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2018 African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) Fellowships for Researchers



Application Deadline: 11th May 2018

Applications are currently ongoing for the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) Fellowships for African Researchers. Interested students should see the details below.

2018 African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) Fellowships for Researchers

Details and FAQs About the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) Fellowships

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering under the auspices of the Coalition of African Research & Innovation (CARI) to establish a post-doctoral training fellowship program, the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI).  Training will be at a world class institute, the intramural laboratories of NIH.

When is the application deadline?

11th May 2018

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

African countries

In which host country will I be studying?

Candidate’s home country.

What is the award about?

APTI fellows will train in a global health research area of priority for their home institutions and countries, and AAS, BMGF and NIH, while building bridges and lasting connections between the partner organizations and African scientists and institutions. While at the NIH, the fellows must be on leave or sabbatical from their home institution under the NIH Intramural Visiting Fellow Program

Field of Research

The research priority areas are in infectious diseases, nutrition, and reproductive, maternal, and child health and developing skills for clinical and translational research.

What is the category of this opportunity?

Research, Training

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

  • Must be citizens of and currently employed in an academic, research, or government position in an African country.
  • Must have a relevant doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, MD, MBBS) awarded no more than 15 years earlier.
  • Must have less than 5 years of relevant research experience by their entry on duty date at NIH.

What is the selection criteria?

  • Professional merit, scientific ability, and potential future career impact (based on CV, letter of interest, and two reference letters).
  • Assurance and availability of resources from the home institution for a designated, funded research position for the postdoc upon completion of their fellowship (expressed in letter from director/head of research of home institution).
  • Commitment to return to their home country following completion of training (expressed in a letter of interest).
  • A selection committee will ensure the best match of outstanding candidates and NIH laboratory positions. Additional selection factors may include diversity in scientific research areas, geographic origin, and gender.

How many scholarship awards are available?

Not specified

Value and Duration of Award

APTI fellows will be expected to lead important research programs in their home countries and institutions. After successful completion of the two-year postdoctoral fellowship, trainees will be provided with 50% salary support for an additional two years to assist their transition into independent researchers.

How to Apply for the Programme

Application Link

Program Webpage



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