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APPLY: Growing the Leaders of Tomorrow 2017 HIV Research Fellowship

APPLY: Growing the Leaders of Tomorrow 2017 HIV Research Fellowship

Applications for the Growing the Leaders of Tomorrow are now being accepted by the Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER) to contribute to strengthened HIV clinical research capacity in high-burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa by providing two-year research fellowships to three emerging young leaders in paediatric HIV clinical science.

Application Deadline: 15th March 2017

Eligible Countries:  Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Congo, Republic of the, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, United Republic of, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Fields of Research: The research funded by the Growing the Leaders of Tomorrow Fellowship Programme must address crucial gaps in paediatric HIV research that impede optimal HIV diagnosis, prevention, treatment and care for infants, children and adolescents affected by HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Eligible research projects include original research that falls within defined priority clinical research questions.

Clinical research:

  • Pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic and pharmacogenomics studies of paediatric antiretrovirals and of drugs for co-morbid conditions (particularly for TB, and malnutrition) with a focus on pre-term infants and neonates.
  • Studies to evaluate the short- and long-term complications of HIV and of antiretroviral therapy and the pathogenesis of such complications, as well as management of HIV, including interventions to treat HIV co-infections (especially TB) and co-morbidities (including malnutrition), as HIV-infected children age through adolescence and young adulthood.
  • Studies to evaluate pharmacokinetics and safety of newer ARV drugs in pregnant women and in breast milk, and the effect of antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy on maternal pregnancy complications, pregnancy outcomes (e.g., prematurity, low birth weight) and neonatal outcomes (morbidity and mortality) in HIV- and antiretroviral-exposed uninfected and HIV-infected neonates, including studies to evaluate potential pathogenesis of adverse effects.
  • Studies to evaluate the long-term effects of in utero exposure to maternal antiretroviral therapy in HIV-exposed uninfected children and adolescents, including effects on metabolism, bone mineral density and growth, other laboratory/biologic markers, and physical and cognitive development.
  • Studies evaluating and/or validating diagnostic assays to assess neurocognitive and physical development among HIV-infected and HIV-exposed uninfected infants, children and adolescents in resource-limited settings.

Type: Research, Fellowship

Eligibility: 

Mentors:

  • The mentor must be either an Associate or Full Professor or Chief/Principal Research Officer with an established position at a research institute in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Submit their CV, including publication record in paediatric HIV clinical research;
  • Demonstrate that they are the principal investigator of the proposed research project that the fellow will be contributing to and that direct research expenses and adequate infrastructure for the period of the fellowship will be provided for by other grants or sources of funding;
  • Establish a mentorship plan that demonstrates how the fellowship will contribute to skill building and professional development of the fellow, as well as ensuring successful completion of the research project.

Fellows:

  • The fellow must be a junior investigator with a doctoral degree (PhD) or a doctor of medicine degree (e.g., MD, MBBS or equivalent) obtained no more than ten years before the application deadline (after 15 March 2007) and who has less than five years of relevant research experience.
  • The fellow must hold a passport from a country in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The fellow must fulfil one of the following criteria prior to the application submission deadline:
    • He/she is a clinical/research trainee (e.g., research or clinical fellow, senior medical resident/Registrar) at a sub-Saharan African academic institute or a sub-Saharan African institute whose primary mission is research.
    • He/she has a faculty or comparable position (e.g., assistant professor, lecturer, research officer) at a sub-Saharan Africa academic institute or a sub-Saharan Africa institute whose primary mission is research.
    • He/she is working at a sub-Saharan Africa organization with adequate research infrastructure to undertake the proposed research activities.
  • The fellow (and mentor) must demonstrate that funding to support the direct costs of the proposed research is available.

Selection: The Fellowship Programme is guided by a Steering Committee (SC), which is comprised of leaders in paediatric HIV clinical research, with experience in sub-Saharan Africa.

Number of Awardees: 3

Value of Fellowship: 

  • The final three awardees will be selected to receive a two-year fellowship of up to US$ 70,000 (US$ 35,000 per year).
  • The fellowship funds are to provide a stipend for the fellow and can support travel to attend one scientific meeting to present results; fellowship funds are not intended to cover direct research expenses, which must be provided by the mentor’s institution or additional grants.

How to Apply: Interested applicants may apply online via Fellowship Webpage

Visit Fellowship Webpage for Details

Award Provider: Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER)

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