African NTD Network

European Foundations Initiative for Research into NTDs

Fellowship programme objectives

  • Provides funding for outstanding young African researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa to carry out applied research at African research institutions.

  • Focuses on translational or operational research questions. Proposals are welcome that address the public health issues related to preventing and treating neglected communicable tropical diseases, including those from social scientists, such as medical anthropologists, as well as from biomedical researchers.

  • Offers 3-year Junior Fellowships to recently qualified African postdoctoral researchers and 3-year Extended Fellowships for more experienced researchers. Further support could be possible so that Fellows can progress from postdoctoral researcher to research group leader positions.

  • Draws on collaboration between African and European research institutions, with the Fellow determining with which European institution he/she proposes to collaborate and on what research issues and topics. Scientific visits to non-African scientific institutions may be included but must not exceed more than 4 months annually.

  • Provides for additional support to the Fellows beyond salary, travel and research costs – the Mentorship Programme will enable the Fellows to establish links to leading African and non-African scientists and training will be provided in key career skills such as proposal writing and communication at annual meetings of all Fellows.

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