AREF/EDCTP Preparatory Fellowship: Joint Call with the Africa Research Excellence Fund


Deadline: 1 February 2019

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) is seeking proposals for a program entitled “Preparatory Fellowships – Joint call with the Africa Research Excellence Fund”.

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The purpose of the AREF/EDCTP Preparatory Fellowship is to enhance the competitiveness of up and coming post-doctoral sub-Saharan African scientists and clinicians aspiring to receive international /regional /national fellowships or grant support, such as the EDCTP Career Development Fellowships.

The AREF/EDCTP Preparatory Fellowship targets outstanding early-career researchers residing in or wishing to relocate to sub-Saharan Africa who demonstrate independent scientific thinking and have potential to deliver locally relevant research with measurable impact and within the scope of the EDCTP programme.

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Objectives

The objectives of this call are to:

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  • Enable outstanding sub-Saharan African researchers (0 to 3-year post-PhD) to:
    • further advance their research skills, through short-course(s) and hands-on training, especially using biological samples and data they or their home organisations have generated;
    • strengthen their competencies in project and proposal design;
    • enhance essential their generic/transferable researcher skills that will allow them to secure research partnerships, and make effective use of fellowships;
    • contribute to creating a pool of researchers optimally equipped with the expertise and skills to address local research needs.
  • Enable individuals to deploy their own resourcefulness and research relationships to best effect in competing for early/mid-career fellowships, such as (but not limited to) the EDCTP Career Development Fellowships
  • Enhance career development and retention of postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate medical researchers in research in and for sub-Saharan Africa
  • Provide a firm foundation and increase the quality, efficiency and impact of fellowship projects funded by organisations such as EDCTP.

Funding Information

  • The call budget is EUR 400.000.
  • The requested EDCTP contribution per project should not exceed EUR 400,000. The funding level is 100% of eligible costs.

Eligibility Criteria

A proposal will only be considered eligible if:

  • its content corresponds, wholly or in part, to the topic/contest description for which it is submitted
  • it complies with the eligibility conditions set out below, depending on the type of action:
    • The applicant must be an organisation with an established legal entity in sub-Saharan Africa (the applicant legal entity)
    • The fellow must be employed or have guaranteed employment by the applicant legal entity (the home organisation) where they intend to remain working for a minimum of two years after the expiration of the grant
  • Fellows must:
    • be a post-doctoral scientist;
    • have been awarded their doctorate within 3 years before submission deadline of the AREF-EDCTP Preparatory Fellowship application;
    • have been either a PhD student or MD, who have been active researchers for up to three years following award of their doctorate;
    • be resident of or be willing to relocate to a sub-Saharan African country;
    • not have been funded under this fellowship scheme before.
  • The requested EDCTP contribution per action shall not exceed EUR 70,000
  • Placements sought shall be for a period of at least 3 and up to 9 months, following which there will be a re-integration period of up to 3 months. The maximum fellowship duration shall be 12 months.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

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