The African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) Fellowships is open to talented early-career African scientists who wish to be trained abroad and become scientific leaders in their community, help solve Africa’s challenges in global health and development, and become trainers for the next generation. The fellows are to receive support for stipends, insurance, training, research, equipment and salary. This opportunity window closes by September.
APTI is implemented by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in partnership with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Through the program, APTI Fellows are trained and supported to become scientific leaders who can advocate for increased research and innovation projects in Africa.
This is done through 4-year postdoctoral fellowships where APTI Fellows are placed in various laboratories of the NIH Institutes or Centers for 2 years before returning to their home institutions in Africa for another 2 years of research. APTI fellows are expected to be a part of an African regional and global web of collaborations connecting to their home institutions.
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- Training support
- Salary support up to USD 38,400 per year
- Research support up to USD 50,000
- Equipment purchase support up to USD 50,000
Level and Areas of Study
The opportunity is for postdoctoral study in fields related to Health Science.
Place of Study
The program is hosted at National Institute of Health (NIH) Campuses in US.
Eligible applications for African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) Fellowships must meet the following criteria:
- Must be citizens of an African country, 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 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. Such applicants should submit a request (with justification) for consideration.
- Must have less than 5 years of relevant research experience after the award of their doctoral degree, by their start date at the NIH. Brief periods of clinical work and/or teaching, that does not include research, may be allowable, but cannot exceed 2-3 years total.
- Must be fluent in English.
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- Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for APTI grants and if the call is suitable for you.
- Identify the host institution and work closely with them when writing your proposal, to ensure that your host institution can provide you with the support you will need to implement your research project.
- On successful submission of your proposal, you will receive an ‘acknowledgment of receipt’ e-mail.
- After the submission of your application, your proposal shall be checked to determine its completeness and eligibility with reference to the Call requirements. Qualifying applications shall be subjected to an expert review process to shortlist application for further consideration.
- Eligible proposals will be further reviewed by the NIH and BMGF. A subset of applicants will be contacted to schedule a virtual interview.
- Successful applicants will be matched with an appropriate NIH intramural laboratory.
Submission Deadline: September 30.