As part of its national research capacity-strengthening mandate, CNHR invited in February 2012, applications for Research Career Development Grants (RCDGs) from qualified Kenyan researchers (currently based in Kenya or working within the Diaspora) who wish to further develop their careers while undertaking research and training programmes in Kenya. The grants aim at enabling successful applicants to obtain high-quality research training that will lay the foundation for a successful independent research career.


In the long-term, the aim is to build a critical mass of researchers undertaking relevant research-for-health for the betterment of Kenyans.

CNHR plans to award eleven (11) RCDGs commencing in October 2012. The RCDGs are being offered in collaboration with multi-institutional research-for-health collaborative set-ups such as the four CNHR-supported Centres of Research Excellence (CoReS) namely CREHSS based at Great Lakes University of Kisumu (GLUK), SIRCLE based at the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Programme in Nairobi, CREATES based at Strathmore University and CERNVec based at icipe. The grants which are competitively offered will support the development of research ideas, or acquisition of specialized research/training skills as a step towards a productive independent research career in areas of national health priority.

The RCDGs will offer Research Career Development opportunities to successful applicants who apply for consideration either as:

  • (i)   Postdoctoral Research Fellow;
  • (ii)  Mid-Career Research Fellow; or
  • (iii) Mid-Career Clinical Research Fellow.

The successful grantees will receive the required mentorship and training support from the institution (s) hosting the project to enable them advance in their chosen fields based on well-defined career pathways.