Participation in the NEMRA Mentorship Program

Participation in the NEMRA Mentorship Program

Thank you for your interest in this program.

The NEMRA Mentorship program is a branch of NEMRA’s Training and Mentorship department whose aim is to “offer complementary services to schools of postgraduate studies in the area of research capacity building thereby increasing completion rates of postgraduate students, enhance the research culture among academics and build an intellectual group of scholars” (NEMRA 2020-2024 Strategic Plan).

The program has the following objectives:

  1. To provide an opportunity to senior academics, researchers, and practitioners across the world to work with and mentor PhD students and early career researchers based in Africa.
  2. To support efforts aimed at increasing completion rates of PhD students at institutions in Africa.
  3. To accelerate the growth of professional and competent researchers and research outputs across the continent of Africa.

Please let us know how you would like to participate by filling in this short form

https://forms.gle/57PPLW67gUCwJ1f77

A copy of the mentorship guidelines can be downloaded here for your information.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Juliet Kyayesimira

NEMRA Managing Director.

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New Year's Greetings from Alliance for African Partnership (AAP)

New Year's Greetings from Alliance for African Partnership (AAP)


Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) wishes our members, partners, and colleagues a very happy New Year! As we welcome the new year, we also want to reflect on accomplishments and achievements over the last year. Here are some of our 2021 highlights:

Looking forward to 2022, we are excited to welcome the third cohort of the African Futures scholars as we continue to support our second cohort, who are currently halfway through the program. We are also delighted to continue our AAP Public Dialogues Series with new conversations on climate change, global health, and arts and culture, kicking off in February. In addition, we will continue to support our PIRA grantees to ensure the cultivation of multidirectional and transregional research partnerships. We also plan on updating AAP Bridge to include features like events, suggestions, and file sharing. AAP will continue and expand discussions begun last year with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) about collaboration on key priorities in addressing the regional integration agenda through higher learning institutions. Finally, we are thrilled to launch the Diverse Black Africa program, a pilot program to foster new collaborations and strengthen existing ties between Black African Diaspora faculty and academic staff at Michigan State University with Black colleagues based at African universities in the AAP consortium.

 

With the new year underway, we are eager to build on our past successes and continue to co-create solutions to global challenges with our consortium members and stakeholders.

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Call for Literature Review Concepts

The Research and Innovation Community for the early career researchers in Uganda (IRIC-ECRU) project invites teams to submit concepts for desk reviews of literature on Research & Innovation in Uganda.

 

IRIC-ECRU is a project run under the coordination of an inter-university team of investigators from Makerere University, Uganda Christian University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Mutesa I Royal University.  IRIC-ECRU is in its initial stages of creating an inter-university community consisting of PhD students and early career researchers in Ugandan to synergise their research and innovations (R&I) ideas into coordinated and high quality outcomes for engagement and impact. The team operates under the umbrella of the Network for Education and Multidisciplinary Research Africa (NEMRA).

The purpose of the reviews is to identify gaps in multidisciplinary research, R&I ecosystem building as well as knowledge and technology transfer for development in the country.

Expected outputs of this exercise will be:

1. Review manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals

2. R&I ideas for IRICommunity members to develop further for funding.

Ideas may cover aspects including but not limited to:

1) R&I policy formulation 2) Human capacity building for R&I, 3) Intellectual Property Rights, 4) Research funding, 5) Technology and knowledge transfer/uptake, 6) Public engagement and impact, 7) Open science and data for R&I, 8) Academic institutions' role and practice for R&1, 9) National Research Agenda, philosophy and Development

Ideas are welcome from teams comprising of 3-5 PhD students and/or early career researchers (should have attained the PhD award not earlier than September 2015). Multidiscplinary teams are prefered. 

Information required:

  1. Team members’ full names, email addresses, institution and position.
  2. Team members’ proof of qualification (Proof of admission for PhD students and a copy of academic certificate for the early career researchers.)
  3. NEMRA membership number (For NEMRA subscribed members)
  4. Proposed topic for review with not more than 100 words description of the relevance of the topic

 

For further information and submission email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Deadline:  15/11/2020

Only 5 successful teams will be contacted by the end of November 2020 for further engangement.

