The Atlantic Fellows Program at Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) has been designed to train and support individuals from diverse fields, including but not limited to clinicians (psychiatrists, neurologists, geriatricians, nurses, social workers, etc.) and scientists (epidemiologists, health economists, neuroscientists, psychologists, public health, policy specialists, etc.). Fellows will typically be early-career trainees and should demonstrate the ability to ask questions that cut across disciplines, adapt to different cultural contexts, and lead change throughout their careers. Successful applicants will demonstrate excellence in past activities and have strong regional support that assures successful transition back into regional programs.

The curriculum for fellows will be customized for each individual's experience and plan. A core curriculum of neuroscience, neurobehavior, epidemiology, statistics, leadership, communications, health economics, and public policy will constitute about 15% of the experience. Opportunities to evaluate individuals with cognitive disorders will be available. Through intensive mentoring, fellows will be guided in the development of their careers, leadership, and policy change.

Fellows will have two-year appointments at either UCSF or Trinity College Dublin, and up to eight positions are expected to be filled annually. All fellows will have:

  • A customized, two-year experience with a transition back to their regional home environments in the second year
  • One-to-one mentoring with at least two mentors
  • Teaching on health economics, leadership, ethics, policy, brain health, health technology and dementia, among other topics
  • Access to competitively-awarded funds for pilot projects that could be completed in their home country upon completion of fellowship
  • Observation and participation in clinical cases
  • Access to a network of researchers, clinicians, and policy makers for career-length mentoring and communication

Become an Atlantic Fellow at GBHI

The Atlantic Fellows Program at GBHI is an opportunity to engage your commitment to brain health. Applications require letters of support to demonstrate regional commitment to an applicant's success, as well as a personal statement from the applicant. While a detailed candidate statement is not required, it is a great place to describe your passion and interest in the program, and it is heavily weighted in the selection process. We recommend taking great care in developing this document with your mentor. Applications are accepted annually and competitively reviewed by a selection committee from each partner organization. Atlantic Fellows will receive a salary for the two years.

Am I Eligible?

GBHI welcomes expressions of interest from people living anywhere in the world and working in all fields of study. Applicants should have completed their graduate or post-graduate training and demonstrate a commitment to brain health and health care policy, as well as an ability to implement their intervention and strive for change in their home community. A subset of those who submit expressions of interest will be asked to prepare a full application.

What are the Selection Criteria?

Qualities sought in the selection of Atlantic Fellows at GBHI include:

  • Successful completion of final graduate or post-graduate training (residency, fellowship, post-doctoral training, government internship, etc.)
  • A commitment from their regional institution (government, university, community) for long-term assurance to become a transformative leader around brain health during and after fellowship training
  • The ability to bring creative and relevant projects to fruition
  • Commitment to the values and mission of the program, including ideas that could transform their local or global brain health environment
  • Willing and able to complete two years of training at a foreign site
  • Long-term commitment to the goals of the program
  • Fluency in English

Fellow Expectations

  • Find housing near your training site
  • Connect with your project mentors, peers, and GBHI alumni
  • Attend the annual GBHI conference
  • Impact brain health in your home region

Key Dates

  • Application process currently closed
  • June 2017 – Expressions of interest open for 2018
  • September 2017 – Invitations for full applications
  • October 2017 – Applications due
  • November 2017 – Interviews
  • January 2018 – Fellows selected
  • August through September 2018 – Fellows begin training

FENS Neuroscience Forum 2018

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Call for submission
of symposium and technical workshop proposals 
will be open from 
1 February – 1 March 2017.

The Programme Committee will establish the scientific programme of the FENS Forum 2018 on the basis of proposals from scientists from all over the world and all areas of neuroscience research. Check the List of Themes for FENS Forum 2018 and submit your proposal.

For detailed information and guidelines for symposium and technical workshop proposals click here.

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

For more information and updates please visit our website.





