Research Internships at Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR)

On Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Raising the profile of research for health among young Kenyans

The Fifth National Call for Research Internships – 2014

The Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR) is a Kenyan non-governmental organization whose mission is to contribute to the strengthening of national research for health in Kenya.

This is done by providing support for multidisciplinary research to individuals and institutions, and engaging policy makers in formulation of health research policies that are evidence based. 
The Consortium also contributes to the building of networks and communities in research for health. 
The Research Internship Programme CNHR sponsors an annual research internship exposure programme that enables young graduates to make informed choices of pursuing a life-long careers in research. 

Through this Programme, CNHR will offer ten competitive scholarships for a maximum period of six months (October 2014-April 2015). 

Successful interns will benefit from close mentorship and supervision by senior researchers in various institutions across the country. 
Some of the selected interns will have hands-on experience in multidisciplinary settings; others will
work in laboratory/field conditions and be exposed to modern approaches of research using sophisticated diagnostic or analytical equipment, health systems research environment etc.

At the end of the internship period, exceptionally performing candidates may be considered, through a competitive selection process, for further training scholarships at Masters and Post-Doctoral levels under CNHR’s research capacity strengthening and training programme.

Applicants invited from medical, biomedical science and social science disciplines: Recent first degree graduates from both public and private universities are eligible. 
In addition, recently qualified graduate doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, biomedical, social sciences, who have an interest in developing a career in research for health, are also encouraged to apply.
Thematic Focus of the Competitive Essay
The new constitutional dispensation in Kenya has introduced a County focus for development. Article 43 of the Constitution provides for the right to the highest attainable standard of health.

Numerous challenges are being faced in the realization of health care delivery to the newly established counties. In response to this very topical subject, applicants are required to write an
essay of not more than 1200 words on ‘Resolving challenges of devolving healthcare delivery to ensure reasonable access and equitable health services in all parts of the Republic. 
In developing a convincing position, applicants are encouraged to acquaint themselves of the provisions of the Kenyan Constitution (2010), the Vision 2030, as well as numerous government policies (both National and County) and strategies for the health sector.

The successful interns must satisfy the following criteria:
  • Be Kenyan citizens;
  • Be recent (past three years) first degree graduate from a recognized university qualified in a medical/biomedical or social sciences discipline with a minimum of an upper second (or credit for non-classified first degrees);
  • Have no previous health research internship experience for a period greater than 3 months;
  • Be currently unemployed; and
  • Applicants from medical and allied health professional (medical doctors, dentists, pharmacy, nurses etc) should have completed their respective professional internship
Application procedure:
Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online giving preferred internship possibilities as guided by the form and prospectus. 
Application forms and the prospectus are available at
Applications can only be submitted online on the CNHR website at
Applications must be received by 0500 pm Monday 25th August 2014
Only successful applicants will be contacted. 
For any clarifications, please contact [email protected]
Visit for details of CNHR and its programmes

A documentary on CNHR’s achievements in supporting research for health activities in Kenya can be found at the following link:
CNHR is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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