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New Year Message from NEMRA

Dr. Juliet Kyayesimira
Dr. Juliet KyayesimiraManaging Director

Happy New Year 2022, May this year be a blessing to your life. On behalf of the executive, I thank you for choosing to be part of this network.

The new executive assumed office in July 2021 and have registered several achievements namely;

During the last year, NEMRA celebrated its 3rd anniversary the keynote speaker Dr. Martin Ongol of Uganda National Council of Science & Technology and he emphasised the need to equip researchers for social-economic analysis and improve on critical thinking among researchers.

The year was crowned with End of year celebrations and a colourful celebration was graced by Prof Ogwang Patrick (aka Covidex) and his dear wife Dr Lilian Ogwang. We had a wonderful end-of-year celebration, the following members were awarded NEMRA honorary membership.

  1. Prof. Vincent Kakembo
  2. Dr. Norman Mukasa
  3. Dr. Sabastain Rwengabo
  4. Dr. Peter Samuels
  5. Ms. Assumpta Tibamwenda

I congratulate the above for attaining this recognition.

NEMRA ladies breakfast meeting was graced by Ms. Assumpta Tibamwenda and her key message that researcher should stay relevant to Academia but also be usable to Government ….Consciously Sitting in the Middle Lane

A number of training activities were successfully undertaken and these include;

  • Translating research to usable products for the Government and Private sector (Held on 7th August, 2021 by Dr. Hamis Mugendawala)
  • The pursuit of intellectual property services at URSB (4th September, 2021 by Ms. Mercy Keinobwisho, Director, URSB)
  • The role of Science, Technology and Innovation for National Development, Dr. Monica Musenero Masanza, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, on Saturday 2nd October, 2021
  • Orderliness in research: Researcher's online and offline tools for keeping tabs on activities and schedules ( by Niklas Zimmer on 3rd November 2021)

Special thank you to the NEMRA coordinators

i) Research training, mentorship and development Coordinator spearheaded efforts for the development of mentorship manual and this has been approved by the NMERA Board of Directors.

ii) Research projects and publications coordinator has been the brain behind NEMRA C-19 publications that have seen members successfully publish in newspapers like new vision, daily monitor, observer, red pepper and others.

iii) Mobilization and advocacy coordinator has been a bridge-builder for NEMRA with partners like NPA, UNCST, URSB, UIA, Vitae UK, ACS and others

iv) Finance & administration coordinator has stepped up efforts for recruitment of more NEMRA members and has increased visibility of NEMRA on social platforms and uploaded previous training on YouTube Channel and other social media platforms:

Finally, the year 2022 presents fresh opportunities for each of one us as individuals and the network as a whole. We look forward to working with you.

On behalf of the Executive Committee, we wish you a new year filled with prosperity and profit! You work very hard and deserve all the best in your academic endeavors.

Happy new year 2022.

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The Inter-university Research and Innovation Community for the Early Career Researchers in Uganda

NEMRA will create an Inter-University Research and Innovation community for the early career researchers in Uganda. Based at the network's secretariat at Mutesa I Royal University in Mengo, the community will be run by a team of NEMRA members from Makerere University, Uganda Christian University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology as well as Mutesa I Royal University. The 5-year project has received seed funds for 1 year from the Makerere Research and Innovation Fund towards mentoring ECRs, holistic researcher development, R&I ideas incubation as well as conducting joint research projects.

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NEMRA 3rd anniversary celebration 25/9/2021 Theme: Accelerating quality research capacity building in Africa Keynote speaker and discussants

NEMRA will celebrate 3 years of existence on 25.9.2021 with a reflection on research capacity building in Africa. The keynote speaker and discussants have been carefully chosen for their skills and experience in researcher training, development and mentorship. Here is the lineup:. 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Martin P Ongol

Dr. Ongol is the Ag Executive Secretary at the Uganda National Council of Science and Technology. He holds a PhD in Applied Biosciences from Hokkaido University, Japan and has over 23 years of professional experience. His areas of experience include strategic planning, research management and applied microbiology.

