The 3rd cohort of the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative(APTI) fellowships by AAS is now open for application

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF),has partnered with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) to announce a call for applications for the 3rd cohort of the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) fellowships. Fellows are offered training and support that enhances them to become scientific leaders who can advocate for increased research and innovation projects in Africa.

The APTI fellowships are mainly open to applications from fields of health research, with a focus on innovation aimed at the discovery and translation of transformative solutions to global health problems.

The APTI training is done through a 4-year postdoctoral fellowship where the fellows are placed in various laboratories of the NIH Institutes for 2 years before returning to their home institutions in Africa for another 2 years of research.

For one to qualify to be applicant one must be a citizen of an African country and currently employed in an academic, research, or government position in an African country. The applicant should have a relevant doctoral degree awarded no more than 7 years before the application submission deadline. Applicants whose doctoral degrees were awarded earlier may be considered on a case-by-case basis subject to justification.

The applicant should have less than 5 years of relevant research experience after the award of their doctoral degree. Brief periods of clinical work and/or teaching, that does not include research, may be allowable, but cannot exceed 2-3 years total.

A major requirement is that the applicant should be fluent in reading, writing, speaking and listening in English and the submission for the applications opened on 16 August 2022 and closes on 30 September  2022, at 17:00 East African Time (GMT +3).

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