The Office of Research, Innovation and Development wishes to inform the University community of the ‘Mentoring the Mentors in Global Health Research Workshop for West and Central Africa’. This workshop is co-hosted by the University of Ghana, the University of California Global Health Institute and the UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellows Programme.


Effective mentoring is vital for academic success and may help trainees and young investigators, particularly those from low and middle-income countries, to gain research independence while navigating the hidden rules and customs common to many academic settings. The relatively small numbers of senior scientists who are charged with mentoring the next generation of young investigators from diverse backgrounds also endures high professional demands. Ensuring that these mentors have the skills and tools they need to support the growth of young scientists from the region is the ultimate goal of the “Mentoring the Mentors in Global Health Research” workshop.

The workshop will focus on a number of topics including:

  1.  Setting goals and expectations for the mentor-mentee relationship;
  2. Developing a mentoring philosophy
  3. Enhancing communication strategies
  4. Identifying and resolving challenges
  5. Mentor and mentee evaluation strategies
  6. Time management
  7. Mentoring in the context of diversity and
  8. Work-life balance issues.


  1. Develop a conceptual framework for mentoring in global health research across West and Central Africa with examples (and a plan for dissemination).
  2. Identify facilitators and barriers to mentoring in global health research at the individual, institutional and global levels.
  3. Explore concepts of diversity in the West and Central African context that may affect the mentoring-mentee relationship.
  4. Share well-developed and published tools, techniques and resources regarding mentoring fundamentals from US and African institutions.
  5. Establish a cohort of mentors in global health research across West and Central Africa to support cross collaboration and ongoing training.
  6. Develop individual mentoring and action plans for institutions in West and Central Africa to support mentoring.


Twenty-five (25) mid-career and senior faculty from countries in Western Africa (Ghana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone: see list of institutions below) will be selected to participate in this highly interactive two-day meeting, led by faculty from several leading West African and US research institutions focused on expanding mentorship capacity to advance global health research.

Applicants need to be affiliated with one of these West and Central African Institutions:

  • University of Ghana
  • Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi, Ghana
  • Ghana Health Services
  • Navrongo Health Research Center, Ghana
  • Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana
  • University of Jos, Nigeria
  • University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Congo Basin Institute (CBI), Cameroon
  • University of Yaounde, Cameroon
  • Kinshasa School of Public Health, DRC
  • Kenema Government Hospital, Sierra Leone
  • CDC Sierra Leone

Date           :       Thursday 3rd – Friday 4th May, 2018

Venue         :       Tulip Inn, Shiashie-Accra

Time           :       8.30am – 4.00pm daily

Participants will be accommodated during the 2-day period. Participation is free.


Applications can be found here. Applicants must also submit a CV, an institutional letter of support, and a personal statement that describes how this workshop will meet his/her professional development goals and future career plans as a mentor for young and early career investigators in global health research. Completed applications are due by February 12, 2018 and successful applicants will be notified by March 5, 2018. Travel-related costs for the meeting will be covered through the participating consortia.

NB: On the online application form, select ‘GloCal’ as the UG affiliated consortium.

Please email inquiries to pamela.williams@ucsf.edu.