Research Training Grants

The UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) invites applications for the award of Research Training Grants (RTG) from individuals who are nationals of, and employed in, least developed disease endemic countries (LDC) and developing disease endemic countries (DEC) with lesser developed research capacities.

Research Training Grants are awarded, on a competitive basis, for studies leading to a postgraduate degree, or for acquiring specialized skills.

Studies must be on one or more of the TDR target diseases - malaria, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis, African trypanosomiasis and Chagas disease, leprosy, dengue and tuberculosis, in laboratory, clinical, applied field research and social sciences disciplines, relevant to TDR and/or national priorities.

The training may take place in the home country, in another developing country, or in a developed country.

TDR reserves the right to select the academic institution, research programme or TDR-funded Research & Development (R&D) project where it is felt the most suitable training can be obtained.


Applications for training must be proposed as an integral part of an institution development programme that clearly documents the career development plans for the applicant.

Following training, grantees are expected to exhibit scientific expertise in their chosen field, promote the development of the home institute research environment, provide training opportunities, be conversant with information and communication systems, and to develop collaboration with scientists and institutions in country and with other countries where possible.

Applicants from countries requiring national endorsement should submit their application through proper government channels.

All candidates should send a copy of their application to the WHO Representative's Office in their home country for information purposes.

Applications are welcomed from individuals working and involved in Ministries of Health with responsibility for planning, implementing and/or evaluating disease control programmes related to TDR target diseases.

Preference is given to applicants under the age of 35 years.

All applications must be received by 15 November , by e-mail only at: RCStraining[at]

For more information see; Research Training Grants

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