About Us

The Sustained Academic Research and Training Program (SACERT) is an international collaboration between UCLA and various universities in South Africa. This grant focuses on training predoctoral students from South Africa for 5 years. The COVAR-COMMS team in South Africa will focus on methods, measure, and findings from their studies and how to present them.

SACERT is very similar to our other international training program Phodiso, which we will be applying for the renewal of. If it is approved, all scholars that have graduated from both SACERT/Tirisano and Phodiso studies will be invited to participate. The other COVAR-COMMS teams could also invite their students and this would result in additional, new collaborations between the COVAR-COMMS countries.