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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Third National Call for Application of Research Internships (2010-2011)

Raising the profile of research for health among young Kenyans

The Third National Call for Application of Research Internships (2010-2011)

The Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR): This is a Kenyan non-governmental organization whose mission is to contribute to the strengthening of national research for health in Kenya.

This is done by providing support for multidisciplinary research to individuals and institutions, and engaging policy makers in formulation of health research policies that are evidence based. The Consortium also contributes to the building of networks and communities in research for health.

Raising the profile of science among young Kenyans: One of the ways, the Consortium aims to strengthen national health research is to facilitate the training and retention of young scientists, who are able to generate and use research findings within a multidisciplinary environment. This is done at different levels of career progression.

To this end, CNHR has initiated a national Internship Programme aimed at exposing young graduates to the option of choosing a life-long career in research. The second class of ten interns (2009-2010) successfully completed their training in July, 2010.

10 scholarships available for a six months research internship: Under its 2010-2011 Internship Programme, CNHR will offer 10 competitive scholarships for a maximum period of six months (March to August, 2011). The successful interns will benefit from close mentorship and supervision by senior researchers in various institutions across the country.

Some of the selected interns will have hands-on experience in multidisciplinary settings; others will work in laboratory/field conditions and be exposed to modern approaches of research using sophisticated diagnostic or analytical equipment, health systems research environment etc.

Applicants invited from medical, biomedical science and social science disciplines: For purposes of raising the profile of science among a wide cross section of young graduates, applicants are invited from both public and private universities. Young doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, biomedical, social sciences, graduates who have an interest in research for health are encouraged to apply

The successful intern applicants are expected to be enthusiastic and motivated young graduates who understand the place of research for health in the development of Kenya. They should be willing to dedicate their time working in the field and/or laboratory research conditions, and should be conversant with the use of computers and the Internet as source of research information.


The successful interns must satisfy the following criteria:

    * Be Kenyan citizens;
    * Be a recent (past three years) first degree graduate in any of the medical/biomedical or social sciences disciplines from a recognized university
    * Have a minimum of an upper second (or credit for non-classified first degrees).
    * Have no previous health research internship experience for a period greater than 3 months.
    * Be not currently employed.
    * Medical and allied health professionals (medical doctors, dentists, pharmacy, nurses etc) should have completed their respective professional internship

Application procedure

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by completing the Application form, giving preferred internship possibilities as guided by the form and prospectus.

Application forms and the prospectus are available at


Duly completed electronic application forms should be submitted online, or by email to

Applications must be received by end of working day, Friday 14th January, 2011.

Only successful applicants will be contacted. For any clarifications, please contact

Visit for details of CNHR and its programmes

CNHR is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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