Growing the Leaders of Tomorrow Fellowship Programme 2017 for Young Leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Application Deadline: 15 march 2017, 18:00 central european time (CET).

The objective of the Growing the Leaders of Tomorrow Fellowship Programme is 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.

There is recognition that support is needed to develop young leaders in paediatric HIV clinical research, especially in resource-limited settings. This project seeks to contribute to the success of emerging paediatric HIV investigators in sub-Saharan Africa by providing participants a chance to work with internationally renowned mentors on a research project that will develop their skills and place them in a stronger position to apply for subsequent intermediate level fellowships or grants.

Specifically, the programme is aimed at medical practitioners from sub-Saharan Africa with clinical research experience and the potential to become the next generation of leaders in paediatric HIV clinical science. Candidates will have established links with a potential mentor, who is a prominent researcher in paediatric HIV with an established clinical research collaboration based at an institute of excellence in sub-Saharan Africa.

Eligibility criteria (2017 round)


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • A two-stage selection process will be followed: applications will be solicited from fellow-mentor pairs, and successful applicants will be invited to attend a skill strengthening and networking workshop on 13-15 May 2017 in Lilongwe, Malawi;
  • following the workshop 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.

The programme has four key outcomes:

  1. Fellows have increased knowledge and skills in HIV clinical research;
  2. Fellows can compete more effectively for international research funding opportunities;
  3. Fellows have strengthened relationships with a leading clinical scientist in paediatric HIV and with an institution of excellence in sub-Saharan Africa;
  4. Priority research gaps in paediatric HIV clinical science are addressed.

All fellows must apply for at least one intermediate fellowship or equivalent career development award or grant by the end of their two-year fellowship.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Growing the Leaders of Tomorrow Fellowship Programme 2017


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