TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellowships in Switzerland, 2019

Applications are open for the TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellowships jointly implemented by EDCTP and TDR, the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. These fellowships are open for early- to mid-career researchers and clinical trial staff (e.g. clinicians, pharmacists, medical statisticians, data managers, other health researchers) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to learn how to conduct clinical trials.

The purpose of the TDR CRDF program is to provide funding support to researchers and clinical trial staff from LMICs to acquire essential skills in clinical research and development through placements in host training organizations.

TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is a global programme of scientific collaboration established in 1975. It is hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO) and is sponsored by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Bank and WHO.


Scholarship Description:

  • Applications Deadline: March 7, 2019
  • Course Level: These fellowships are open to pursuing a research degree program.
  • Study Subject: The program is open to study as clinicians, pharmacists, medical statisticians, data managers, other health researchers.
  • Scholarship Award: The grant covers one economy class return air ticket (home – host training organization – home); a monthly stipend of approximately US$ 4000; a one-time allowance of US$1500 for educational support materials; health insurance and support to attend relevant meetings during the course of the fellowship, up to a maximum amount of US$ 3000, and access to an alumni website and to the Professional Membership Scheme for clinical trialists website.
  • A break at 6 months of fellowship may be offered to the fellow to return to their home institution to present to their peers the acquired training and scientific progress made.
  • The grant also includes provisional funds for reintegration, conditional upon the approval of a progress report and reintegration plan.
  • Nationality: low- and middle-income countries are eligible to apply.
  • Number of Scholarships: Not Known
  • Scholarship can be taken in Switzerland

Eligibility for the Fellowships:

To be eligible, the applicants must be following all the given criteria:

  • Eligible Countries: Scholarships are available to students from all around the world.
  • Entrance Requirements: On the date of the deadline set for the submission of applications, the fellow should:
    • Be a postgraduate (M.Sc or PhD) or medical/pharmacy graduate conducting clinical research activities in the scope of TDR's mandate.
    • Have obtained their first degree within the 15 years prior to submission of this application.
    • Have been a researcher or clinical staff member employed for the past 12 months in an institution with a registered legal entity in an LMIC conducting clinical research activities in the scope of TDR's mandate.
    • Must be a national or citizen of, and resident in, an LMIC (low and middle-income countries).

Application Procedure:

The application form must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • An endorsement from the Director of the applicant's home institution testifying the ability of the applicant to successfully undertake the training proposed and certifying that the applicant, if selected, will be financially supported as a leave of absence.
  • The Director has also to indicate how the proposed training will strengthen the institution's capability, to conduct clinical research upon return of the fellow.
  • A letter of recommendation from two senior scientists/professors that includes their full name, address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address. Please scan and include these with the application.

How to Apply: To apply for the fellowship, the applicants must download the application form and submit in electronic format (Word or PDF only) to [email protected]

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