February 1      Online ​submission for symposium & technical workshop proposals open
​March 1      Deadline for symposium & technical workshop  proposals​
​June     Supporters & Exhibitors prospectus available onsite
​July   ​Preliminary programme available online
​October 31    ​1st Deadline for s​ubmission of Forum events proposals (business meetings, networking events and satellite events)
​December 1      Early re​​gistration & abstract submission open
​December 1  ​ ​FENS-IBRO/PE​​RC travel grant applications open​​​​


February 13  Deadline for FENS-IBRO/PERC travel grant applications
​February 13 ​Deadline for early registration & abstract submission
​April 15 ​​ ​Final deadline for submission of Forum events proposals (business meetings, networking events and satellite events)​​
​May 15 Abstracts available on the Forum website
​June 20  ​Deadline for online registration
​July 7 - 11  ​FENS Forum 2018 & onsite registration​

UNESCO-IHE offers four accredited Master of Science programmes, with a total of 17 specializations. Strenghten your expertise, and at the same time, gain substantial insight into the global water agenda.

The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education offers university level master programmes that embed research in education. Students are confronted with state-of-the-art knowledge, ideas, approaches and technologies both in the taught part and during the research projects in which they partake.


Please note that we do not accept applications via email. Interested applicants must submit their applications through our online recruitment portal. Our application form is currently closed and will open again in early 2017 for those interested in 2017 internship positions. We encourage you to check the website early next year.


The UNICEF Internship Programme offers eligible/qualified students at both Headquarters and country offices the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff.
Internships are offered depending on the availability of meaningful assignments and the needs and capacity of units/offices to receive and supervise interns.

Areas of work

UNICEF is active in various functional areas related to its mandate, which can be categorized in three main pillars: Programme and Policy, External Relations and Operations. Read more about these areas here.

Internship dates and duration

The duration of an internship with UNICEF is between six weeks and six months.

More information
For more details on the Internship Programme, please see the section's FAQ.

International Materials Science Engineering for Energy Conference (IMSEGEC'17) is a three days international event (10-12 May, 2017) at Ifran City, Morocco. The goal of the conference is to provide in one hand an international interactive platform for both industrial and academic researchers for high efficiency and performance technology of new advanced materials for green energy and their manufacturing activities in Morocco; and to create, in the other hand, a synergy between researchers in different disciplines related to the energy technologies in order to to strengthen research and training in advanced material science and energy for sustainable development of the African Regions.

The conference will also provide opportunities for the young students; researchers and  Industrials to exchange their novel ideas; share research findings and bring students in the region together to share their experiences  with the international experts during the plenary and invited talks, oral presentations and poster sessions.

We will also set up training on the Computational methods for Advanced Materials Science and Engineering for  Green Energy.

Reporting results in a scientific journal is a process common to researchers in all disciplines. However, many scientific papers fail to communicate research work effectively. Pitfalls include using complicated jargon, including unnecessary details, and writing for your highly specialized colleagues instead of a wider audience.

Effective research articles are interesting and useful to a broad audience, including scientists in other fields. This infographic presents tips to help you write papers people will want to read.



Writing for academic journals is a highly competitive activity, and it’s important to understand that there could be several reasons behind a rejection. Furthermore, the journal peer-review process is an essential element of publication because no writer could identify and address all potential issues with a manuscript.

1. Do not rush submitting your article for publication.

In my first article for Elsevier Connect – “Five secrets to surviving (and thriving in) a PhD program” – I emphasized that scholars should start writing during the early stages of your research or doctoral study career. This secret does not entail submitting your manuscript for publication the moment you have crafted its conclusion. Authors sometimes rely on the fact that they will always have an opportunity to address their work’s shortcomings after the feedback received from the journal editor and reviewers has identified them.

A proactive approach and attitude will reduce the chance of rejection and disappointment. In my opinion, a logical flow of activities dominates every research activity and should be followed for preparing a manuscript as well. Such activities include carefully re-reading your manuscript at different times and perhaps at different places. Re-reading is essential in the research field and helps identify the most common problems and shortcomings in the manuscript, which might otherwise be overlooked. Second, I find it very helpful to share my manuscripts with my colleagues and other researchers in my network and to request their feedback. In doing so, I highlight any sections of the manuscript that I would like reviewers to be absolutely clear on.

2. Select an appropriate publication outlet.

I also ask colleagues about the most appropriate journal to submit my manuscript to; finding the right journal for your article can dramatically improve the chances of acceptance and ensure it reaches your target audience.

