Workshop Title: Towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) - promoting and responding to Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (MNCAH)

Coordinators: Prof Priscilla Reddy, Human Sciences Research Council (SA), Dr Kalipso Chalkidou, Imperial College London (UK), Prof William Macharia, Aga Khan University Kenya (Kenya)

Discipline: Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health

Dates and venue: 18th – 22nd September 2017, Johannesburg/Pretoria

British Council Researcher Links provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and internationally to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations. As part of this programme, we are now recruiting early career researchers to participate in the above workshop.

The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshop early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of chalk board presentations and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and partner countries. There will be a focus on building links for future collaborations and participants will be selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.

Workshop Theme:

MNCAH services can be fragmented, poorly coordinated and uneven in quality in South Africa and Kenya. Inequalities and poor services interact adversely, resulting in high levels of mortality, over/under-nutrition, risk behaviours and mental health problems.The programme, ‘British Council Researcher Links’, will provide opportunities for early career researchers from the UK, South Africa and Kenya to interact, learn from each, share research expertise, network and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations for health systems research, leveraging on innovative technology.

As part of this programme, we are now recruiting early career researchers to participate in the above workshop. 

During the workshops, early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a poster/short oral presentation and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and partner countries. There will be a focus on building links for future collaborations as participants are selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to establish longer term links.

Application and Deadline:

The full application below must be completed and submitted by the 30th June 2017 to newtonapp@hsrc.ac.za

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form 
  • Application must be submitted before the above deadline
  • Participants must be early career researchers: Early career researchers are defined as an individual who has been awarded his or her PhD not more than 10 years prior to the workshop, or is currently near completing their PhD. Allowances can be made for career breaks. 
  • If a researcher does not hold a PhD, but has research experience equivalent to a PhD holder and works in a field where a PhD is not a pre-requisite for established research activity, they can still be considered eligible.
  • They are equivalent to the ‘Recognised Researcher’ and sometimes ‘Experienced Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers’ careers. http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/pdf/research_policies/Towards_a_European_Fr...
  • Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc.) at a recognised research institution either in the UK, South Africa or Kenya.
  • Please note that participants are expected to attend and contribute to all sessions of the workshop. 

Quality Assessment:

  • Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop
  • Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop based on level of pre workshop electronic participation and responsiveness to communications
  • Description of the long term impact expected through the participation in the workshop 
  • Ability to contribute to expected workshop outcomes

 Selection Procedure:

  • Eligibility check
  • Quality assessment 

Notification of results:

Applicants will be notified by email 2 months prior to the workshop

Equal Opportunities:

Equal opportunities and diversity are at the heart of the British Council’s cultural relations ambitions. While recognising that some research fields are dominated by one particular gender, co-ordinators are encouraged to work towards an equal gender balance, promote diversity. They must not exclude applicants on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, or disability. Participants’ selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy. Extra support to enable participation of early career researchers with special needs will be given. 

Costs:

The British Council and the Newton Fund will cover the costs related to the participation in the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. Costs for the visa will also be covered; however participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements. Although this cost will not be covered by the British Council, participants are encouraged to purchase adequate travel and medical insurance. The British Council accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur when the participants are in-country.