Growing the Leaders of Tomorrow Fellowship Programme 2017

Growing the Leaders of Tomorrow Fellowship Programme 2017

Deadline: March 15, 2017

Applications for the Growing the Leaders of Tomorrow are now accepted. The objective of the Growing the Leaders of Tomorrow Fellowship Programme is to contribute to strengthened HIV clinical research capacity in high-burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa by providing two-year research fellowships to three emerging young leaders in paediatric HIV clinical science.

There is recognition that support is needed to develop young leaders in paediatric HIV clinical research, especially in resource-limited settings. This project seeks to contribute to the success of emerging paediatric HIV investigators in sub-Saharan Africa by providing participants a chance to work with internationally renowned mentors on a research project that will develop their skills and place them in a stronger position to apply for subsequent intermediate level fellowships or grants.

Fellowship

  • Successful applicants will be invited to attend a skill strengthening and networking workshop on 13-15 May 2017 in Lilongwe, Malawi; following the workshop the final three awardees will be selected to receive a two-year fellowship of up to US$ 70,000 (US$ 35,000 per year);
  • The fellowship funds are to provide a stipend for the fellow and can support travel to attend one scientific meeting to present results; fellowship funds are not intended to cover direct research expenses, which must be provided by the mentor’s institution or additional grants.

Eligibility

Mentors

  • The mentor must be either an Associate or Full Professor or Chief/Principal Research Officer with an established position at a research institute in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Submit their CV, including publication record in paediatric HIV clinical research;
  • Demonstrate that they are the principal investigator of the proposed research project that the fellow will be contributing to and that direct research expenses and adequate infrastructure for the period of the fellowship will be provided for by other grants or sources of funding;
  • Establish a mentorship plan that demonstrates how the fellowship will contribute to skill building and professional development of the fellow, as well as ensuring successful completion of the research project.

Fellows:

  • The fellow must be a junior investigator with a doctoral degree (PhD) or a doctor of medicine degree (e.g., MD, MBBS or equivalent) obtained no more than ten years before the application deadline (after March 15, 2007) and who has less than five years of relevant research experience;
  • The fellow must hold a passport from a country in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • The fellow must fulfil one of the following criteria prior to the application submission deadline:
    • He/she is a clinical/research trainee (e.g., research or clinical fellow, senior medical resident/Registrar) at a sub-Saharan African academic institute or a sub-Saharan African institute whose primary mission is research;
    • He/she has a faculty or comparable position (e.g., assistant professor, lecturer, research officer) at a sub-Saharan Africa academic institute or a sub-Saharan Africa institute whose primary mission is research;
    • He/she is working at a sub-Saharan Africa organization with adequate research infrastructure to undertake the proposed research activities;
  • The fellow (and mentor) must demonstrate that funding to support the direct costs of the proposed research is available.

Application Process

For more information, visit Growing the Leaders of Tomorrow Fellowship Programme.

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