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.

There are currently no open calls for applications.

Below is a 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).

2013 Calls for applications

PAHO/TDR Call for Regional Small Grants Proposals

Health professionals and investigators from institutions in the PAHO Region were invited to submit research proposals addressing operational issues related to health care access for pregnant women and children, and strategies to integrate diagnostic and treatment services for Chagas diseases, hepatitis, syphilis and HIV.

AFRO-TDR small grants programme (2013)

The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), in collaboration with the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), is seeking research proposals for the Small Grants Programme (SGP) for implementation research in disease prevention and control and health systems research.

Joint EMRO/TDR small grants scheme

The Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office for the World Health Organization (EMRO), in collaboration with the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), is seeking applications for implementation research in communicable diseases.

Impact Grants (2013)

New short-term grant scheme designed for nationals from low- and middle-income countries. Support under this grant is flexible, based on public health relevance, scientific quality and the feasibility of achieving results within one year. Sixteen (up to US$ 50 000, non-renewed) were awarded in 2013. See for more information. Additional grants will be made available in 2014.