Call for Applications: Infectious Diseases Symposium for Young Scientists 2019 (Funded)

Call for Applications: Infectious Diseases Symposium for Young Scientists 2019 (Funded)

Deadline: February 15, 2019

ASSAf, TYAN, ASSAf, SANTHE and TWAS-SAREP invites Young Scientists from Africa and based in Africa to submit their expression of interest and Abstracts for Oral Presentations for the Infectious Diseases Symposium 2019.

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) – Young Affiliate Network (TYAN), the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE) and the World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP) will be hosting an Infectious Diseases Symposium from 27 to 28 May 2019 in Durban, South Africa.

The theme of the symposium on ‘ONE HEALTH: A focus on Infectious Diseases in Africa’ seeks to increase knowledge and build capacity in infectious disease research amongst early career researchers in the Africa region. The main aim of convening this symposium from a One Health stance stems from the growing global threats of epidemics and the need for realisation of a collective sense of responsibility towards a proactive public health regime.


  • ASSAf will cover the travel and hospitality costs for the selected candidates for the duration of the symposium. Visa costs (if applicable) will be to the participants costs.


This call is open to early career researchers who are based in Africa. Applicants should meet the following criteria to participate:

  • Be resident in Africa;
  • Be early career researchers (those undertaking PhD or a Postdoctoral Fellowship);
  • Be under the age of 40;
  • Have research experience associated with infectious diseases. Click here for sub-themes;
  • Commit to be present and actively engage for the duration of the symposium;
  • Submission of an abstract that will be the basis for presentation at the symposium;
  • Willing to present and share current research results at the symposium.


Applicants should follow the instructions clearly:

  • Abstract must not be more than 300 words (excluding Title, Authors and Institutions) on the attached form
  • Abstract must be written in English

Click here to complete the online application form

For more information, visit Infectious Diseases Symposium.