Call for WHO/TDR Research Training Grants 1999 (RTG'99)
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Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)
Call for Applications for Award of Research Training Grants in 1999
TDR invites applications for the award of research training grants
(RTGs) from persons who are nationals of the developing disease endemic
countries (DECs), working in the developing countries, and whose
research interests are related to one or more of the TDR target diseases
- malaria, leprosy, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, lymphatic
filariasis, onchocerciasis, African trypanosomiasis and Chagas disease.
RTGs are awarded, on a competitive basis, for studies leading to a
postgraduate degree, or for acquiring specialized skills. Studies must
be on one or more of the TDR target diseases in any of the laboratory,
clinical or applied field research disciplines.
The training may take place in the home country, in other developing
countries or in developed countries. TDR reserves the right to select
the institution, research programme or TDR-funded Research & Development
(R&D) project where it is felt the most suitable training can be obtained.
TDR's training priorities are closely linked to TDR's R&D objectives.
Applicants are recommended to request information on TDR's R&D
priorities (related to their application) identified in the Steering
Committee and Task Force workplans. Please see the attached sheet for
the list of TDR workplans. The relevant workplan may be obtained from
"TDR Communications" at the address given below, by e-mail at
<TDRNEWS@WHO.CH>, or via the internet at http://www.who.ch/tdr/.
Applications are judged by an external group of reviewers on the basis
of the scientific quality of the proposal, the need for the proposed
training in relation to TDR and national priorities, and the potential
contribution of the proposed training on local capacity building and on
disease control activities.
Preference will be given to applicants:
* from countries with lesser developed research capacities;
* who wish to pursue PhD studies in their own country or within their
* under the age of 35 years;
* from any institutions receiving current TDR funding in either capacity
building or R&D projects, and where the training is linked to these
* working and involved in Ministries of Health with planning, executing
and evaluating disease control programmes related to TDR target diseases;
* already enrolled in a local PhD programme who wish to receive short
term (3-6 months) specialized training abroad to acquire skills not
available within their own country and/or to cover expenses connected
with their thesis research.
What an application should include:
Scientists who wish to apply for RTGs should send the following
information, type-written, to the address given below (no application
forms are required).
1. Full name in capital letters with the family name underlined.
2. Date of birth and nationality.
3. One recent passport sized photograph.
4. Name, address, telephone number, cable address, telex address/number,
fax number and e-mail address of institution where the applicant is
5. Educational qualifications, including place of study, date and - if
possible - grade obtained (transcripts and photocopies of qualifications
are not required).
6. A description (in not more than 12 lines) of the applicant's current
post and of the post held immediately preceding the current post.
7. A description (not exceeding 10 lines) of the applicant's current
8. A list of the applicant's publications (with references), and other
abstracts or presentations.
9. A letter of recommendation from two senior scientists/professors that
includes their address, telephone numbers, cable addresses, telex
addresses/numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses. If possible, please
include these with the application.
10.If the applicant is or has recently been involved with a TDR-funded
project, provide the title of the project and the name of the principal
11.Type of training requested e.g., for studies leading to PhD or MSc
abroad or within the country, or for short-term specialized training;
and discipline and disease of study e.g., malaria epidemiology,
socioeconomic research on leishmaniasis, etc.
12.An outline (3-4 pages) of the proposed research to be carried out
during the training, including rationale, objectives and methodology,
citing a minimum of 5 recent references.
13.The name(s) and address(es) of institution(s), in order of
preference, where the applicant would like to study, with copies of
correspondence enclosed if contact has already been made with these
14.Applicants already registered for a doctoral degree in their own
countries and who would like to seek support for their dissertation
research should provide evidence of registration and an itemized budget
not exceeding US$10,000, endorsed by their supervisor.
15.An endorsement from the Director of the applicant's home institution
testifying to the ability of the applicant to undertake successfully the
proposed studies and certifying that the applicant, if awarded TDR
support for research training, will be granted a leave of absence and,
on return from training, will be assured of a post for at least three
years. The Director should also indicate how the proposed training will
strengthen the research capabilities of the institution or how it will
assist in the planning and evaluation of a particular disease control
Applicants from countries requiring national endorsement should submit
their applications through proper government channels. A copy of the
application should be sent to the WHO Representative's Office in their
home country for information purposes.
All applications must be received by 15 November 1998 at the following
Mr Steven Wayling
Research Capability Strengthening
Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases
World Health Organization, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
Telex: 415416 OMS
Applications should be sent by mail. In case applications are sent by
fax followed by mail, please mark the mail copy "confirmation of fax".
Applicants will be informed of the outcome in April 1999
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