Undergraduate Research Training/Mentorship

Applications are invited from undergraduate students interested in conducting research and learning the research process. The selected applicants will undergo a brief didactic training in research that will culminate in research projects of 2-6 months’ duration. Research projects shall be conducted in multidisciplinary teams with support of a mentor. Students shall formulate their own research teams and identify a suitable mentor who will oversee the research process. Community-based research projects either epidemiological, clinical or biomedical with/without a laboratory component shall be encouraged. The research training programme shall be elective and aims to support highly motivated undergraduate medical, dentistry nursing and other undergraduate students at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Clarke International University and Kabale University School of Medicine. At the end of the training each research team, under supervision of a mentor, shall writeand submit a report/dissertation on the research conducted. The programme will train up to 10 undergraduate multidisciplinary student teams. Up to 1,000 US dollars per applicant shall be available to conduct the research.


The call is open to continuing undergraduate students 2nd to 4th years at the above mentioned universities.

Criteria for Selection

  1. Proof of admission to Makerere University
  2. Demonstrated interest in clinical, operational, education, epidemiological or biomedical research
  3. Research funding will be available for research focusing on community-based, clinical, operational, health professions education, epidemiological or biomedical research in communicable diseases (e.g. HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, etc.) or non-communicable diseases of importance to Uganda
  4. Demonstrated enthusiasm for the research programme and ability to highlight the benefits of training in your future career
  5. Multi-disciplinary teams
  6. Collaboration across institutions is encouraged
  7. Those who have never received HEPI funding

Application Process

Applications must be submitted to hepishssu@gmail.com and should consist of a cover letter (1 page only), resume (not more than 2 pages), a personal statement (maximum 1 page), research concept (maximum 1 page), copy of admission letter, one letter of recommendation, and a letter of commitment/support from a faculty of your preference who will serve as a mentor.

The research concept should be structured as follows: Significance, Problem statement, Objectives, Methods, Anticipated results & Impact.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 10th September 2021.

Enquiries should be forwarded to the PI, HEPI-SHSSU Program on hepishssu@gmail.com


Application deadline:September 10th, 2021Interviews: September 23rd -24th2021
Notification date: September 30th 2021Proposed start date: October 1st 2021

5 thoughts on “Undergraduate Research Training/Mentorship

  • August 18, 2021 at 5:13 am

    Am a nursing student year 2 at mbarara university of science and technology but l could like to join this research team, please consider me as well, thank you

  • August 18, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    Am more than ready to go for the training and thereafter go on with the Research.

  • August 20, 2021 at 4:50 am

    This is a wonderful opportunity for me and my university. I hope will make it to those selected.


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