He has held several research related positions including serving as the Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies at the University of Rwanda.

 More information about Dr. Ongol can be found here

Discussant 1

Mr. Morrison Rwakakamba

Mr. Rwakakamba is the Board Chairman for the Uganda Investment Authority. He is Harvard Kennedy School alumnus and currently heads a policy think tank; Agency for Transformation.

 More information about Mr. Rwakakamba can be found here

Discussant 2

Clare Viney

Clare is the Chief Executive Officer at Career research and advisory centre /Vitae UK. She is a Chartered Scientist and Chemist with extensive experience in the science community and not-for-profit sector. She is passionate about investing in future generations and those from diverse backgrounds and experiences, empowering people to realise their potential and achieve their career and development goals.

 CRAC manages the Vitae Programme in higher education, strengthening institutional provision for the professional development of researchers through research and innovation, training and resources, events, consultancy and membership.

 More information about Clare can be found here

Disscussant 3

Professor Sarah Howie

Prof. Howie is the Director at the Africa Centre for Scholarship and has an appointment as Professor in the Centre for Higher and Adult Education in the Department of Curriculum Studies, Faculty of Education.

 She has considerable international research experience including serving as national coordinator of a number of international studies in education and serving on international committees to design and implement international education research.

 She studied at Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, Witwatersrand (Masters) and her PhD at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Her field of expertise lies in large-scale international education assessment research as well as research methodology.​ More details about Prof Howie can be found here

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NEMRA Wall of Recognition

NEMRA was started on the Saturday 22/09/2018. As we celebrate 2 years of existance, here is the list of individuals and institutions that have been behind NEMRA's success.

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Excellent Career Opportunities at NEMRA

This is an internal advert; only NEMRA members are eligible to apply. 

NEMRA is looking for enthusiastic members to run the network's day-to-day operations. The network provides a rare opportunity to serve others and enrich your profile while at it. 

We are an independent group of early career and senior academic researchers as well as postgraduate research students from across several universities and research oriented organisations in Africa and beyond. Formed in September 2018, the network is based in Uganda and operates as a not-for-profit organisation to provide a platform for networking towards quality academic research for societal wellbeing.

Why NEMRA:

  1. The fragmented efforts to teach, carryout, manage and utilise academic research yield very little returns on investments made. The synergy in networking cannot be underestimated.
  2. Postgraduate schools are looking for ways to boost completion rates of their students. NEMRA was formed to contribute to processes that accelerate this.
  3. Universities in Africa are heavily inclined to teaching. Although teaching is important, research is core and NEMRA was formed for peer inspiration and support among academics across universities to be more involved in research.
  4. The quality of postgraduate research programming, coordination, training, management and output could be improved. There is also a lot to be done towards mentoring the early career researchers in Africa. 
  5. There is a lot of potential from universities that society is yet to tap through research.

With the help of a team of volunteers, an Executive Committee coordinates the day-to-day activities of the network. Under the leadership of the Managing Director, the committee is responsible for execution of the network's core areas of operation described in NEMRA's Strategic Plan.

If you are passionante about research for and in Africa, you are welcome to apply for any of the following positions on the NEMRA's Executive Committee:

  1. Managing Director
  2. Coordinator Finance and Administration
  3. Coordinator Training and Mentorship
  4. Coordinator Research Projects and Publications
  5. Coordinator Mobilisation and advocacy.

Details of the job specifications and job descriptions can be found here.

To apply, please fill in the application form and send it with relevant attachments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Sunday May 30th 2021.

Please note: The positions are for part-time engagement (Minimum 4 hours a week). They accrue an honorarium allowance determined by the Board of Directors following availability of funds and performance.  

 

 

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NEMRA holds first AGM and elects a Board of Directors.

