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Seven universities from low- and middle-income countries have been selected to host the TDR international postgraduate training scheme in implementation research to improve health. There are 3 universities in Africa, 2 in Asia, and 1 each in Latin America and the Middle Eastern region. Each will serve students from their regions.
The new plan will provide up to US$ 13 million in support for over 200 PhD and Masters degree students in the next 4 years. The grants are available to students from low- and middle-income countries. The goal is to enhance graduate training capacity and boost the number of researchers in these countries, and provide regional support through these universities and the Regional Training Centres supported by TDR.
TDR Director John Reeder says, “This is a sea change for us. We are moving from managing individual training grants from Geneva to strengthening ongoing programmes at major universities in disease-endemic countries, where the work needs to take place.”
The first round of grants will take place for this academic year, with each university announcing its own application process that will also be advertised in the TDR network. In each region, successful applicants will be enrolled as postgraduate students in these universities, and their careers tracked with the new TDR Global alumni and stakeholder platform that will be launched in the next year, providing ongoing monitoring of the impact of the programme.
Why implementation research support?
Implementation research is a growing field that supports the identification of health system bottlenecks and approaches to address them, and is particularly useful in low- and middle-income countries where many health interventions do not reach those who need them the most.
The universities selected
Of the 49 applications submitted, 7 were selected for site visits and approved for funding. Each university is expected to manage around 5-10 postgraduate fellowships supported by TDR each year:
James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh
Universidad de Antioquia, National School of Public Health, Colombia
University of Ghana, School of Public Health, Ghana
Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
American University of Beirut, Faculty of Health Sciences, Lebanon
University of the Witwatersrand, School of Public Health, South Africa
University of Zambia, Department of Public Health, Zambia
For more information, contact Olumide Ogundahunsi (


  • josephmutalejm josephmutalejm 23 Jul 2015

    wow this is awesome how i wish there was an opportunity for diploma holders i would have loved to take part

  • jobygeorge05 Joby George 23 Jul 2015

    I wish too

  • bongoecam Bongoe Adamo 24 Jul 2015

    This is a nice opportunity for a field clinician working in remote areas like me not only the improvement for my personal skills but also for the staff and student we supervise.

  • Amazing Opportunity ,,,,,

  • gideoncornel gideoncornel 28 Jul 2015

    Awesome. I hope interested persons from Kenya who do not have a representative university can as well apply for the same to the selected universities in other countries.

  • khayombe Peter Hayombe 24 Aug 2015

    Very uplifting opportunity

  • rweye014 Hieronimo Rweyemamu 14 Sep 2015

    A golden opportunity...research development

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