2020 Johnson & Johnson-AESA Research & Development (R&D) Fellowship Programme
Deadline: July 31, 2020.
Johnson & Johnson and the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), with the support of the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, are committed to address this gap, by building drug development capacity and networks in Africa to enable countries to address diseases with high medical needs, locally. Through the establishment of a Research and Development (R&D) training fellowship programme for highly talented, suitably qualified and experienced African physicians, pharmacists, epidemiologists and/or MSc’s in public health to help close the R&D knowledge and experience gap that exists in many African countries.
This fellowship programme is managed by the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) is an Africa-led, Africa-centred, and Africa-specific funding and agenda setting platform created to accelerate scientific excellence, leadership and innovation.
- A citizen of any of the sub-Saharan African countries listed here: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Swaziland, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe;
- Employed in public, not-for-profit, or academic institutions, or industry;
- Holding of a scientific University degree (PhD, MD, physicians, pharmacists, epidemiologists, relevant master’s qualifications) with high interest to expand knowledge and experience in drug development and clinical development;
- Holding a degree and / or demonstrated experience in Public Health and/or local healthcare;
- Aged between 30 and 45 years at the time of application.
- Is a legal entity;
- Is based in a sub-Saharan African country listed here: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Swaziland, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
1) Your Letter of Motivation
Upload your letter of motivation detailing why you would like to be considered for this programme in .pdf format. This letter is not a summary of a research proposal, rather a summary of the strengths you would bring into the programme if you are considered, your motivation to participate in the programme, the alignment of this programme to your career goals, and a commitment to return to sub-Saharan Africa after your fellowship. The maximum allowed length is 2-pages. This letter should bear your signature.
Upload a brief and concise resume in .pdf format. The maximum allowed length is 2 pages.
3) Professional Letter of Recommendation
Upload one letter of recommendation from your work supervisor or academic supervisor detailing your suitability to this programme. Do not send the letter for recommendation under a “confidential” cover by email as this will not be accepted. Rather, upload the letter in the relevant section in the application form.
4) Institutional Letter of Support
Upload a letter of support from your institution in .pdf format. This the letter should be signed by your head of department of head of institution and be on official institutional stationery. The maximum allowed length is 2-pages.
The contents of the letter should express the institution’s intentions to:
- grant you 50% paid leave of absence from your work during the duration of the programme
- create an environment and/or opportunity at the home institution for you to return to after the 2-year programme, to optimally deploy the expertise, knowledge, and network acquired during the programme