



This Award focuses unambiguously on excellence and exceptional scholarship. It is granted to candidates of the highest calibre to enable them to undertake a programme of cutting edge, internationally significant work. The Award carries a monetary value of R1.5 million.



  • The Award seeks to attract world-class candidates with visionary ideas based on an exceptionally well-developed grasp of a field or topic;
  • It is intended to enable scholars based in South Africa to undertake a programme of work that will ‘build the academy’ and contribute richly to intellectual life;
  • It aims to strengthen relationships and partnerships between local and international institutions and the Trust.



The Trust will consider candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • UCT researchers who are South African residents;
  • Outstanding achievers who are very well established in their field;
  • Leading international scholars with many years of advanced research and a track record of sustained intellectual effort;
  • Present a submission that describes a clearly focused and specific project that offers a ‘visionary idea’ that represents a paradigm shift in current thinking, seeks to make important discoveries and contribute significantly to new knowledge;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to transferring skills and building capacity in South Africa.


Previous applicants or short-listed candidates are eligible to apply.


Special consideration will also be given to the following points:

·       The value of the proposed work: its particular application to teaching, research and development in South Africa; its potential to push the frontiers of knowledge in the given field or area of interest; its contribution to the advancement or application of knowledge in the service of society;

·       The coherence and practicability of the proposed programme and its feasibility within the limit set for the Award and the given timeframe of approximately one year;

·       The candidate’s proven achievement and the ability to profit from the use of the Award.

  • By proven achievement the Trust would be looking for candidates who have inter alia: attracted research funding on a competitive basis; published peer-reviewed articles in high-impact journals or scholarly books through high-profile publishers; successfully supervised graduate students to completion; and secured invitations to, and seats on, international bodies and institutions



Written submissions must be supported by the following information:

·     An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (not exceeding 6 pages);

·     A complete list of publications (by way of an annexure);

·     A brief synopsis in lay terms (2 to 3 A4 pages) of the work to be undertaken, with a  written motivation explaining the reasons for the work;

·     Details of the proposed work programme, including estimated timeframes and budgetary costs (specifying the major components of the budget and associated expenses within the limit set and based on realistic needs) and commentary on the envisaged outputs and outcomes;

  • Referee reports from at least four highly-placed referees of international standing who are familiar with the candidate's work. Referees should be properly briefed about the nature of the Award and its significance so that their remarks are directed appropriately. The reports must be submitted under separate and confidential cover directly to the Trust at 


  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered by the Trust.
  • Only the complete and eligible applications will receive the required institutional endorsement for submission to the Trust.
  • The Trust will engage in a formal selection process and no correspondence on its decision will be entered into.
  • Short-listed candidates or finalists should be available for interviews late January / early February 2020.



Funds will be disbursed in two instalments – an initial payment in advance and the second at the half-way stage, on submission of a progress report to the Trust. The Fellow will be required to submit a reflective report (including commentary on the impact of the work) to the Trust within six months of completion of the programme and undertake to deliver a public lecture on the work.

Monday, 8 April 2019
Joint NAM S&T Centre - ICCBS Fellowship in Natural Products Chemistry, Drugs and Pharmaceuticals: Call for Applications for 2019-20

Joint NAM S&T Centre-ICCBS Fellowship for 2019-20

Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing

Countries ICCBS Fellowship in Natural Products Chemistry, Drugs and Pharmaceuticals:

Call for Applications for 2019-20

Enquiries and submissions must be directed to

Fellowship guidelines and application form attached or visit

The NAM S&T Centre is pleased to invite applications from suitable candidates for the Joint NAM S&T Centre - ICCBS Fellowship in Natural Products Chemistry, Drugs and Pharmaceuticals for the year 2019-20.

This Fellowship is offered to scientists and researchers of the Member Countries of the NAM S&T Centre for affiliation with the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) of the H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry and Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan [] for a period of up to 3 months to work in the areas of Natural Products Chemistry, Herbal Medicines, Drugs, Pharmaceuticals and Neutraceuticals, Molecular Medicine, Medicinal Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Structural biology, Nanotechnology, Proteomics and Genomics, Drug Research, Clinical Research etc. in order to enhance their research skills, facilitate exchange of information and contacts and create a network between the scientists and researchers from Pakistan and other developing countries. Under this scheme, The NAM S&T Centre pays the return international airfare from the home country to Karachi to the selected Fellows only from those Member Countries of the NAM S&T Centre or Members of the NAM S&T – Industry Network, which have no outstanding dues towards the annual membership subscription to the Centre. The ICCBS provides free furnished accommodation and a monthly allowance of US$250 for meals and out of pocket expenses to the selected Fellows.

