Joint Advanced Seminars , JAS 1 for cohort 5 fellows and JAS 4 for cohort 2 fellows will be held concurrently on March 2-27, 2015 in Nairobi Kenya. JAS 1 will focus on building the fellows’ critical thinking skills, technical skills and other core research competencies. In addition, it will introduce fellows to essential concepts and seminal articles of relevance to their discipline. JAS 4 is aimed at addressing professional development including skills necessary to raise and manage research funds, grant writing and research management, development of courses, management of large classroom sizes, and supervision of graduate students. JAS 4 is also designed to serve as an opportunity for senior fellows to practice mentoring of junior fellows through discussion and laboratory sessions, software training, and general information sharing. The seminars will be organized into four consecutive weeks of teaching, each covering a range of topics.