Uganda Research Training Collaborative
The Uganda Research Training Collaborative (RTC) is a program for students in the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda to gain hands-on experience in global health research. Under the mentorship of UMN and Makerere faculty members, two students (one each from UMN and Makerere) propose small-scale research projects to be carried out, as a team, in about one year.
Student teams who successfully complete the Stage 1 preparations are eligible for travel funding and a small amount of research money for expenses and fees. Student participants will be expected to submit a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal for publication.
Stage 1: Student Research Preparation (3-6 months)
The Uganda-RTC student teams work with faculty mentors as well as through the RTC’s learning resources to develop study components such as: defining research questions, developing data collection tools, writing a study protocol, and submitting a study for human subjects review at both institutions. During this stage, student teams work through each of these elements and seek scientific and technical guidance from their faculty mentors from both Makerere and UMN.
Stage 2: Study Implementation (6-12 weeks)
Student teams travel to their study site working together to gather data according to the protocol they have developed.
Stage 3: Data Analysis and Dissemination (3-6 months)
After data collection is complete, student teams and their mentors work to clean and analyze the data and prepare reports on their findings. Students will be expected to participate in writing workshops to improve manuscripts for publication.
Eligibility and Application
Applications for the 2016-17 cohort are closed. Please check back in 2017 for the next round of applications.
University of Minnesota Students:
Any graduate student in the Academic Health Center (medicine, public health, veterinary medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry). Other post-baccalaureate learners, including medical residents, may apply to the program. University of Minnesota undergraduates are not eligible at this time.
Makerere University Students:
Any student in the health sciences (medicine, public health, veterinary medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry). COVAb recommends graduate students apply; the Medical School recommends advanced medical students apply (4th-5th year). MMed students may also be eligible with approval from their mentors. Pharmacy students are also eligible (no graduate program available). Other Makerere students should consult with a mentor to determine their eligibility.
Applications for the 2017 cohort are now closed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many of the most frequently asked questions about the Uganda Research Training Collaborative are answered in our FAQs document. Please refer to this document anytime you have a question, before reaching out by email.