African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) Fellowship 2022/23

Applications are welcome for the 2022/23 African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) Fellowship.

APTI is implemented by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in partnership with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Through the program, APTI Fellows are trained and supported to become scientific leaders who can advocate for increased research and innovation projects in Africa. This is done through 4-year postdoctoral fellowships where APTI Fellows are placed in various laboratories of the NIH Institutes or Centers (i.e., Intramural Research Program) for 2 years before returning to their home institutions in Africa for another 2 years of research.

APTI fellowships are open to applications from fields of health research, with a focus on innovation aimed at the discovery and translation of transformative solutions to global health problems that are priorities for their home institutions and countries. Additionally, proposals should align with the focus areas of BMGF, the NIH, and the AAS. In this regard, specific areas of interest include:

  • Human immunobiology; (human) host-pathogen biology; vaccines and biologics discovery
  • Drug discovery: malaria, tuberculosis, pandemic viruses, contraception
  • Microbiome research
  • Genomics: human, pathogen, microbiome
  • Gene-based cures for HIV and sickle cell disease
  • etc

Duration: 1-4 years


  • Stipend support
  • Insurance
  • Training support
  • Research support of up to USD 50,000 per year
  • Equipment purchase support of up to USD 50,000 (total)


Eligible applications for APTI fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • Be citizens of an African country, currently in academic, research, or government position in an African country.
  • Have a relevant doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, MD, MBBS) awarded no more than 7 years before the application submission deadline?
  • Have less than 5 years of relevant research experience after the award of their doctoral degree, by their start date at the NIH. Brief periods of clinical work and/or teaching, that do not include research, may be allowable, but cannot exceed 2-3 years total.
  • Be fluent in English – reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
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Application Process

Interested applicants are welcome to apply for the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) Fellowship by clicking the link below

To apply, click here.

Deadline: September 30, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.

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