APTI Postdoctoral Training Opportunity for African Young Professionals

APTI Postdoctoral Training Opportunity for African Young Professionals: Applications are now being received from interested and qualified person for the post-doctoral training fellowship program, the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI).  It is a fellowship program established  by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in partnership with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation under the auspices of the Coalition of African Research & Innovation (CARI). Training will be at a world class institute, the intramural laboratories of NIH. You should read details and apply for the opportunity.

Fellowship Sponsor(s): The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, coordinated by Coalition of African Research & Innovation (CARI)

Program Title: Postdoctoral Training Opportunity in Medical & Health Sciences

Program Location: USA.

Program Type: Postdoctoral training fellowship.

Slots: Several.

Country/Candidate Eligibility: Africans.


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About the Fellowship Program:

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. The research priority areas are in infectious diseases, nutrition, and reproductive, maternal, and child health and developing skills for clinical and translational research. Research on other significant burdens of disease in Africa will also be considered.

Basic Eligibility Requirements and Selection Criteria: Before you begin application for the APTI Postdoctoral Training Opportunity for African Young Professionals, it’s important you go through the eligibility conditions and requirements.

Candidate requirements: 

  • 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 following the award of their doctoral degree by their start date at the NIH.  The maximum five years of research experience are only after the doctoral degree has been earned.  Research conducted before the award of the doctoral degree does not count against this time.

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.

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Interested and qualified persons should;

Visit the Official Webpage to Start Application

Application Deadline: December 1, 2019, 1700hrs EAT.

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