MURTI Fellowship Opportunities 2018/2019

The Mbarara University Research Training Initiative (MURTI) is accepting research fellowship proposals from MUST junior faculty (PhD candidate or a Masters Student/graduate) for 2018. Proposed studies should be of no more than 18 months’ duration. Budget requests can be up to $40,000. Also, awards may be subject to “across-the-board” cuts depending on availability of funds and number of competitive applications received.

Important Dates

APPLICATION Deadline: 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 18, 2018.
AWARD DECISION: mid June,2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Actual awards cannot be made until we have IRB approval from MUST REC.

Priority Research Areas for proposals

Proposals should be framed according to the MURTI priorities and can include, but are not limited to:

  • Research contributing to the novel, evidence-based diagnostic and treatment strategies for cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in rural populations to address priority health needs
  • To develop the capacity of Ugandan junior faculty to develop novel, evidence-based diagnostic and treatment strategies for Neurology in HIV, Neurology in CVD, and Neurology in Mental Health in rural populations to address priority health needs
  • Prepare junior faculty for research careers addressing mental health disorders in rural Uganda

Applicant Eligibility

The Principal Investigators (PIs) should be MUST faculty (Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer, or Senior Lecturer); Masters level graduates (MMED, MSc, Masters in Nursing program); if students (Masters or PhD), should be near completion of their training (research level). Applicant should have a scientific mentor willing to supervise the proposed research. PhD holders and faculty with existing or past grants are not eligible to apply.

Proposals must include a Mentor who worked closely in developing the proposal and should co-sign as affirmation of approval of its content and commitment to mentoring the Fellow in study execution. Fellowship grants awarded should result in submission of publications making empirical contributions to the field within 12-18 months of study completion and, ideally, inform an extramural grant proposal submitted before or within 12 months of completion of the fellowship.

Budgetary Guidelines

We anticipate making awards of no more than $40,000 each with $20,000 per year. The MURTI fellowship is for strictly 18months, the last 6months of the fellowship are for writing a manuscript and publication of results. Fellows  may work with a team of research staff (e.g., interviewers, research assistants, data entry staff) and may pay them as justified for conduct of theproposed research. All budgets must be in US dollars; the MURTI program will not be responsible for any budget shortfall due to currency rate fluctuations. In all cases, the MUST ORA must approve all budgets before submission.



Application submission contact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Samantha Mary
Telephone: +256 784096388

Research contact
Edith Wakida
Telephone: +256 782685541