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In partnership with UNESCO’s Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), IDRC is pleased to announce that the first call for applications for the new Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) fellowships is now open.

Fellowships with a value of up to US$50,000 each will be awarded to women scientists from countries where the capacity for science and technology is lagging; who have completed their PhD in science,technology, engineering, or mathematics; and employed at an academic or scientific research institute in one of the eligible countries.

For more details see here.

When the Commonwealth Heads of Government came together earlier this month to find solutions to our shared global challenges, it was a momentous occasion for civil society organisations like the ACU to pitch in and influence the future direction of our democracies. We were there to champion the role of higher education in building sustainable and inclusive societies, and provided a voice for all universities across the Commonwealth.
A key highlight of the week came at the opening where HRH Prince Harry announced new Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships, which the ACU is proud to manage from 2019. These will enable 150 new scholars to access life-changing study opportunities across universities in low and middle income Commonwealth countries. I recommend that you read Dr Faye Taylor’s blog on the importance of international mobility in the Commonwealth.
The importance of research partnerships and the benefits of working together across various Commonwealth countries was clear throughout the summit, not least our development of a Commonwealth Climate Resilience Network, spearheaded by three member institutions – Fiji National University, the University of the South Pacific, and the University of the West Indies. At a reception hosted by the Royal Society, I was honoured to be asked to speak alongside the President, himself a Nobel Laureate, and the UK Minister of State for Universities, Sam Gyimah MP, to celebrate these vital partnerships, and recognise the innovation brought about by Commonwealth-wide collaborations. It was also fascinating to meet some of the Commonwealth Rutherford Fellows and learn more about their research.
If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you and your colleagues to apply for an ACU Fellowships. These support collaborative international visits for academic and professional staff at member universities, with either a research or fact-finding focus. You can read a past fellow’s experience in the new edition of the Bulletin, along with dozens of other great articles on topics ranging from building resilient universities, supporting scholars at risk, and tackling youth unemployment.
Finally, do read Alex Wright’s opinion piece on the Commonwealth’s unique convening power, and the role the ACU can play in that through leveraging its own networks.
We want to celebrate the diversity of our membership so please contribute to ‘Commonwealth Stories’, our new campaign to showcase people’s experiences of life across the network of Commonwealth countries.

Joanna Newman
ACU Chief Executive and Secretary General


The Association for Strengthening of Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) is pleased to announce the above position for qualified candidates to apply. The applicant MUST be a national of ASARECA member country. The position is based at their headquarters in Entebbe, Uganda. ASARECA is a member of FARA and is a sub-regional not-for-profit organization covering eleven countries in Eastern and Central Africa, comprising Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. 

Kindly visit both the FARA and ASARECA websites for details of the advert. All enquiries should be directed to the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Kindly find here the International Conference on Environmental Studies & Research (ICESR) 2018 Book of Proceedings, Vol.1.No.1, a collection of papers emanating from the 3rd International Conference on Environmental Studies and Research running from May 7-9, 2018 at FCT Education Resource Center, Wuse Zone 7, Abuja-Nigeria.

Theme: ‘Get the Full Package at a Fraction of the Cost’

Who Should Attend?

PPPs are structured and implemented by a broad range of actors: policy makers, professional lawyers, and engineers, accountants, experts in finance, energy & utilities. The course content is multi-disciplinary in nature and public servants as well as private practitioners
with an interest in PPPs will find the course responsive to their needs.

For more details, kindly see here.


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