The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Training Opportunity in Medical & Health Sciences in 2020
The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering under the auspices of the Coalition of African Research & Innovation (CARI) to establish a post-doctoral training fellowship program, the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI). Training will be at a world class institute, the intramural laboratories of NIH.
APTI fellows will train in a global health research area of priority for their home institutions and countries, and AAS, BMGF and NIH, while building bridges and lasting connections between the partner organizations and African scientists and institutions. While at the NIH, the fellows must be on leave or sabbatical from their home institution under the NIH Intramural Visiting Fellow Program
The research priority areas are in infectious diseases, nutrition, and reproductive, maternal, and child health and developing skills for clinical and translational research. Research on other significant burdens of disease in Africa will also be considered.
Worth of Award
- The salary for the 2-years at NIH is approximately 50,000-65,000 per year for 2 years, and that will be based on level of experience
- After successful completion of the two-year postdoctoral fellowship, trainees will be provided with 50% salary support for an additional two years to assist their transition into independent researchers.
- Must be citizens of and 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 15 years earlier.
- Must have less than 5 years of relevant research experience following the award of their doctoral degree by their start date at the NIH. The maximum five years of research experience are only after the doctoral degree has been earned. Research conducted before the award of the doctoral degree does not count against this time.
- Professional merit, scientific ability, and potential future career impact (based on CV, letter of interest, and two reference letters).
- Assurance and availability of resources from the home institution for a designated, funded research position for the postdoc upon completion of their fellowship (expressed in letter from director/head of research of home institution).
- Commitment to return to their home country following completion of training (expressed in a letter of interest).
- A selection committee will ensure the best match of outstanding candidates and NIH laboratory positions. Additional selection factors may include diversity in scientific research areas, geographic origin, and gender.
How to Apply
The application must be written in English and completed online.
Deadline: Application deadline is December 1, 2019, 1700hrs EAT