null The University of Murcia through the CMN renews its annual collaboration with the Women for Africa Foundation

The University of Murcia through the CMN renews its annual collaboration with the Women for Africa Foundation

09 dic 2023

Learn Africa, the academic mobility programme for African women par excellence, celebrates this year its tenth anniversary, leaving behind a trail of 293 alumnae from 34 different countries, many of whom have successfully completed their studies in Spain or Morocco and have managed to successfully  enter the labour market in their countries, with the resulting improvement in their socio-economic situation and that of their families – as shown by a study carried out by the foundation in the last quarter of 2022.

After several years of pandemic in which the online modality had an important weight in the programme, the Women for Africa Foundation and its collaborators have made great efforts to offer the maximum number of face-to-face scholarships in the upcoming call for applications, as it has been demonstrated that young African women make better use of in-person scholarships than online ones at all levels. Furthermore, since one of the objectives of Learn Africa is to break down the gender stereotypes that persist in the world of work and academia globally, this year special emphasis has been placed on postgraduate studies in STEM fields, many of them taught in English.

In total, this new edition of Learn Africa offers 77 new scholarships and 27 continuation scholarships, which would not have been possible without the unwavering commitment of the programme’s 50 collaborators, including universities, educational centres and private funders such as GMV and the ASISA Foundation. These latter have been joined this year by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, which will be supporting the programme by financing an internship at Pfizer’s headquarters in Madrid for a PhD student in Biomedicine.

Also new this year, the call for applications includes two research scholarships funded by the ANESVAD foundation, which aim to study skin-associated  Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) from a gender perspective.

Vacancy UMU: 1 Pre-doctoral or post-doctoral stay 

UM. Pre-doctoral or post-doctoral stay in Immunobiology for Aquaculture Research Group.

Start date/end of stay: October 1st, 2023/March 30th, 2024
Teaching language: English (B2)

Academic requirements: Degree and Master’s degree in Biology, Biotechnology, Marine Sciences or similar

Pre-doctoral for Ph student

Post-doctoral for PhD young researchers, max 5 years

Additional Requirements:  Interest in fish studies or invertebrates, interest in aquaculture.

Research lines of the hosting group offered for the internship:

  • Fish immunity
  • Fish immunomodulation by natural substances
  • Antimicrobial peptides from fish skin mucus
  • Establishment and characterization of invertebrates’ cell lines