A. Background

The PAIRWISE project focuses on dispersal and dynamics of antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB), antibiotic resistance genes (ARG) and antibiotics (ATB) in aquatic environments affected by wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), with a ‘One Health’ perspective ( in the catchments of both River Rwizi and Aswa. Overall objectives are to evaluate: i) dispersal of ARB, ARG and ATB in surface waters downstream of WWTPs; ii) carriage of ARB and ARG in livestock linked to surface waters influenced by WWTPs; and iii) role of aquatic birds in dispersal of ARB and ARG.

B. Call for applications

As part of the PAIRWISE capacity building component, the College invites applications for a one-year research scholarship tenable at Makerere University. The research area is: “Assessment of the level and dispersal of ATB in river water upstream and downstream of wastewater treatment plants and hospital effluent” 

C. Scholarship Benefits

The scholarship will support tuition, research costs, and a modest stipend. The applicants must therefore be full-time students. The support is available to applicants who have successfully completed Year One and preparing to start research projects in the 2021/2022 Academic Year.

D. Eligibility

- The scholarship is open to eligible MSc. students who have duly registered at Makerere University

- Applicant should have strong background/experience in analytical chemistry or biochemistry

- Applications from suitably qualified females are particularly encouraged

- Willingness and ability to work in remote areas of western and northern Uganda

E. Application process

The application package should include:

- One-page motivation letter on the above-referenced research area

- Curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages)  

- Copies of academic documents

- Evidence of registration on an MSc. programme at Makerere University

- Recommendation letters from two academic referees 

Applications should be compiled into a single PDF file and submitted electronically to the Principal Investigator, Assoc. Prof. Charles Masembe  (, and a copy to Dr. Robinson Odong (, by 02th April 2022.

Full call attached below.