Leadership Development Fellowship Programme

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TDR is initiating a Leadership Development Fellowship (LDF) Programme at post-doctoral level that will allow experienced researchers from DECs to pursue professional development in a multi-disciplinarily and partnership manner.

The LDF programme will last for three years.

It will consist of two packages to support the successful applicants' personal, institutional and national development needs: a standard package; a tailored package.

The standard package will include:

  • Internship at TDR Geneva (four weeks in the first year, two weeks in the second year and two weeks in the third year).
  • Internship at recognized institutions (up to 4 months). This internship will consist of intensive training in research management and leadership, followed by mentoring by a senior scientist from the host institution;
  • An annual meeting with other post-doctoral fellows.

    This will be designed in collaboration with the successful applicant and the programme coordinator, based upon the applicant's individual and institutional needs.


  • TDR is looking for experienced researchers who demonstrate an interest in and potential for leadership and innovation.
  • The applicant's career development plans and proposed research must be relevant to the needs of the country or region and TDR designated activities
  • Successful applicants will need to show a clear understanding and vision in setting research priorities to ensure relevant, sustainable and optimal health impact on neglected tropical diseases at the country and regional level.
  • They should also have a good understanding of the linkage between research and public health practice, and exhibit a strong sense of ethics.
  • Be a scientist who is a citizen of and resident in a DEC;
  • Be aged a maximum of 45 years at the time of the submission deadline;
  • Have a PhD and at least 10 years of research experience in an element of research relevant to TDR;
  • Be employed as a staff member of a DEC research institution, university or other recognized national institution that has an element of research relevant to TDR.
  • The applicant must have been employed by the institution or university for a minimum of 12 months prior to the date of application;
  • Be fluent in English;
  • Have at least seven significant publications (which may include peer-reviewed journal publications, policy documents, books, etc.)
  • Provide proof of being committed to work in the country from where they have applied for a minimum of three years after the completion of the grant (in order to contribute to the development of leadership in health research).

    TDR is looking to support individuals whose home institution has the potential to:

  • Develop appropriate systems and structures of governance for proper research management;
  • Undertake ethical, high-quality research projects;
  • Facilitate the translation of research into practice;
  • Lead, through a network approach, the sustainability of research in priority areas of neglected infectious diseases and health service problems;
  • Promote self-sustainability and quality assurance.

    Deadline: 30th September.

    For more information and application, visit: Leadership Development Fellowship Programme Website
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