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EDCTP Career Development Fellowships in Poverty-related Diseases and Child and Adolescent Health.

Close date: 05 August 2020

The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to support early- to mid-career researchers (“fellows”) by providing them with opportunities to train and develop their clinical research skills.


For many young scientists in developing countries the transition from doctoral qualification to becoming an established, independent researcher is very difficult due to a lack of sustainable research funding and limited access to established research networks. As research in the field of poverty-related diseases (PRDs) gains momentum, it is paramount to facilitate opportunities for early and mid-career scientists in sub-Saharan Africa to develop their clinical research skills. Providing possibilities for individual training would enable talented scientists to establish themselves as independent researchers and team leaders at host institutions in sub-Saharan Africa for long-term continuity, networking and research ownership in the region for fighting PRDs, including areas that lack enough trained researchers, such as maternal, child and adolescent health (MCAH). In the next 10 years, it is essential for researchers in sub-Saharan Africa to establish centres of excellence in research for MCAH. These require trained personnel in this health area and well-equipped centres.

The objectives are:

1. to promote retention of postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate medical researchers in the clinical or field research areas of sub-Saharan Africa; 2. to equip the fellows to establish themselves as independent researchers with the ability to establish their own research teams at host institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.

Proposals should enhance the ability of the fellow to design, plan and execute clinical biomedical and/or social science/ethics research projects within the scope (1) of the EDCTP2 Programme.

Due to the extraordinary global crisis of COVID-19 that is also affecting African countries, this topic should also be considered by applicants.

Expected impact

Projects funded under this Call for Proposals should:

  • contribute towards the achievement of SDG3 ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’

  • promote career progression of researchers in Africa

  • encourage entry and reintegration of African scientists trained abroad and

  • enable the retention of postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers in their respective research fields and that the researchers develop into independent researchers and team leaders at host institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.

Ultimately these grants will contribute to the generation of a critical mass of clinical or field/social science/ethics researchers and institutional research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa.


A proposal/application will only be considered eligible if: 1. its content corresponds, wholly or in part, to the topic/contest description for which it is submitted; 2. it complies with the eligibility conditions for participation set out below, depending on the type of action:

  • The applicant must be a legal entity established in sub-Saharan Africa

  • The fellow must be employed or have guaranteed employment by the applicant legal entity (the host organisation) where they intend to remain working for a minimum of two years after the expiration of the grant.

  • The applying fellow must: – be a resident of or be willing to relocate to a sub-Saharan African country; – be either a graduate in a subject relevant to the EDCTP2 programme, with a PhD and up to five years’ relevant postdoctoral research experience, or a medical doctor with up to five years’ research experience; – have at least one publication in an international peer-reviewed journal; – not have been funded under this fellowship scheme before.

  • The requested EDCTP2 contribution per action shall not exceed EUR 150,000.

  • The maximum fellowship duration shall be 36 months.



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