EDCTP-AREF Preparatory Fellowships for Sub Saharan African Countries

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Last date: 
Friday, October 13, 2017
Sierra Leone

Detailed Description


The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) joint call with the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) are seeking applications for its “Preparatory Fellowships”.

The purpose of the EDCTP-AREF Preparatory Fellowships is to enhance the competitiveness of up and coming post-doctoral African scientists and clinicians aspiring to win international /regional /national fellowships or grant support, such as the EDCTP Career Development Fellowships, through short-term placements at a host organisation in EU Members States, in countries associated to Horizon 2020 or in Sub-Saharan Africa which will be contracted by the home organisation to host the fellow.


Enable outstanding African researchers (0 to 3-year post-PhD or MD) to:

  • Further advance their research skills, through short-course(s) and hands-on training, especially using biological samples and/or data they or their home organisations have generated; 
  • strengthen their competencies in project and proposal design; 
  • enhance essential “generic/transferable researcher skills” that have the outcomes of secure research relationships, and effective use of fellowship/grant opportunities and funding; 
  • contribute to creating a critical mass of researchers optimally equipped with knowledge 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 only) the EDCTP Career Development Fellowships 
  • Enhance career development and early retention of postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate medical researchers in research in and for sub-Saharan Africa 
  • To provide a firm foundation and increase the quality, efficiency and impact of fellowship projects funded by organisations such as EDCTP.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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, and 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 €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

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

For more information, please visit EDCTP-AREF.