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UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit (MARS) for African PhD Students 2017

UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit (MARS) invites abstracts from final year African PhD students and young investigators involved in research related to both Cancer specially in Women and Vaccines Development.

Application Deadline: 30th August 2017

Eligible Countries: African countries

To be taken at (country): 

About the Award: UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit-MARS aims to bring together researchers from across Africa to discuss the generation, sharing and dissemination of research data and to preparefor the road ahead in Africa’s development as an international hub for research excellence and scientific innovation.

The annual Summit aims to contribute to building research capacity in the African research community, with special focus on “The Role of Scientific Research in responding to Cancer and Vaccines Development-Two emerging challenge in Africa”. The Summit will also showcase innovative research taking place in projects, programs and initiatives across African universities, and by the wider African research community.

On other note the organizing committee will launch the “Best Young African Researcher Award” and the “Best African Woman Researcher Award” to recognize the outstanding contribution of African female scientist with aim to promote women in research and advance their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

The annual Summit- UNESCO-MARS will address the vital role of research in the improvement and sustainable development of population health with specific emphasis on how to translate knowledge into action-the ‘know-do gap’- to improve health and make an impact on society.

Type: Events and Conferences, Contest

Eligibility: All should be primarily based at African research institutes and Universities, although collaboration within Africa as well as outside is encouraged. All abstracts will be peer reviewed.

Selection Procedure: 

  • All abstracts will be peer reviewed and 100 winners will be eligible for Sponsorship.
  • First three winners will be eligible for further number of Research Awards.
  • Further Research Award will be dedicated for Best African Women Researchers

Value of Program: The summit is a unique opportunity for Africa’s young and talented scientists to share their research output and findings with the top echelon of scientists from Africa and abroad. It is also an opportunity for networking and career development. The Summit will presents a platform where young and female scientists will be able to discuss the enabling environment for better research among others.

Duration of Program: 28th –  29th November 2017

How to Apply: Apply Now

Submit your paper on [email protected]

Visit Program Webpage for details

Award Provider: UNESCO (United Nations educational, scientific and cultural organization), African Union Scientific,Technical and Research Commission (AU-STRC), the University of Cambridge, UK, University of Rome and Merck.

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