Elsevier provides an innovative Journal Finder search facility on its website. Authors enter the article title, a brief abstract and the field of research to get a list of the most appropriate journals for their article. For a full discussion of how to select an appropriate journal see Knight and Steinbach (2008).

Less experienced scholars sometimes choose to submit their research work to two or more journals at the same time. Research ethics and policies of all scholarly journals suggest that authors should submit a manuscript to only one journal at a time. Doing otherwise can cause embarrassment and lead to copyright problems for the author, the university employer and the journals involved.

3. Read the aims and scope and author guidelines of your target journal carefully.

Once you have read and re-read your manuscript carefully several times, received feedback from your colleagues, and identified a target journal, the next important step is to read the aims and scope of the journals in your target research area. Doing so will improve the chances of having your manuscript accepted for publishing. Another important step is to download and absorb the author guidelines and ensure your manuscript conforms to them. Some publishers report that one paper in five does not follow the style and format requirements of the target journal, which might specify requirements for figures, tables and references.

Rejection can come at different times and in different formats. For instance, if your research objective is not in line with the aims and scope of the target journal, or if your manuscript is not structured and formatted according to the target journal layout, or if your manuscript does not have a reasonable chance of being able to satisfy the target journal’s publishing expectations, the manuscript can receive a desk rejection from the editor without being sent out for peer review. Desk rejections can be disheartening for authors, making them feel they have wasted valuable time and might even cause them to lose enthusiasm for their research topic. Sun and Linton (2014), Hierons (2016) and Craig (2010) offer useful discussions on the subject of “desk rejections.”

4. Make a good first impression with your title and abstract.

The title and abstract are incredibly important components of a manuscript as they are the first elements a journal editor sees. I have been fortunate to receive advice from editors and reviewers on my submissions, and feedback from many colleagues at academic conferences, and this is what I’ve learned:

  • The title should summarize the main theme of the article and reflect your contribution to the theory.
  • The abstract should be crafted carefully and encompass the aim and scope of the study; the key problem to be addressed and theory; the method used; the data set; key findings; limitations; and implications for theory and practice.

Dr. Angel Borja goes into detail about these components in “11 steps to structuring a science paper editors will take seriously.”

5. Have a professional editing firm copy-edit (not just proofread) your manuscript, including the main text, list of references, tables and figures.

The key characteristic of scientific writing is clarity. Before submitting a manuscript for publication, it is highly advisable to have a professional editing firm copy-edit your manuscript. An article submitted to a peer-reviewed journal will be scrutinized critically by the editorial board before it is selected for peer review. According to a statistic shared by Elsevier, between 30 percent and 50 percent of articles submitted to Elsevier journals are rejected before they even reach the peer-review stage, and one of the top reasons for rejection is poor language. A properly written, edited and presented text will be error free and understandable and will project a professional image that will help ensure your work is taken seriously in the world of publishing. On occasion, the major revisions conducted at the request of a reviewer will necessitate another round of editing.

Authors can facilitate the editing of their manuscripts by taking precautions at their end. These include proofreading their own manuscript for accuracy and wordiness (avoid unnecessary or normative descriptions like “it should be noted here” and “the authors believe) and sending it for editing only when it is complete in all respects and ready for publishing. Professional editing companies charge hefty fees, and it is simply not financially viable to have them conduct multiple rounds of editing on your article. Applications like the spelling and grammar checker in Microsoft Word or Grammarly are certainly worth applying to your article, but the benefits of proper editing are undeniable. For more on the difference between proofreading and editing, see the description in Elsevier’s WebShop.

6. Submit a cover letter with the manuscript.

Never underestimate the importance of a cover letter addressed to the editor or editor-in-chief of the target journal. Last year, I attended a conference in Boston. A “meet the editors” session revealed that many submissions do not include a covering letter, but the editors-in-chief present, who represented renewed and ISI-indexed Elsevier journals, argued that the cover letter gives authors an important opportunity to convince them that their research work is worth reviewing.

