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AFRO-NETS> Tropical Medicine Research for Researchers from Developing Countries


  • Subject: AFRO-NETS> Tropical Medicine Research for Researchers from Developing Countries
  • From: Andrea Egan <egana@mail.nih.gov>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 16:29:02 -0400 (EDT)




Tropical Medicine Research for Researchers from Developing Countries
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The Wellcome Trust has a long-standing interest in tropical medicine
research and offers opportunities for training and for undertaking
research projects in the tropical and/or developing countries of the
world. Studies of all aspects of health and disease in developing re-
gions are encouraged - including both infectious and non-infectious
human diseases and veterinary problems. The following awards are of-
fered to scientists from developing countries.

Training Fellowships for Scientists from Tropical and Developing
Countries: intended to provide training and research experience for
applicants from tropical and/or developing countries. Training can
take place at international centers of excellence in any country of
the developing world, in the UK or the Republic of Ireland, with a
substantial period of research undertaken in the applicant's home
country. Studies of infectious or non-communicable diseases are
equally acceptable.

Eligibility: Applications are invited from postdoctoral basic scien-
tists, medical, dental or veterinary graduates of up to six years'
post-qualification research experience who are nationals of develop-
ing countries. Applications may be considered in exceptional circum-
stances from those who are educated to first degree or Master's
level, who are able to demonstrate substantive potential for research
and operational leadership and who have research experience equiva-
lent to a PhD, as evidenced by their publication record. Applicants
will wish to become independent research scientists through high
quality research into diseases of local or regional significance to
their home country and will need to provide a guarantee from their
home institution that they have an appropriate position to return to,
with the opportunity for continuing research. Requested training must
be relevant to the proposed research study and to the candidate's
longer-term career.

Funding: Awards will be for a maximum of four years, non-renewable,
and will include a stipend/salary appropriate to the countries in
which the candidate will be studying/working as well as project dedi-
cated costs and travel expenses. Consideration may also be given to
the expense of attending a course leading to a recognized qualifica-
tion in a discipline relevant to the fellowship research program.

Preliminary applications should include:
* An outline of the proposed research (1-2 pages of A4), including a
clear argument for the relevance of the project to the home country
and details of any proposed training;

* An approximate budget for the proposal;

* A brief curriculum vitae for the applicant and academic sponsor/s;

* Details of the home institute where the applicant will be working.
The Trust will need to implement certain checks to assess whether a
nominated institute is eligible to receive charitable funding and en-
sure that local controls and mechanisms are in place to provide the
appropriate stewardship of charitable funds;

* A guarantee from the host institution of subsequent employment for
the applicant, and opportunities for research;

* Written confirmation of arrangements from host institutions (both
in the applicant's home country and where training is proposed). Can-
didates must make their own arrangements with the institutions in
which they propose to work, both in their home country and where they
will train; and

* A letter of support from a suitable sponsor at the training insti-
tution. If the preliminary details meet the requirements of the
scheme, a full application form will be sent out. Applications are
considered throughout the year and at least six months should be al-
lowed between submission of the full application and the proposed
start date.

Research Development Awards: these awards are to enable junior clini-
cal and non-clinical researchers from developing countries to return
to their home institution and establish a program of research with
continued collaboration and support of a UK or Republic of Ireland
sponsor. Studies of infectious or non-communicable diseases are
equally acceptable.

Eligibility: Applications are invited from junior postdoctoral basic
scientists, medical, dental or veterinary graduates who are nationals
of developing countries. Candidates must have recently completed PhD
training or held a substantial research fellowship in the UK or Re-
public of Ireland. Research proposals should address issues of health
and disease that are of local or regional significance. All appli-
cants must hold a full-time established post in an appropriate uni-
versity or research institute in a developing country.

Funding: Awards will be for a maximum period of three years. The
Trust will provide funds for research and equipment within the appli-
cant's home institution, some assistance towards research costs in
the UK and funds for exchange visits. The Trust will provide up to
GBP 12,000 per year to support research within the applicant's home
institution, along with research equipment of a maximum value of GBP
15,000 (including freight charges). Travel and subsistence expenses
are also provided to allow award holders to spend up to 3 months per
year in the UK or Republic of Ireland sponsoring laboratory. Up to
GBP 3,000 per year may be requested for research costs within the UK
laboratory. Travel and subsistence expenses may also be provided for
an annual visit of 2-4 weeks by the UK/ Republic Ireland sponsor to
the awardee's home institution.

Preliminary applications should include:
* An outline of the proposed research (1-2 pages of A4), with a clear
argument outlining the relevance of the project to the home country;

* A brief curriculum vitae for both the applicant and the UK/Republic
of Ireland sponsor;

* Details of the home institute where the applicant has an estab-
lished post;

* A letter of support from a sponsor with an established UK/Republic
of Ireland academic post

If the preliminary details meet the requirements of the scheme, a
full application form will be sent out. Applications are considered
throughout the year and at least six months should be allowed between
submission of the full application and the proposed start date.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES AND INFORMATION

Contact:
The Tropical Medicine Program
The Wellcome Trust
183, Euston Road
London NW1 2BE, UK.
Tel: +44-20-7611-8409/8641
Fax: +44-20-7611-7288
mailto:tropical@wellcome.ac.uk

Alternatively, further information on these schemes, including appli-
cation procedure and full eligibility criteria, is available from the
Wellcome Trust website at:
http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/international

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