NEMRA’s first AGM was held on Saturday July 4th 2020. The event was organised by the interim Board of Directors and the executive committee of directors. The network held its first elections to constitute a members’ elected board.

The following were elected in respective offices

  1. Chairperson

Professor Stella Neema:  Makerere University, Kampala.

  1. Vice Chairperson:

Dr. Medard Twinamatsiko:  Mbarara University of Science and Technology

  1. Finance Director

Dr. Christine C. Mwebesa:  Ndejje University, Kampala.

  1. Academic Institutions Representative

Associate Professor Kukunda Elizabeth Bacwayo: Uganda Christian University, Mukono

  1. Government Institutions representative

Mr. Arthur Makara:  Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation (Uganda)

  1. Practitioner/Business Institutions Representative

Ms. Jaqueline Nassimbwa: CivSource Africa

  1. Postgraduate Students’ Representative

Mr Patrick Mutabwire: Makerere University

 

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Call for applications to IRIC-ECRU Workshop on Research Funding

 We are pleased to announce the third NEMRA Co-creation workshop under the Interuniversity Research and Innovation Community for the Early Career Researchers in Uganda project; IRIC-ECRU

 IRIC-ECRU is funded by the government of Uganda through the Makerere Research and Innovation Fund. More Information about IRIC-ECRU can be found here

 This workshop will take place virtually between the 24th-27th May 2021. It will be the third of the three co-creation workshops planned on the project and will be about writing and managing research grants.

 By the end of this workshop, participants will have: 

  1. Understood the local and international research funding landscape
  2. Attained the basic skills of searching for, applying, securing and managing research grants
  3. Made significant progress on developing their concepts into proposals for submission.
  4. Obtained a network of potential collaborators to team up with to respond to calls for grant writing opportunities.  

 The programme will address a number of key themes, such as: 

  1. The local and international funding landscape. Positioning yourself for success. 
  2. The basics of proposal writing.
  3. How to write a winning grant proposal
  4. Managing project resources (people, funds, time etc.)
  5. Project reporting and dissemination of outputs
  6. The journey to winning a grant: Personal experience

 The key objective of this initiative is to establish a community of early career researchers and academics committed to supporting each other in exploiting possible funding opportunities. The aim to consequently accelerate a culture of continuous research to inform policy formulation.

 40 places are offered onto this programme.

 Please note the following formal eligibility criteria:

 1.      Participants must have an empirical idea/concept with potential for development into a funding proposal.

  1. Participants must hold at least a master’s degree (or equivalent).
  2. Participants must be based at a research inclined institution in Africa.
  3. Participants must be proficient in English.
  4. Senior lecturers and professors are not eligible to apply.

 About the Facilitators

 Dr. Peter Samuels’ profile can be found here

Dr. Medard Twinamatsiko's profile can be found here

Mr. Robert Sentamu’s profile can be found here

Assoc Prof. Doris Kakuru’s profile can be found here

 To book onto the programme, we are asking you to fill in an application form here

 For inquiries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +256 703 456854

 Deadline for applications: 30th April 2020

 

 

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NEMRA ‘s got a home

Mutesa 1 Royal University management has offered to host NEMRA indefinitely at the University’s Kampala campus in Mengo.

Part of the University’s Postgraduate and Research Centre will host the network’s secretariat, research clinic and a reading/writing group of 4-5 people twice a month.  

NEMRA is grateful to the Vice Chancellor Professor Vincent Kakembo and his team for this huge form of support to our network.

Students and academics may now plan to make use of this facility to support and collaborate with each other.

Question: When can I and my colleagues access the research clinic to offer support/consult others? We would also like to use the facility for our reading/writing retreat; we are a group of 5.

Answer: It will be open 2 days a month; on every last Thursday and Friday of the month 9:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. Book in @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Call for Applications to IRIC-ECRU Workshop on Open Science for Research

We are pleased to announce the second NEMRA Co-creation workshop under the Interuniversity Research and Innovation Community for the Early Career Researchers in Uganda project; IRIC-ECRU

IRIC-ECRU is funded by the government of Uganda through the Makerere Research and Innovation Fund. More Information about IRIC-ECRU can be found here

This workshop covering a wide array of topics relating to Open Science will take place virtually between the 22nd -26th March 2021. It will be the second of the three co-creation workshops planned on the project.

