July 21, 2019

TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellowships

Call for applications

Deadline for submission: 7 March 2019, 16:00 (GMT)

The Clinical Research and Development Fellowship (CRDF) scheme is jointly implemented by EDCTP (the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership) and TDR, the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. The 2018 Call for Applications launched by EDCTP can be found here. We invite applicants interested in a CRDF fellowship to carefully read the eligibility criteria below for both EDCTP and TDR Calls for Applications on their respective websites.

EDCTP will fund fellows employed by a sub-Saharan African legal entity (the fellow’s home organization) to be placed in European-based host organizations (pharmaceutical companies, Contract Research Organizations [CROs] and Product Development Partnerships [PDPs]) to be trained and develop specific clinical research skills of relevance to Poverty Related Diseases (PRDs).

TDR will fund fellows employed by academic and research institutions in any low- and middle-income country (including in sub-Saharan Africa) to be placed in pharmaceutical companies, PDPs and academic affiliated research organizations, either in or outside of Europe, to be trained and develop new research skills on infectious diseases.


TDR provides fellowships 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. Successful applicants are placed for 12 months in host training organizations (pharmaceutical companies, product development partnerships (PDPs) or research organizations) and then receive a reintegration plan for 12 months at their home institution.


Researchers and clinical trial staff from LMICs involved in clinical research projects have limited opportunities to gain experience and develop skills for conducting clinical trials outside of an academic or public sector setting. As a result, only a few manage to assume leadership roles in clinical research on poverty related and Neglected Infectious Diseases (NIDs).

The TDR CRDF programme is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA). It offers targeted training in research and development in host training organizations to develop highly skilled local personnel from disease endemic LMICs, to enhance competencies in clinical trials for drugs, vaccines and diagnostics on a broad range of poverty related infectious diseases and Neglected Infectious Diseases (NIDs).


On the date of the deadline set for submission of applications, the fellow should:

  • Be a postgraduate (MSc 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.

Please consult the PDF file below to find out more about placements, selection process, scope and expected impact of the CRDF programme.

Full text of the call
pdf, 673kb

Application procedure

Please send the completed application form in electronic format (Word or PDF only) to cdftdr@who.int.

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 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.

Financial provisions

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.


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