Call for Applications for PhD Training Support in Brain Health

The Makerere University College of Health Sciences & Uganda Martyrs University (UMU), Research Training and mentorship to strengthen brain health program is a five-year project, funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the Fogarty International Center (FIC). The major goal is to strengthen brain health research across the lifespan through multidisciplinary training and building a sustainable faculty and institutional capacity for research to improve brain health across the Lifespan in Uganda.


The Project is currently soliciting for applications for PhD training support for 4 years in Brain Health across the lifespan at Makerere University.


Selection criteria.

·         Must be ready to apply for PhD training with an interest in brain health or neurology mentored research.

·         Have an MMED in Internal Medicine, Paediatrics, Surgery and Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Public Health, Master of Health Services Research, MSc. Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Nursing or Masters in the Basic Sciences (Physiology, Anatomy, Biochemistry or any other related field.

·         Submit a brain health or neurology related research concept (2 page) or proposal. (An applicant with an approved research concept or proposal/registered at Makerere will have added advantage).

·         Commitment to develop and maintain a productive and building an independent brain health career.

·         Must be junior and middle-level faculty at Makerere University at a level not higher than Senior Lecturer position.


Research Programs:

The following are the broad brain health research priority areas (THEMES) and applicants are encouraged to develop research concepts in the areas of; Meningitis, encephalitis, traumatic brain injury, seizures/ epilepsy, neurodevelopmental disorders, ADHD, Autism, cerebral palsy, mental health disorders, stroke, dementias, Parkinson’s disease and nerve disorders etc. 


In addition to the formal PhD training, trainees will receive training in bio-ethics, grants and manuscript writing, implementation science, behavioral sciences research, qualitative and quantitative research methodology, data analysis and research management.


Application Process

Applicants should submit an application letter accompanied with a detailed curriculum vitae, two recommendation letters from Professional referees or mentors and a 2-page concept or full proposal addressing a brain health or neurological disease related problem.

A soft copy should be submitted to the Training Coordinator, Brain Health Project.

 Email: Closing date for the Receipt of applications is

12th, November 2020.

For more information, inquiries, and For additional advice on developing concepts, please contact the following:

Prof. Elly Katabira.;

Dr. Mark Kaddumukasa.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Deadline for Receipt of Applications is 12th, November 2020.