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African Centers for Advanced Training in Neuroscience | IBRO-ARC Neuroscience Schools | IBRO-ARC Bursaries | Diversity GrantsTeaching Tools Workshops | Global Advocacy

AFRICAN CENTERS FOR ADVANCED TRAINING IN NEUROSCIENCE

Building upon the success of the IBRO Africa Schools Program and explicitly focusing on excellence in training, teaching and research, IBRO has established centers of excellence at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and Mohammed V University (Rabat, Morocco). Each center aims to host a school for African neuroscientists twice per year. Please see here for more information.

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IBRO-ARC NEUROSCIENCE SCHOOLS

IBRO-ARC accepts proposals for IBRO-ARC Schools from IBRO-ARC and SONA members as well as other African neuroscience organizations. In 2016, schools have been organized in Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Mozambique, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

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IBRO-ARC BURSARIES

Grant amount: Up to €4,000 per person

*2016 IBRO-ARC Bursary Awardees*

The IBRO African Regional Committee (IBRO-ARC) offers awards of up to €4000 each to young African researchers who have graduated with a PhD or equivalent degree (in fundamental or clinical research) and who have demonstrated their ability to carry out independent research.

Potential candidates should look for a host institution (within Africa or abroad) and provide a research proposal and detailed information on how the funds will be spent. Selection criteria include academic credentials of the applicant and the host, as well as quality of the research proposal (complete with a structured research plan).

Strong justification must be provided ensuring the applicant will return home after the exchange, in addition to an explanation of how the newly gained knowledge and skills will be used to advance neuroscience research in their home country.

Eligibility

The candidate should be:

- resident in Africa
- 45 years or younger
- have published significant research achievements in fundamental or clinical neuroscience

Application Deadline: February 

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DIVERSITY GRANTS

Grant Amount: Up to €1,000 per proposal

IBRO-ARC awards IBRO member societies in Africa, members of the Society for Neurosciences in Africa (SONA) and any interested individual or organization committed to promoting diversity and/or women in African neuroscience, to submit program proposals for diversity grants.

Successful proposals clearly define how they will support and promote diversity and/or women’s participation in African neuroscience through activities or events taking place in Africa.

Proposal requirements:

- One-page summary describing proposed activity
- dates and venue
- explanation of expected outcome
- budget proposal 

Priority will be given to innovative strategies that promote mentoring, networking, and the development of collaborations and partnerships.

The successful applicants will be required to send a program, a list of participants and a report on the proceedings identifying how diversity and/or women in African neuroscience were supported and promoted. Photos of the event will also be requested for publicity purposes.

Each awardee will receive up to 1,000 euros. This amount is to be used to cover the event/activity and participation expenses.

Please send any inquiries to Dr. Angelina Kakooza at changes_2000@hotmail.com.

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TEACHING TOOLS WORKSHOPS

The IBRO-ARC Teaching Tools Workshops provide tools and a framework for teaching neuroscience in African countries. Stand-alone basic neuroscience modules are presented in a way that can be integrated by teachers into a variety of curricula and into various teaching contexts. The theory and practice of effective pedagogy in neuroscience are also covered with the goal of enhancing students’ learning outcomes. 

Who should apply to this Workshop?

This course is designed for young faculty who have been teaching an aspect of Neuroscience (such as Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Neuropharmacology) on the African continent for less than 5 years, although those with more experience will be considered. Applicants should be actively engaged in teaching a Neuroscience-related subject and will be required to present one of their lectures during the Workshop.

What costs will be covered for selected applicants?

Travel, Room and Board

Please send any inquiries to Dr. Sharon L. Juliano at sharon.juliano@usuhs.edu.

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GLOBAL ADVOCACY SEED GRANTS

Grant Amount: Up to €5,000 per proposal

IBRO-ARC awards global advocacy seed grants to support neuroscience societies, groups and organizations in Africa that would like to conduct advocacy events and activities in their local areas. Up to €5,000 is awarded to each successful proposal. The events and activities should address the specific needs of neuroscience advocacy in the country where they are being held. They can include public lectures, brain awareness fairs, conferences, educational symposia for policymakers, educators and the public, videos or multimedia products to increase awareness, etc. Please note that Global Advocacy Seed Grants are NOT for Research Projects or Fellowships.