Call For Applications – Higher Institute for Growth in Health Research for Women Researchers

Photo: Gates Foundation

Photo: Gates Foundation

In collaboration with the World Health Organization’s Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, a consortium of women researchers in Cameroon is planning a workshop that aims at supporting and encouraging the growth of early career women scientists through a project supplemented with a mentor-protege program.

The workshop is scheduled to run from 31st August – 4th September 2015. During the five day workshop, the institute is expected to;

  1. Teach early-career women how to create a plan for obtaining leadership positions.
  2. Highlight the challenges of building a career in health research and devising methods for overcoming these challenges.
  3. Establish a structured and sustained mentor/protégé program

Organizer : A consortium of women from academic institutions and research organizations led by Prof Rose Gana Fomban Leke, Head of the Laboratory of Immunology, Biotechnology Center of Nkolbisson, University of Yaounde 1

Application Requirements: Applicants should be early career women scientists working in the ten regions of Cameroon in the field of health research with at least three years of experience.

Potential applicants should compile and send the following by email to cc

  • CV (One page)
  • A letter of motivation stating your views on your career development as a woman scientist (one page)
  • A personal plan/perspective for research for the next 5-10 years (one page)

For inquiries call Mr. Julien Mendouga : Tel 237 694 84 55 06

Application Deadline: 29th May 2015

Selected applicants will be notified by 15th July 2015

Project Summary /Background : Attracting and retaining more women in health research will maximize creativity and innovation, increase gender competency and expertise, to conduct high quality research and competitiveness attracting funds for research. It is crucial that women become very strategic and trace a clear path for their evolution in their career. By taking time to plan career growth, learning indispensable skills (such as fund raising for research projects) and establishing mentor-protege relationships with role models, women are more likely to attain and hold onto leadership positions. This is thus the time for women scientists to shine. With a sharp plan, support, motivation and inspiration, the future of health research in Cameroon is theirs to grab.

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