Weekly round-up #231


Has VALIDATE Helped you? Let us know!
VALIDATE has been supporting its community of researchers for over 5 years! We are busy collecting stories about how we have helped the careers and research of our 549 members and want to hear about how we have helped. Please get in touch if VALIDATE has supported you in some way, including: 

  • Did we help you expand your professional network or build a collaboration?
  • Did you spot funding, an event, or a job via our website?
  • Did we inspire any new ideas for your research in one of your seminars?
  • Have we provided training that has helped your career or research or career?

Get in touch with your VALIDATE story - validate@ndm.ox.ac.uk



  • OWSD Early Career Fellowship - award of up to USD 50,000 offered to women who have completed their PhDs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects - deadline 19 September 2022
  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships - Provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social, and research-based growth - deadline 21 September 2022
  • AREF Fellowship - This is a 2-year fixed-term full-time training fellowship with compensation including a monthly stipend to cover living expenses and support for international travel for training purposes - deadline 22 September 2022
  • AAS - African Postdoctoral Training Initiative Fellowships - Training early career scientists to respond to Africa's challenges in global health - deadline 30 September 2022

You can find a list of all relevant external funding we've spotted for our members on our external funding page.​​​​ ​​

Training Opportunities and Events:

​​​​​​Find more training and events opportunities on our Training and Events pages.

Job Opportunities:

More relevant career opportunities on our jobs page.


Check out our Publications Page for members' publications and email VALIDATE@ndm.ox.ac.uk if you have a paper you would like us to include.


Highlights on Twitter this week:

There was continuing reporting in the media about BCG’s apparent ability to protect against COVID from the Independent UK, The New York Times, news GP, The Boston Globe, and Leiria Economica. Nature reported on the research funding struggles in post-Brexit UK, we congratulated our little sister Bactivac on their 5th birthday, and researcher Lisa Nivison-Smith explained how tweeting can improve writing skills. The University of Buffalo reported on Jonathan F Lovell’s research on a new TB vaccine, The UN AIDS  Programme shared Madhu Pai’s call for the world to address racism in global health, and the BSI gave a two-week warning for abstract submissions to their 2022 Congress. The US CDC issued an alert after detecting melioidosis and Medical News reported on BCG's potential in protection against bladder cancer. Nature reported on cases of bullying and exploitation of researchers on foreign visas, gave some advice for protecting yourself against bullying, and reported on the need to put Neglected Tropical Diseases in the spotlight. Keep up to date with all the relevant news and opportunities by following @NetworkVALIDATE on Twitter.

Published: 23 August 2022