2019 EDCTP Career Development Fellowship for Young Scientists from Sub-Saharan African Country

Deadline: November 27, 2019.

For many young scientists in developing countries the bridge between doctoral qualification and an established research career is the most difficult to cross due to lack of continued research funding and lack of access to established research networks. As research in the field of poverty related diseases (PRDs) gains momentum, it is paramount to facilitate opportunities for early and mid-career scientists in sub-Saharan Africa to develop their clinical research skills. Providing possibilities for individual training would enable talented scientists to establish themselves as independent researchers and team leaders at host institutions in sub-Saharan Africa for long-term continuity, networking and research ownership in the region.



A proposal/application will only be considered eligible if:

    1. its content corresponds, wholly or in part, to the topic/contest description for which it is submitted
    2. it complies with the eligibility conditions for participation set out below, depending on the type of action:
  • The applicant must be a legal entity established in sub-Saharan Africa (the applicant legal entity)**.
  • The fellow must be employed or have guaranteed employment by the applicant legal entity (the host organisation) where they intend to remain working for a minimum of two years after the expiration of the grant.
  • The applying fellow must:
    • be a resident of or be willing to relocate to a sub-Saharan African country;
    • be either a graduate in a subject relevant to the EDCTP2 programme, with a PhD and up to five years’ relevant postdoctoral research experience, or a medical doctor with up to five years’ research experience;
    • have at least one publication in an international peer-reviewed journal;
    • not have been funded under this fellowship scheme before***.
  • The requested EDCTP2 contribution per action shall not exceed EUR 150,000
  • The maximum fellowship duration shall be 36 months.


Projects funded under this Call for Proposals should:

  • contribute towards the achievement of SDG3 ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’
  • promote career progression
  • encourage entry and reintegration of African scientists trained abroad and
  • enable the retention of postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers in their respective research fields and that the researchers develop into independent researchers and team leaders in sub-Saharan Africa.



ovartis aims to co-fund this call with at least five additional fellowships (to a maximum value of € 750,000) for proposals conducting research in the area of maternal and child health on the interaction between PRDs* and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).





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