Applications recommended by the parent institutions of the applicants may be submitted to the NAM S&T Centre through E-mail in the relevant format.

There is no last date for submitting applications and selection will be made on first-cum-first basis strictly based on the professional details of the applicant, plan of work to be carried out and mutual research interests of the applicant and ICCBS. Copies of the guidelines for the Fellowship and the application form are attached (also available at the Centre’s Website

Scientists from countries which are not the Members of the NAM S&T Centre, and also Pakistan, are not eligible to apply for this Fellowship. Lists of the Member countries and the NAM S&T – Industry Members of the Centre and the details of the Focal Points of the Centre in these countries/ Network Members are available at the Centre’s Website

Announcement, guidelines and application form

Application Form for NAM S&T Centre - ICCBS Fellowship

NAM Centre- CV Format

Monday, 11 March 2019



UCT internal closing dates: 10th of every month until November.

(No applications can be submitted in December.)

Please direct all enquiries to Mbasa Mguye (  

Framework Document


The Knowledge Advancement and Support (KAS) Directorate provides Development Grants in an effort to support and promote the development of new fields; as well as to re-invigorate and stimulate existing fields or subfields that may be in decline. The programme thus strives to support initiatives that examine, analyse and pave the way for the advancement of knowledge fields. Development Grants will be awarded for the development of any discipline or field of research, including those in the Social Sciences, Humanities, the Law, Natural science, Engineering and Technology.

Development activities should focus on:

  • Particular fields;
  • Interdisciplinary and/ or
  • Trans-disciplinary combinations.

Knowledge Fields Development is achieved by, inter alia:

  • Promoting active interaction between researchers within and across disciplines and knowledge fields;
  • Strengthening scientific and professional organisations of the South African research community; and
  • Strengthening networks within and beyond the South African research community.


The following activities will be funded in this grant: roundtable discussions, advisory committees, workshops; forum meetings; symposia, audits of professional associations etc., in support of the development of a field, both with the research community and with other stakeholders (government; industry; etc.).

Please see page 4 of the Framework documents for activities that will not be supported.

Special note on funding for Forums

Start-up funds will be made available to support the coming together of forums that are specifically aimed at addressing the development and/or strengthening of new, “breakaway”/spinoff fields and or emerging areas or trends that arise in the national or global interest and require specific attention. Such fora will ideally be to decide on the way forward for the new initiative, with a view to it ultimately developing into a professional body or scientific organization in its own right.

Applications for forum funding must include an exposition on sustainability of the forum into the future, as well as clearly justify how they are different from the ordinary workings of an association or society.

Support for new forums will be limited to 1 event per annum for not more than 2 years.


Funding will range from a minimum of R20,000 to a maximum of R200,000 per proposal for 2019 to cover costs for travel, venue hire, operating costs and a 10% administration levy for management or co-ordination of the event. Requests for additional items can be motivated for in the application.

The NRF will release 90% of the award amount upon receipt of the signed Conditions of Grant letter. The remaining 10% will be released upon receipt and approval of the final project report to be submitted within two months after the completion of the funded activity.


UCT researchers can apply for the grant.

Students and Postdoctoral fellows are NOT eligible to apply.


Applications must be submitted through an online application process, via

  • Register / Login using your ID number and password;
  • Go to the menu on top left of the screen and hover over ‘My applications’ to click on ‘Create Application’;
  • Click on the  icon next to ‘Customised Programmes’
  • Click on the plus (+) sign next to ‘Knowledge Fields Development Grants’;
  • Complete the application (compulsory fields and sections are indicated by a red asterisk *);
  • Please ensure that you update your student supervision record, research outputs and contact details, as required;
  • Ensure to click on the “save” button after every update.
  • Attach the necessary supporting documentation in PDF format;
  • Click on the Final submit button.

In addition, the Research Office will submit PDF versions of the final applications to the NRF.

It is of utmost importance that applicants consult the Framework document for more detailed information about the call on this link:

Please be advised that the UCT Research Office will NOT review applications submitted after UCT’s internal closing dates.