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Merck Africa Research Summit (MARS) 2022 for African PhD Students and Young Investigators

UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit (MARS) invites abstracts from final year African PhD students and young investigators involved in research related to both Cancer specially in Women and Vaccines Development.

 Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit – MARS 2022 will be held in Dubai with the aim to empower Women and Youth in Research.

Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit – MARS 2022 will have scientific support from African Union Scientific, Technical and Research Commission (AU-STRC), Infectious Diseases Institute, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Graduate School, Advanced Center for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), India and Merck Foundation.

The annual summit aims to contribute to building research capacity in the African research community, with special focus on “The Role of Scientific Research in responding to Cancer and Vaccines Development – Two emerging challenges in Africa”.

On other note the organizing committee will present the “Best Young, African Researcher Award” and the “Best African Woman Researcher Award” to recognize the outstanding contribution of African Female Scientists with the aim to promote women in research and advance their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

The annual Summit – MARS will open a discussion with Ministries of Health, Education, Information, Science and Technology and Gender from across Africa to define policies with the aim to empower women and youth in STEM and to address the vital role of research in the improvement and sustainable development of population’s health with specific emphasis on how to translate knowledge into action – the ‘know-do gap’ – to improve health And make an impact on society.

The summit will be a unique opportunity for the winners of a MARS Reseach Awards to share their research output and findings. It is also an opportunity for networking and career development. The Summit will provide a platform where they will be able to discuss and enable a conducive environment for better research during the ministerial panel that will be conducted on the 15th of November, 2022

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About Merck Foundation

The Merck Foundation, established in 2017, is the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people and advance their lives through science and technology. Our efforts are primarily focused on improving access to quality & equitable healthcare solutions in underserved communities, building healthcare and scientific research capacity and empowering people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with a special focus on women and youth. All Merck Foundation press releases are distributed by e-mail at the same time they become available... read more


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MARS PhD Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of MARS PhD Scholarship

The summit is a unique opportunity for Africa’s young and talented scientists to share their research output and findings with the top echelon of scientists from Africa and abroad. It is also an opportunity for networking and career development. The Summit will presents a platform where young and female scientists will be able to discuss the enabling environment for better research among others.


Requirements for MARS PhD Scholarship Qualification

Abstracts are invited from final year African PhD students and young investigators involved in
research related to either of the following topics:

  • Cancer (specially in women)
  • Vaccines Development

All should be primarily based at African research institutes and Universities, although collaboration within Africa as well as outside is encouraged. All abstracts will be peer reviewed.


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Interview date, Process and Venue for MARS PhD Scholarship

  • All abstracts will be peer reviewed and 15 winners will be eligible for Sponsorship.
  • First three winners will be eligible for further number of Research Awards.
  • Further Research Award will be dedicated for Best African Women Researchers

Application Deadline

July 31, 2022


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Merck Foundation on merck-foundation.com to apply

Applications can be submitted via email to [email protected]
along with your CV (including Name, Gender, Country, University/Hospital Name, Email address, Mobile Number) and the abstract document as an attachment

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