News 2015

Gain meaningful, hands-on experience in the diverse, interdisciplinary field of global health through Grand Challenges Canada’s Summer Student Program.
Grand Challenges Canada is looking for passionate and driven individuals for the Summer Student Program. Through this Program, current students and recent graduates from a variety of disciplines can work in one of the following areas:

  • Targeted Challenges Programs (Saving Lives at Birth, Saving Brains, Global Mental Health)
  • Stars in Global Health
  • Communications
  • Legal
  • Investment.

For more information and to apply online visit

Students must apply before January 22, 2016 to be considered for the Program.

For more information visit

U of M contact: Cameron Zywina
International Partnership Officer (Africa and Middle East)
International Office

In the Engineering for Developing Communities program, students will learn about community-based sustainable development through a hands-on learning experience in Mekelle, Ethiopia, where they will study with students and staff from around the world as well as local Ethiopian students. Throughout the course, students will be challenged to approach problems with innovation and critical thinking and use multi-disciplinary tools to address a wide range of engineering and development challenges in a holistic way. The course will take place from mid-July to mid-August 2016, and it is open to students from any field of study – not just engineering students. In fact, we welcome and encourage students from other fields, such as business, medicine, and international development, to participate in this program.
Applications are now open!

You can find more information contact

Dana Ziv
Recruitment Coordinator
Tel: + 972-77-887-1912
U.S. Number: 1 (646) 568-7226

U of M contact: Cameron Zywina
International Partnership Officer (Africa)
International Office

The International Office and Extended Education would like to invite you to participate in the discussions with Dr. Leandro Russovski Tessler:

Science Without Borders: What’s Next? 
A Connection with Canada. A Bond with Brazil
Thursday, December 10, 1:30-3:00PM Senate Chambers (E3-262 EITC)

At the December 10 session, Dr. Tessler will present a critical overview of Science without Borders (SwB) program as well as share the results of a survey answered by nearly one thousand Brazilian students.

Dr. Tessler is a Physicist. He was Dean of Admissions and Director of International Relations at Universidade Estadual de Campinas. From 2014-2016, he is Chair of the FAUBAI (Brazilian Association for International Education) Conference.

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Mitacs is now accepting applications for competitive international research opportunities, including student travel to and from Canada. The deadline to apply is November 20, 2015, at 5 p.m. PST.

For students in Canada to do research abroad:

For students in France to do research in Canada:

To learn more, visit the Globalink web page or contact Mitacs International at

University of Manitoba contact:

Tara Cleve
International Office
University of Manitoba
Phone: 204-474-6836


Time to take out your fancy cameras (or smartphones for the rest of us)...

The Images of Research Competition will be coming to a close within a month, November 2nd – snap a shot of current or aspirational UK-Canada scientific and/or technology collaboration and send it to us for a chance to win!

Please follow the link below for contest details and to enter:

For more information contact:

Anna E. Polonyi, Ph.D
International Partnership Officer
International Office
(204) 474-6835


A delegation of the University of Nairobi visited the University of Manitoba on September 21-23, 2015. Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi, vice-chancellor, University of Nairobi, and Dr. David Barnard, president and vice-chancellor, University of Manitoba renewed a Memorandum of Understanding and institutional cooperation agreements on student and faculty exchange, student visitation, research collaboration and facilities management cooperation. <More>


The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) are pleased to announce the launch of the 2016 competition of the African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Program.  You will find below information about the 2016 Competition and the ALT Scholarship Program. Please help us spread the word about this opportunity open to all young professionals in sub-Saharan Africa by sharing this information with your networks, posting on your website and on social media. You may also print the attached poster for easy distribution.  Please refer any requests for information or questions to CBIE at the following email address  

Download poster here.
For more information Contact:
Nadia Faucher
Program Manager, Canadian Partnerships
Gestionnaire de programme, Partenariats canadiens
Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
220, Laurier West/Ouest, # 1550 Ottawa, Ontario CANADA K1P 5Z9
t: 613-237-4820 ext./poste 343  f: 613-237-1073


A science slam is a science communication event, where researchers compete by presenting their work in front of a non-expert audience.

The focus is on making research interesting, engaging, entertaining and thrilling for the audience.

Each live presentation is given in English in less than 10 minutes and can be supported by video, audio material, slides or any other kind of media, as well as by scientific equipment.

Everything is allowed!

Researchers currently based in North America (Canada and USA) of all nationalities and from all research fields can join.

There are no age restrictions and the only academic requirement you need is to be, at least, currently enrolled in a Master's program.

The deadline for sending the video is 21 September 2015

For more information contact:

Cameron Zywina
International Partnership Officer (Africa)
International Office


A call for applications has been issued for Canadian Master’s students to study in South Africa under the Commonwealth Scholarship Program.

Deadline for applications: September 7, 2015

Scholarship start date: January 2016

Duration: up to 2 years

Further information:


Cameron Zywina
International Partnership Officer (Africa)
International Office


The Government of Mexico, through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has opened the 2016-2017 competition for scholarships to Canadian students and researchers. The scholarships are aimed at Canadians wishing to study or conduct research at the Master’s, PhD and Postdoctoral level or for medical specialization and sub-specialization at participating postsecondary institutions in Mexico.