Workshop Description:

The course Open Science for Research introduces basic concepts on open science and its applicability in research. The course will explore branches of open science and zoom in on open data principles for research collaboration and innovation. The goal is to create an enabling environment for collaborative research by empowering early career researchers with knowledge and skills to access, use and share research data.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain open science and open data principles
  2. Create open data license
  3. Clean data
  4. Describe challenges and benefits of open data
  5. Access and publish open data
  6. Apply innovation principles

The workshop will address a number of key topics, including:

  1. Introducing Open Science
  2. Why Open Data?
  3. Open Data essentials
  4. Data Quality
  5. Data Cleaning
  6. Open Data Licensing
  7. Metadata for visibility and collaborative environment
  8. Challenges and benefits of data sharing
  9. Cross organisation collaboration
  10. Open Data for Innovation

The 5-day workshop will provide virtual 3 hours live training sessions every day of the workshop.

40 places are offered onto this workshop.

Please note the following formal eligibility criteria:

  1. Participants must hold at least a master’s degree (or equivalent).
  2. Participants must be based at an institution in Africa
  3. Participants must be proficient in English.
  4. Senior lecturers and professors are not eligible to apply.

 

About the Facilitators

Ms. Mahadia Tunga’s profile can be found here

Mr. Charles Bundu’s profile can be found here

Booking

To book onto the workshop, we are asking you to fill in an application form here

For inquiries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +256 703 456854

Deadline for applications: 5th March 2021

 

 

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NEMRA takes part in evaluating the 1st International Summer School on Survey Methodology in Uganda

NEMRA is taking part in evaluating activities of the 2019 1st International Summer School on Survey Methodology in Uganda (ISSU) and looking into the possibility of the 2nd school in 2021. The week-long workshop running at Bugema University from January Monday 27th- Friday 31st 2020 also includes 2 days training sessions on Institutional Data Management.

The Summer School was the first activity of the East African Scientific Research Network (EASRN); a network of 13 institutions including Muteesa 1 Royal University, Bugema University, Islamic University in Uganda, The Economic Policy Research Centre Uganda, Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Kissi University in Kenya, University of Nairobi, Makerere University, Ndejje University, Nkumba University, Wilsken Agencies Ltd, African Union of Conservationists and NEMRA. 

The ISSU was held with grant support from the VW Foundation through Dr. Simone R Haasler (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences PI), Dr. Marlene Mauk (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences Co-Applicant) and Dr. Norman Mukasa (Muteesa 1 Royal University Co-Applicant). It attracted 53 participants from 25 Universities, 8 parastatal bodies, and 5 Private Sector Organisation. The participants were from Uganda, Germany and Kenya.

NEMRA is proudly associated with this network with a vision of establishing a Data Infrastructure in East Africa and Research Capacity Building in the region. Some NEMRA members who participated in ISSU gained skills in Survey Methodology and some will be participating in the Data Management training this week. NEMRA has also formed important networks with the organisers, facilitators, participants and other stakeholders of this capacity building exercise. 

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The 2020 end of year message from the Managing Director

 

2020 at NEMRA: The year of opportunities coated with challenges.

