Welcome to the IAVI x DTHF

The IAVI fellowship programme has been running at the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation (DTHF) since 2016. The IAVI International Training Programme forms part of Accelerate the Development of Vaccines and New Technologies to Combat the AIDS Epidemic (ADVANCE) Strategic Area 3: Strengthening Capacity for HIV Vaccine and Biomedical Prevention Research. ADVANCE is a 10-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

The IAVI Fellowship provides a stepping-stone for young researchers to further their academic career and to take tangible research skills back to their home countries to assist in lowering the level of HIV/TB burden in Africa and increase the overall quality of research globally.

Until 2019 the programme hosted 17 fellows in-person from 9 different African countries including: Burundi, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia. The programme has always been run as a capacity building exercise based on the clear need for continued mentorship and resources to support adolescent health research in sub-Saharan Africa.

At the end of 2019 it was decided to transform the programme to a structured and decentralised online e-fellowship in order to address challenges while innovating with the aims of increasing reach and providing access to a wider group of African researchers and academics.

This programme is aimed at those post-graduate researchers and academics that are actively seeking mentorship from experts in the field of HIV, TB and adolescent health research in order to meet their goals. The fellowship is ideal for those working on specific academic outputs who have reliable access to a stable, high-speed internet connection.

Expected academic outputs that fellows should achieve during their time on the programme are exemplified but not limited to the following: publications in peer-reviewed journals, abstracts, conference posters, PhD proposals and concept notes, study protocols and designs, grant writing and fundraising for research health guidelines and policies etc.

Fellows are expected to make themselves available for regular weekly meetings and to have deliver at least one academic presentation during the one-year fellowship programme. The programmes generally run concurrent to the calendar year, starting in January and ending in December, therefore fellows are expected to be able to commit to a full year of engagements with peers and mentors. There is a monthly stipend available to support their partaking in the programme.