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Workshop to launch EDCTP Alumni Network in October

22 August 2017

Since its inception, EDCTP has invested in support for individual researchers at different stages of their careers through an evolving set of graduate and post-doctoral fellowship opportunities. During the first EDCTP programme, this commitment supported 56 Fellows, and in the first years of EDCTP2 (2014-2016), 26 African post-doctoral researchers including 7 Clinical Research and Development Fellows, 14 Career Development Fellows and 5 Senior Fellows, have received funding.

“EDCTP has provided a range of fellowships for a significant number of researchers in sub-Saharan Africa to date, providing a much needed opportunity for many of them to establish themselves as independent clinical researchers in their respective fields. EDCTP is proud to see many of our Alumni are now recognised as global leaders in their fields. We believe the launch of the EDCTP Alumni Network will create a platform that fosters further growth and collaboration of all our Fellows.”

Prof. Moses Bockarie, Director of South-South Cooperation and Head of Africa Office

EDCTP is pleased to announce that it will launch its Alumni Network at a workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa on 3 and 4 October 2017.  The network is intended to showcase the professional profiles of our Fellows from across sub-Saharan Africa, facilitate reflection on experiences, and foster collaboration and networking among the more than 100 Fellowship alumni from the EDCTP programme to date.

A variety of stakeholders will be in attendance at the workshop, including the Department of Science and Technology (South Africa), the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), coordinators of EDCTP Networks of Excellence, representatives of AREF, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD),  and WHO. The programme will include success stories  from selected alumni, discussions with global partners about supporting  African-led clinical research, and a demonstration of the online Alumni Networking tool.

Fellowships are part of the broader EDCTP funding strategy to support development of African health research capacity and infrastructure, which includes Networks of Excellence and support for activities that strengthen ethical, regulatory and legal frameworks for conducting collaborative clinical research on poverty-related infectious diseases affecting sub-Saharan Africa.

More information

  • The event is by invitation only. For more information please contact Shingai Machingaidze (machingaidze[at]edctp.org)
  • Open Fellowship calls can be viewed here
  • Follow @edctp and #edctpalumni on Twitter to stay up-to-date with the Alumni Network launch event.

Note: This message was substantially updated on 23 August 2017