Eight Ugandans have benefitted from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), to attend a two-year post-doctoral programme dubbed ‘Wajao’, funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The eight Ugandans are Sarah Akello, Anthony Egeru, Hellen Biruma Kongai, James Sekandi, Jane Yatuha, Richard Sebuliba Mutumba, Deboarah Alio and Gabriel Karubanga.

The call for the fellowships attracted 34 applicants from nine African countries among whom the RUFORUM Technical Committee selected 19 recipients during their meeting convened on February 22, 2018 at the RUFORUM Secretariat.

The 19 fellowships were awarded based on, among other criteria, the nature of the proposed fellowship, a clear deployment and mentorship plan, as well as a demonstrated plan to support research and mentorship of graduate students.

Since 2009, RUFORUM, a consortium of 85 universities in 35 African countries with support from the Carnegie Corporation and other agencies has contributed to the training of 436 PhD graduates, 97% of whom upon completion of their studies return to their home countries and integrate back into teaching and research.

The two year post-doctoral fellowships help to scale up RUFORUM’s commitment to strengthening postgraduate training and academic mobility in Africa, including retention.