The WHO/TDR clinical research and development fellowship invites applications for the Women Leaders in Global Health Challenge Contest for 2018/2019 academic year.
The WHO/TDR clinical research and development fellowship (“the fellowship” in this challenge) provides support for mid-career individuals from low and middle-income countries (LMIC) to spend one year in a high-income country to learn about clinical research. Mid-career is defined as within 10 years of a medical degree or PhD. Over the past four years, 16-24% of fellowship applicants have been women and about one-quarter of all participants are women. But this is not a simple problem and we need your creative solutions.
A wide range of concerns may discourage women from applying, including issues related to moving away from home (finding work for spouses and child care), administrative issues related to going from an LMIC to a high-income country (obtaining visas for spouses, children, and care-givers), and other obligations associated with caregiving.
The TDR program announces the fellowship at the end of November and the deadline is at the end of February. The application consists of a CV, demographic information, and answers to short questions. Evaluation criteria include scientific excellence (publications, grants), impact (influence on individual career and home institution), and implementation (plan for re-entering after the fellowship). Although there are TDR staff available for questions, they do not provide pre-application mentorship. There are six months between being selected and starting the fellowship. All fellows are from LMIC and join organizations in high-income countries for 12 months.
Worth of Award
- This challenge provides support for mid-career individuals from low and middle-income countries (LMIC) to spend one year in a high-income country to learn about clinical research.
- At least three semi-finalists will be supported (registration, travel, hotel, per diem) to join and present their idea at the Women Leaders in Global Health conference in November 2018.
- Selected finalists will have their idea implemented to increase women’s participation in this fellowship.
All fellows are from LMIC and join organizations in high-income countries for 12 months.
Criteria for judging submissions
Submissions will be judged on a 1-10 scale according to the following three criteria:
(1) capacity to increase the number of women who apply and receive WHO/TDR fellowships;
(3) innovation, defined as different from the current practice used in the fellowship.
Final decisions about semi-finalists will be made by the Steering Committee.
How to Apply
- Send them your plan to expand women’s participation in a mid-career fellowship from WHO/TDR. This could be a way to more widely disseminate the fellowship call in order to increase awareness, a way to make the fellowship more conducive to women with caregiving obligations, or a way to increase the number of qualified women applicants. Be creative!
- Submissions must be written in English and less than 500 words. Submissions with figures have a 450 word limit.
Deadline: applications close July 1, 2018