  • Scholarship Duration: six months to undertake a student exchange at the graduate level; or 12 months to conduct studies or research at the master’s, PhD or postdoctoral level
  • Scholarships include: airfare, approved tuition and compulsory fees, and a monthly living allowance. Applicants who do not meet Spanish language requirements may also be eligible for up to six months (or half the period of the scholarship) of Spanish language training.
  • Deadline for expression of interest due: Friday, 28th of August 2015

Please submit your expression of interest to:

Helen Balderama
International Partnership Officer (Americas)
(204) 474-7374


TECHNOLOGICAL PLATFORMS TO STRENGTHEN PUBLIC SECTOR ACCOUNTABILITY AND CITIZEN.  To fund initiatives that will support public sector institutions and civil society in their ability to advance equitable democratic reform, deliver effective and sustainable development results to citizens, improve service delivery, combat corruption, and engage meaningfully with citizens through the use of technological platforms.

  • Funding level: $1 million to $5 million 
  • Duration: 3 to 5 years 
  • Canadian cash contribution: 5% of budget ($20,000 to $100,000) 
  • Eligibility:  Official Development Assistance (ODA)-eligible countries.
  • Number of proposals per institution: 1 
  • Expression of interest due: Friday, August 14, 2015

Please submit your Expression of Interest to:

Cameron Zywina
International Partnership Officer (Africa)
International Office


Partners of the Americas is pleased to announce THREE new exciting opportunities for higher education institutions (HEIs) in the Western Hemisphere to apply for a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant. 

Opening July 15, 2015

  • Competition #7: “Campus Puerto Rico”, supported by the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, will be open to HEIs in Puerto Rico and in non-U.S. countries in the Western Hemisphere with no thematic restrictions.
    Submission deadline: September 30, 2015 

  • Competition #8: supported by SENA (Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje) and CAF – Development Bank of Latin America, will be open to U.S. community colleges and SENA Centers in Colombia that promote study abroad or exchange in Innovation, Research, Differentiation, and Languages.
    Submission deadline: October 15, 2015

Opening August 3, 2015

  • Competition #9: supported by Founding Circle Partner, ExxonMobil Corporation, will be open to HEIs in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Mexico, and the United States that promote study abroad or exchange in the fields of Engineering, Physics, Geology, and Geophysics.
    Submission deadline:  October 2, 2015

The Request for Proposal (RFP), or guidelines for writing the proposal for each of the competition above, will be accessible beginning the indicated launch dates. Information will not be available prior to the launch.

Visit for information on past competitions and winners. You may also review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If you still have questions after reading the RFP(s) and FAQs, you will have the opportunity to submit them via the Online Inquiry Form.  Answers will be posted on specified dates listed in the RFPs.

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Team will be hosting a series of informational webinars in the weeks following the opening of the competitions. These webinars are open to representatives from all higher education institutions in the Western Hemisphere and are designed to provide more information on the competitions and the proposal writing process as it relates to 100KStrongAmericas. Information about the webinars will be published on this page as soon as available.

For more information or support in the development, review, and submission of proposals contact:

Helen Balderama
International Partnership Officer (Americas)
(204) 474-7374


FROM FARMS TO MARKETS IN SOUTH SUDAN. This call for proposals aims to improve food security for rural populations in the region by boosting food production and by supporting the market participation of smallholders to protect farming livelihoods.

SUPPORT FOR CHILD AND YOUTH PROTECTION INITIATIVES IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. This call for proposals aims to improve the well-being of children and youth. It will contribute to the protection of and the prevention of violence against these vulnerable groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

IMPROVING MATERNAL AND NEWBORN HEALTH IN UNDERSERVED AREAS IN TANZANIA. This call for proposals aims to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in underserved districts in Tanzania and will help increase the use of maternal and newborn health services by women and their families in these targeted districts.

WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT PROJECTS IN EGYPT, JORDAN AND MOROCCO. The calls for proposals will fund initiatives in each country aimed at increasing productivity and job opportunities generated by women entrepreneurs, and in so doing, increasing employment of women and reducing gender-specific barriers. For specific information visit:
Egypt | Jordan | Morocco

Deadline for submissions: August 14, 2015

For more information or help with the development, review, and submission of proposals contact:

Cameron Zywina
International Partnership Officer (Africa)
International Office

Anna E. Polonyi, Ph.D
International Partnership Officer
International Office
(204) 474-6835



It is with sadness that we announce the passing of a long-time friend and colleague of the University of Manitoba, Dr. Elizabeth Njeri Ngugi, on April 1, 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Dr.  Ngugi was a lecturer in the School of Public Health, University of Nairobi since 1986 and a senior lecturer since 2002. At the time of her death, Dr. Ngugi had worked with most of the University of Manitoba’s old guard and networks through assorted grants e.g. CIDA, CIHR, IDRC etc. and remained part of the larger collaborative team. She was also the Director, Centre for HIV Prevention and Research (UON-CHIVPR) and since 2010 the Principal Investigator of the

sister grant:- “Most at Risk Populations (MARPs) Project comprising Male and Female Sex Workers, Long Distant Truck Drivers, and Intravenous Drug Users in Central and Eastern Provinces of Kenya” under CDC – PEPFAR.