Accordingly, the content of the cover letter is also worth spending time on. Some inexperienced scholars paste the article’s abstract into their letter thinking it will be sufficient to make the case for publication; it is a practice best avoided. A good cover letter first outlines the main theme of the paper; second, argues the novelty of the paper; and third, justifies the relevance of the manuscript to the target journal. I would suggest limiting the cover letter to half a page. More importantly, peers and colleagues who read the article and provided feedback before the manuscript’s submission should be acknowledged in the cover letter.

7. Address reviewer comments very carefully.

Editors and editors-in-chief usually couch the acceptance of a manuscript as subject to a “revise and resubmit” based on the recommendations provided by the reviewer or reviewers. These revisions may necessitate either major or minor changes in the manuscript. Inexperienced scholars should understand a few key aspects of the revision process. First, it important to address the revisions diligently; second, is imperative to address all the comments received from the reviewers and avoid oversights; third, the resubmission of the revised manuscript must happen by the deadline provided by the journal; fourth, the revision process might comprise multiple rounds.

The revision process requires two major documents. The first is the revised manuscript highlighting all the modifications made following the recommendations received from the reviewers. The second is a letter listing the authors’ responses illustrating they have addressed all the concerns of the reviewers and editors. These two documents should be drafted carefully. The authors of the manuscript can agree or disagree with the comments of the reviewers (typically agreement is encouraged) and are not always obliged to implement their recommendations, but they should in all cases provide a well-argued justification for their course of action.


Given the ever increasing number of manuscripts submitted for publication, the process of preparing a manuscript well enough to have it accepted by a journal can be daunting. High-impact journals accept less than 10 percent of the articles submitted to them, although the acceptance ratio for special issues or special topics sections is normally over 40 percent. Scholars might have to resign themselves to having their articles rejected and then reworking them to submit them to a different journal before the manuscript is accepted.

The advice offered here is not exhaustive but it’s also not difficult to implement. These recommendations require proper attention, planning and careful implementation; however, following this advice could help doctoral students and other scholars improve the likelihood of getting their work published, and that is key to having a productive, exciting and rewarding academic career.


These workshops are aimed at helping young African investigators acquire skills and develop strategic means to communicate with the broad neuroscience community and, in particular, to publish scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. The selected participants will, in addition, present their data at the SONA 2017 International Meeting ( in poster format. Travel (flight tickets), lodging and meals during the workshop, and registration for the SONA 2017 Conference will be provided to the selected participants.

Requirements for participants:

The workshop is designed for young investigators from African institutions who wish to publish in international journals their research work related to basic and clinical neuroscience. Preference will be given to those with manuscripts prepared for publication to be “edited” during the workshop.


Applicants from African institutions should submit:

1) the application form (incomplete forms will not be considered);

2) one letter of reference from the supervisor;

3) a copy of the abstract to be submitted (or already submitted) to the SONA 2017 International Meeting following the instructions indicated on the Conference website. The abstract should summarize/highlight the data the applicant wishes to publish. More material will be requested from the selected participants before the workshop.

The results of the selection of participants for the Workshop by the organizing committee will be communicated by February 24, 2017.

Application Deadline: February 12, 2017 (11:59p.m., CET)

Apply here

If there are any questions about the Workshop please contact Dr. Marina Bentivoglio (co-organizer) or Dr. Silvia Gabrieli (workshop assistant) at Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

Organizer: Prof. Athanase Millogo (University of Ouagadougou)

Aims and Scope of the School:

The aim of this school is to review the essentials of published studies of the parasitic etiologies of epilepsy and to assist young researchers in the field of epilepsy and tropical diseases.


This school will address the aforementioned issues with a special emphasis placed on the most common causes of epilepsy in Africa including parasitic infections. Current understanding of the pathophysiology of epilepsy as well as its therapeutic lines and controversies around the etiological role of onchocerciasis will be discussed.

Who should apply to this School?

Residents in neurology and/or psychiatry and neuroscientists

What costs will be covered for selected applicants?

  • Students selected from outside of Senegal - Travel, meals and accommodation will be covered.
  • Students selected from Senegal - Meals will be covered.

Application deadline: February 6, 2017 (11:59 p.m. CET)

Apply here

For all enquiries, please contact Dr. Athanase Millogo at Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.


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