Fellowships

What are GFBR Fellowships?

The GFBR fellowships provide a unique opportunity for people attending the Forum to work in partnership to further explore issues that have arisen during the course of a GFBR meeting. There are three types of fellowship: travel, project and meeting.

 

The third round of applications will open in November 2017.

 

General conditions

The following conditions apply to all three fellowships:

  • Applications for each round are only open to people who attended the most recent GFBR meeting.
  • Applications should fit in with the goals of the GFBR and be relevant to the subject matter of the most recent GFBR meeting.
  • The normal maximum that can be applied for is US$10,000 but a higher amount will be considered on a case-by-case basis in exceptional circumstances if there is a strong justification. Applicants should not automatically request the full normal maximum.
  • Applications for conference attendance as a stand-alone activity will not be considered.

 

Travel Fellowships

The GFBR travel fellowships are intended to support visits to a country other than the country where the applicant is based. They are designed to give the applicant the time needed to develop a topic and also learn from being in a different research environment. The length of the visit is usually between 2 weeks and 3 months. One of the key aims of the GFBR is to promote new global South/South or North/South collaborations. The scheme is not designed to support travel from one high income country to another.

As part of your application you will be asked to:

  • Detail your career history, education and training and provide a list of your peer-reviewed publications or other academic outputs.
  • Detail your current work and the objectives of your visit.
  • Identify and explain why you have chosen the host organisation.
  • Say when you plan to undertake the visit and what you plan to do during your time (e.g. an itinerary).
  • Indicate what outputs you expect to produce (e.g. conference presentations, academic papers, policy document or public engagement activities).
  • Explain how this trip fits in with the goals of the GFBR.
  • Propose a budget (e.g. travel, accommodation and general living costs).
  • Provide a signed letter from your supervisor or management at your current institution (supporting your trip and confirming that it is necessary and relevant).
  • Provide a letter from the receiving institution confirming your invitation and explaining who will be available to support/mentor you during your fellowship.

 

Project Fellowships

The GFBR project fellowships are intended to support specific projects, the outputs of which may be conference presentations, academic papers etc. Please note that one of the key aims of the GFBR is to promote new global South/South or North/South collaborations. It is expected that any academic outputs are not sole-authored pieces or collaborations solely with others from your current institution.

As part of your application you will be asked to:

  • Detail your career history, education and training and provide a list of your peer-reviewed publications or other academic outputs.
  • Detail your current work and the objectives of your project (including an explanation of why you have chosen the topic).
  • Explain what you plan to do during your time on the grant (e.g. meetings, research).
  • Indicate what outputs you expect to produce (e.g. conference presentations, academic papers, policy document or public engagement activities).
  • Explain how your project fits in with the goals of the GFBR.
  • Propose a budget.
  • Provide a signed letter from your supervisor or management at your current institution (supporting your trip and confirming that it is necessary and relevant).

 

Meeting Fellowships

The GFBR meeting fellowships are intended to support the costs of holding an event that builds on the annual GFBR meeting discussion and furthers the GFBR’s aim to promote new global South/South or North/South collaborations.

As part of your application you will be asked to:

  • Detail your career history, education and training and provide a list of your peer-reviewed publications or other academic outputs.
  • Detail your current work and the objectives of your meeting.
  • Say who you plan to invite and what you plan to do in the meeting (e.g. a draft agenda with key topics).
  • Indicate what outputs you expect to produce (e.g. reports, publications, network development).
  • Explain how this meeting fits in with the goals of the GFBR.
  • Propose a budget.
  • Provide a signed letter from your supervisor or management at your current institution (supporting your trip and confirming that it is necessary and relevant).

How will the successful applications be selected?

Selection of the applications will be through a competitive process. Applicants must have attended the most recent GFBR meeting.

The GFBR Steering Committee will review the applications and make a selection based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of application to the subject matter of the previous GFBR meeting (ethics of research in pregnancy).
  • Appropriateness of fit between applicant and host institution (for travel fellowships only).
  • Whether collaboration will help to develop new and valuable connections between countries and institutions.
  • Reasonable cost calculations.
  • Value of anticipated outputs.

 

The Steering Committee will make a decision and aim to inform applicants of the outcome within two months of the submission deadline.

How do I apply?

The fellowships are administered by Wellcome on behalf of the GFBR. To apply you need to register and create an account on the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker (WTGT). It is through this portal that you can access and complete the fellowship application form.

 

For reference, you can follow this link to view a sample fellowship application form.

 

If you have any technical questions regarding the WTGT registration process please contact the helpdesk (gtsupport@wellcome.ac.uk or +44(0)20 7611 8383).

 

If you have any queries about the application process more broadly, please email the GFBR secretariat.

Awarded fellowships 2015-16

The 2015-16 Fellowships relate to the GFBR meeting theme “Emerging epidemic infections and experimental medical treatments”.

Dr Derrick Aarons – The Caribbean Public Health Agency – for a project entitled “Ethics oversight of research on emerging epidemic infections and experimental medical treatments.”

Dr Julio Canario – Centro Nacional de Investigaciones en Salud Materno Infantil, Dominican Republic – for a project entitled “Ethical challenges for international collaborative research in the context of Zika in the Caribbean.”

Dr Ama Edwin – Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana – for a project entitled “Development of operational guidance for epidemics ethics.”

Dr Morenike Ukpong – Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria – for a project entitled “Ethical considerations and community engagement when conducting research during an infectious disease emergency.”

Mr Aminu Yakubu – Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria – for a project entitled “Motivation to participate in trials of epidemic prone diseases.”

Awarded fellowships 2016-17

The 2016-17 Fellowships relate to the GFBR meeting theme “Ethics of research in pregnancy”.

Dr Ricardo Palacios Instituto Butantan, Brasil – “Development of reference documents to incorporate pregnant women in vaccine clinical development plans”

Dr Irene Melamed – Latin American School of Social Sciences, Argentina – “Open Educational Resources: a strategy to reduce the know – do gap in “Ethics of Research in Pregnancy”

Dr Jackeline Alger Instituto de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Parasitologia Antonio Vidal, Honduras – “Forum on research integrity and ethics of research in pregnancy in Mesoamerica”

Dr Kenneth Ngure Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya – “Enrolling pregnant adolescents in biomedical research: Ethical considerations for HIV prevention studies”

Dr Mary Kasule University of Botswana – “Ethical and Scientific complexities in research involving pregnant women affected by HIV and women with the potential to become pregnant during HIV-related research: a case of Botswana”

Dr Titus Divala University of Malawi – “Ethical implications of the presumption of exclusion of pregnant women in malaria clinical trials”

Ms Sithembile Ruzario – Medical Research Council of Zimbabwe – “Developing guidelines for promoting inclusion of pregnant women in clinical trials in Zimbabwe”

Ms Haihong Zhang Peking University Health Science Center, China – “Empowering ethical review of research involving pregnant women in China: challenges and possible strategies at the institutional level”