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AFRO-NETS> Call for applications: Research Training Grants 2002

Call for applications: Research Training Grants 2002

The UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training 
in Tropical Diseases (TDR) invites applications for the award of Re-
search Training Grants (RTG) in 2002. Applicants must be nationals 
of, and employed in, the developing disease endemic countries (DECs), 
particularly from least developed countries, and low income and high-
burden countries with limited research capacity. 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 - malaria, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, 
lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis, African trypanosomiasis and 
Chagas disease, leprosy, dengue and tuberculosis in laboratory, 
clinical or applied field research disciplines relevant to TDR and/or 
national priorities. The training may take place in the home country, 
in another developing country, or in a developed country. TDR re-
serves the right to select the academic institution, research pro-
gramme or TDR-funded Research & Development (R&D) project where it is 
felt the most suitable training can be obtained.


Applications for training should be designed as an integral part of 
an institution development programme rather than an individual re-
quest. The successful applicants are expected to promote the devel-
opment of infrastructure and research environment, provide future 
training opportunities, exhibit scientific expertise in their chosen 
field, be conversant with information and communication systems, and 
to develop opportunities for collaboration with scientists and insti-
tutions in other countries where possible. 

Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of 
(a) research experience of applicant, 
(b) previous education sufficient to justify requested graduate
(c) quality and clarity of written application, 
(d) recommendation letters, 
(e) relevance of training to home institute, 
(f) relevance of training to home country/region, 
(g) research project presented (for PhD), 
(h) research environment in the home institution, 
(i) previous TDR funding, and 
(j) national commitment to research.

For further information and instructions, please contact

Steven Wayling
Manager, Research Training Grants (RTG)
Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)
World Health Organization
1211 Geneva 27
Fax: +41-22-791-4854
Tel: +41-22-791-3909
or see

Applications must be received by 31 October 2001 and will be reviewed 
by a sub-Committee of the Research Strengthening Group (RSG) in Feb-
ruary 2002.

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