Training and fellowships

TDR's grant and training activities aim to develop strong leadership in health research and decision making, so that high quality institutional and national systems can identify and manage research priorities. Grant opportunities include support for post-graduate academic training, career development, short courses and research.

Selection of universities to manage TDR International Post Graduate Training Scheme (2015 to 2019)

Submission deadline: 28 February 2015

This is a call for applications from universities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to host and manage the TDR international post graduate training scheme on implementation research (IR). The long term goal is to strengthen capacity of disease endemic countries for identifying public health needs, develop appropriate solutions and translate them into policy and practice for improved health and wellbeing of their populations.

EDCTP-TDR clinical research and development fellowships call for proposals

Deadline for submission: 31 January 2015 17:00:00 Central European Time (CET)

Researchers and key members of clinical research teams from low- and middle-income countries are invited to apply for the EDCTP-TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellowship scheme. Successful candidates will be placed with leading product development organisations, including pharmaceutical companies and product development partnerships (PDPs) – the host organisations- for a period of up to 24 months. A total of 25 fellowships is available for this call; 18 companies have offered to host fellows.

List of grants whose application submissions have recently expired

Call for health research regional training centre in the WHO African region

Closed: 30 June 2014

In line with health research needs identified with both the WHO African Regional Office for Africa and TDR, this call is for identifying a regional training centre in the WHO African region ( list of countries is available at Over a two-year time period, this centre should progressively integrate a panel of skill-building courses on implementation research, ethics, good practices, project planning, management and evaluation and results dissemination in their training programs. They will also be expected to offer a train-the-trainer programme to disseminate these courses among other institutions in the region, and to organise regular training programmes where other institutions and organizations can plan to send candidates for training.

Call for applications: 2014 Impact grants

Closed 30 May 2014.

A total of 437 applications were received from 74 countries representing all the six WHO regions.

The review and selection process is underway. Applicants not meeting the criteria will be informed according to the following timelines:
1. Eligibility screening outcome - end of June.
2. Internal technical review outcome - end of July.
3. External technical review outcome - end of September.
4. Funding in fourth quarter, 2014.

Please note that this schedule may change. Applicants are encouraged to regularly visit this website for updates.

This grant scheme is designed to strengthen capacity for health research to have an impact on the control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), tuberculosis or malaria. This call is primarily to support acquisition of skills for research that addresses implementation bottlenecks, identify optimal approaches for real life settings, and promotes the uptake of research findings. The goal is improved health care and its delivery.

Read more about the Impact Grant and the 2013 grantees.

TDR advanced postdoctoral research and training grants in implementation research – 2014

Individuals who are nationals of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) were invited to submit applications for advanced postdoctoral research and/or training grants. Two types of grants were offered: strategic support for re-entry and postdoctoral research and training grants for the acquisition of special skills relevant to research, research management or leadership.

TDR postgraduate training grants in implementation research – 2014

TDR invited applications for postgraduate training grants leading to MSc and PhD degrees focused on disciplines relevant to implementation research (such as, but not limited to, epidemiology, social sciences, biostatistics, health economics, health/medical education, health information systems, community and environmental health).