 There was a lot of excitement in January 2020. NEMRA had a lot planned. Plans were underway to accelerate the network’s objectives towards 1) research capacity building, 2) doing interuniversity research projects and 3) mobilising more stakeholders around the NEMRA vision. We were set out to:

  1. Conduct 22 research workshops hosted by institutions within the NEMRA Mbarara and Kampala chapters
  2. Start a NEMRA Gulu chapter and conduct 6 research workshops in Northern Uganda
  3. Roll out the NEMRA mentorship programme
  4. Secure funding for and execute the research ideas developed in 2019 as well as write new proposals
  5. Increase our institutional and individual membership for a wider and stronger network.
  6. Enjoy a wide array of social events including visits to agricultural farms, women in academia breakfasts with Prof. Stella Neema, dinners and other get-together events

 

Two months into the year, we had conducted 2 research workshops in Kampala and 1 in Mbarara. The NEMRA ladies’ group had visited a farm and a pool of NEMRA mentors developed. The start to the lockdown in March slowed us down. There was a lot of uncertainty and we were concerned about our health and that of society generally.  As a network we slowly started to accept the inevitable challenges and tried to spot the opportunities therein. Members mobilised resources and provided face masks to the Uganda Police Force Crime Detection Department at a time when the government was calling upon the public to support those who were in the high risk category of contracting the corona virus. This was the first step towards picking ourselves up to keep our heads high amidst the complexities. From there on, NEMRA felt the impact of the pandemic but the pandemic did not have NEMRA.

We have in the last nine months utilised the virtual space to conduct online discussions, seminars and mock vivas for our members as well as participate in various Covid-19 response webinars. In the past, some members were restricted by distance and/or time on weekends to be part of our capacity building activities.  The virtual space brought us all together in a more convenient manner. The mentorship programme was also launched with senior academics from around the world linked to PhD students and Early Career Researchers as mentors.

NEMRA won its first grant in July to create an interuniversity R&I community for PhD students and early career researchers in Uganda (IRIC). The 5-year project started running in September. And, again the 2020 challenges motivated the team to come up with creative ways of executing IRIC. The global participation in the first quarter of the project has been way beyond our anticipation.In the picture on the right is IRIC team with the Deputy Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training at Makerere University in a partner institutions' familiarisation meeting in November.

 

A lot more happened including holding our second anniversary celebration event, conducting our 1st Annual General Meeting, constituting the first members’ elected Board, and completion of PhD programmes by a number of our members including a Board member and NEMRA’s Company Secretary. The #nemrachanged stories are delight to read. We also had many join us as subscribed members within Africa and Europe. Our invitation to those in Asia, the Americas and other continents is very wide open. 

 

We have picked experiences and lessons to carry with us to 2021. We will acquire more skills and expertise to do research and be effective researchers. We will carry out joint research projects. We will engage and impact society. And, we will stretch out to expand our network. Society needs research now more than ever before and we are going to continue to live NEMRA’s moto which is “Excellent Research for societal wellbeing”. Resilience is the guiding theme for 2021.

 

On behalf of the NEMRA Executive and on my own behalf, we wish you all a year of health, fruitfulness and impact.

Happy 2021

Dr. Loice Natukunda.

NEMRA MD

 

 

 

 

 

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2019 was a good year! Message from Anita Ashaba (Director Events)

Well done nemra for concluding 2019 last weekend with a members' end of year breakfast meeting. I am so privileged to have been part of this winning team. I look forward to more years of making a difference in the lives of postgraduate research students, academics and everyone who benefits from research indeed.

Please do us a favour and take time to write to us a testimony of your experience this year.

A list of our 2019 facilitators, sponsors and host institutions is here. We have no proper words to express our gratitude. May God extend their boundaries in 2020 and the years to come.

1. Mr. Konrad Sanyu- Searching for and managing online resources with application of zotero.

At Piato restaurant and Bishop Stuart University Mbarara

2. Mr. Joshua Byenkya - Application of Atlas.ti in qualitative data management & analysis.

At Makerere University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

3. Dr. Loice Natukunda - Making sense of qualitative data, Critical reading & writing, and effective viva defence.

At Piato restaurant, Makerere University, Bishop Stuart University Mbarara and Bugema University, Kampala

4. Mrs. Christine Mwebesa - Making sense of qualitative data analysis

At Bishop Stuart University Mbarara

5. Prof. John Mugisha - Effective research supervision.

At RAN lab, Kololo

6. Prof. Jude Lubega - Research supervision as an academic Mentorship tool.

At Bugema University, Kampala.