Dr. Ngugi had a long and internationally distinguished career in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support in Kenya. For 15 years she was the co-Director of the Strengthening STD/HIV Control Project in Kenya, a collaborative project between CIDA, the University of Manitoba and the University of Nairobi. This project produced ground breaking research in the development of effective prevention interventions for sex workers in the Kenyan HIV epidemic. This approach remains a cornerstone of global public health programs, and Prof. Ngugi was internationally recognized as a world leading authority on such programs. Dr. Ngugi was the founder and Director of two non-governmental organizations; The Kenya Voluntary Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (K-VOWRC) which became HerStory Center and the Society for Women and Aids in Kenya (SWAK). As a result of her academic excellence and HIV/AIDS activism, Dr. Ngugi was awarded the United Nations Person of the Year award (2004).

The University of Manitoba’s success story in Kenya could be different if it were not for Dr. Ngugi’s partnership with Dr. Francis Plummer from the early 80s. When Plummer started his studies on Chancroid in 1981 in Nairobi Kenya, it took him a short time to realize that the Nairobi female sex workers were a key component of the transmission cycle. The majority of men who had this STD detected at the Casino STD Clinic, located in Downtown Nairobi, reported having had sex with female sex workers from the Majengo slums. From his growing database and previous experience, Plummer had no doubt in his mind that to control this painful infection ravaging the sexually active and high risk population in Nairobi, he had to go after these women. Sex workers even then were a hidden population and operated in the shadows due to rampant stigma, discrimination and unfavorable legal framework.  Plummer therefore needed to work with a local health care provider, skilled in community mobilization to interface with the community of female sex workers, gain their trust, mobilize them and create a demand for the STD services on offer. In the 80s, such health care providers were in short supply but Dr. Ngugi had the passion and skills for the job.

Within a short time, Dr. Ngugi was able to reach out to the female sex workers in their safe havens, conducted health education forums that helped them link sex work with STDs and was able to identify peers to help her create a demand for the STD treatment services on offer. Identification of peer sex workers, who were able to influence the health seeking behaviors of the other Nairobi sex workers fraternity, was a key to success for the early program. By 1985, the Majengo female sex workers cohort was already in existence and still active to date and helped shape and drive the HIV epidemiological studies in Africa for over two decades. The use of peers in demand creation activities amongst hidden and/or harder to reach population was described by the pair in assorted journals and book chapters and has been the standard community engagement strategy since then. Dr. Ngugi’s central role in the University of Manitoba’s work in Kenya and India where the same strategy was adopted is well summarized by Dr. Allan Ronald’s remarks when eulogizing her. He states:- “Frank introduced me to Elizabeth in 1982-what a treasure she has been to all of us as an inspiration, persistent reminder of what’s important and real friend. Visits to Nairobi will never be quite the same. When I wish to think about someone’s contribution to our/my world, I try imaging life without having crossed paths with them. A monstrous hole would exist if we hadn’t met Elizabeth”.


Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) has launched the competition for the Student Exchange Program (SEP) for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Canadian institutions are  invited to submit applications for college, undergraduate, and graduate students from Latin America and the Caribbean as well as faculty and international liaison officers from the CARICOM who wish to come to Canada for a short-term study or research exchange.


Click on the links below for more information.

Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) 
ELAP scholarships provide students from Latin America and the Caribbean with short-term exchange opportunities for study or research at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels.

Canada-CARICOM Leadership Exchange Program 
The Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program provides students from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with short-term exchange opportunities for study or research at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels.

Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Program 
The Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Program provides faculty or international liaison officers/managers from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with short-term exchange opportunities for professional development, graduate study or research at Canadian postsecondary institutions.

Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Program 
Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Scholarships provide students and researchers from Chile with short-term exchange opportunities for study or research at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applications and supporting documents:

- The Process Guide for UM Faculty Supervisors
- Application Form in MS Word version
- Letter of Invitation Template
Funding Application Approval Form (FAAF)

Please submit applications and supporting documents to: 
Helen Balderama
International Partnership Officer (Americas)
(204) 474-7374

E-Bulletin - Vol. 12, No 01, January-February 2015

January 7,2015

Who Applies: UM faculty members

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is pleased to launch the competition for the Canada-Brazil Awards - Joint Research Projects for research projects taking place between June 2015 and August 2017. The Canada-Brazil Awards-Joint Research Projects provide scholarships for exchanges of researchers and graduate students in support of reciprocal, team-based research projects between Canadian and Brazilian universities in key areas of mutual cooperation.

Program Link: For more information, visit Canada-Brazil Awards - Joint Research Projects

Download program description

Tara Cleve
International Office
University of Manitoba
Phone: 204-474-6836


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