7. Dr. Medad Twinamastiko - Conceptualisation of research ideas.

At Ankole Western University

8. Prof. Elizabeth Bacwayo - Anniversary Keynote speech on the role of African scholars in the wellbeing of the continent.

At Uganda Christian University.

9. Dr. Edgar Nabutanyi - Writing for publication.

At Makerere University.

9. Dr. Hanifa Nabuuma - Presentation skills for academics.

At Bugema University

10. Prof. Mesharch Katusiime - Networks and collaborative relationships in research and scholarship.

At Bishop Stuart University Mbarara.

11. Dr. Ashrad Sentongo- Effective navigation of a postgraduate research journey.

RAN lab Kololo.

12. Prof. Stella Neema. Opportunities and challenges for women in academia, The academic woman: her finances and investments.

At Piato restaurant.

 

Our Sponsors

1. Prof. William Bazeyo

2. Prof. John Mugisha

3. Assoc. Prof. Doris Kakuru

4. Mrs. Christine Mwebesa

5. Assoc. Prof. Mesharch Katusiime

6. Prof. Elijah Mushemeza

7. Uganda Christian University.

THANK YOU ALL.

A document covering full technical and financial reports is available on request.

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Call for Application to the Academic Writing Workshop

We are pleased to announce the first NEMRA Co-creation writing workshop under the Interuniversity Research and Innovation Community for the Early Career Researchers in Uganda project; IRIC-ECRU

IRIC-ECRU is funded by the government of Uganda through the Makerere Research and Innovation Fund. More Information about IRIC-ECRU can be found here

This programme will take place virtually between the 11th-15th January 2021. It will be the first of the three co-creation workshops planned on the project and will be about Academic Writing.

By the end of this programme, participants will have:

  1. Obtained access to a pool of online training resources on academic writing and engaged with its content
  2. Reviewed their academic writing approach, acquired new skills or ideas to enhance aspects of their academic writing
  3. Reflected on their habits and effectiveness in academic writing and identified an action plan to build effective writing habits
  4. Gained the opportunity to extensively discuss with other ECR and share approaches & challenges with academic writing
  5. Discussed with other researchers from across institutions and disciplines about academic writing through a facilitated process aiming to initiate interactions and collaborations.

The programme will address a number of key themes, such as:

  1. Creativity in Research, Identifying and articulating research topics
  2. Writing a literature review
  3. Critical writing, Analysis, Synthesis, Argument construction
  4. Choosing the right journal, Academic writing skills, Peer review
  5. Personal development in writing, Writing tools and techniques
  6. Developing effective writing habits
  7. Creating writing communities
  8. Building resilience for writing projects
  9. Style consideration in academic writing
  10. Academic voice and going beyond academic writing to make your research contribute to society

The key objective in this initiative is to establish a community of early career researchers and academics committed to exchange and support each other with the view of anchoring researchers’ professional development as a process to build research collaboration and building research capacity.

Why invest a week in your academic writing competencies?

  1. Improving academic writing is a lifelong endeavour that does not just “happen”; it requires commitment, reflection and action.
  2. Improving your academic writing does not need to be a lonely process but it can be enriched through exchanges with other researchers.
  3. Academic writing and the successful publication of research is essential in building your academic credentials and career. As a cornerstone of academic success, committing time and effort to your professional development will be a great investment.

The 5-day programme will provide a mixture of online recorded lectures, virtual live training sessions and face-to-face writing retreats.

40 places are offered onto this programme.

Please note the following formal eligibility criteria:

  1. Participants must hold at least a master’s degree (or equivalent).
  2. Participants must be based at an institution in Africa
  3. Participants must be proficient in English.
  4. Senior lecturers and professors are not eligible to apply.

About the Facilitators

Dr Sandrine Soubes profile can be found here

.Dr Kevin Byron’s profile can be found here

To book onto the programme, we are asking you to fill in an application form here

For inquiries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +256 703 456854

 

Deadline for applications: 15th December 2020

 

 

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