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The African Postdoctoral Training Initiative Fellowships for Early-career African Scientists


APTI is implemented by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in partnership with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Through the program, APTI Fellows are trained and supported to become scientific leaders who can advocate for increased research and innovation projects in Africa.

This is done through 4-year postdoctoral fellowships where APTI Fellows are placed in various laboratories of the NIH Institutes or Centers (i.e., Intramural Research Program) for 2 years before returning to their home institutions in Africa for another 2 years of research.


The program offers the following according to the fellowship years

Years 1 and 2

  • During the first two years of the fellowship at the NIH, APTI fellows shall be engaged as a Postdoctoral Fellow under the NIH Intramural Visiting Fellow Program (VFP)

  • Stipend support and Health Insurance

  • Training support which includes Leadership, Management, Mentoring, Grant Writing, Resilience and Wellness workshops and courses through the Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE).

Years 3 and 4

  • APTI fellows shall be provided with a grant2 of up to USD 226,800 to support years 3 and 4 of the APTI fellowship as detailed below:

  • Salary support of up-to USD 38,400 per year subject to the home institution’s HR provisions.

  • Research support of up to USD 50,000 per year

  • Equipment purchase support of up to USD 50,000 (total)


Eligible applications for APTI fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be citizens of an African country, currently employed in an academic, research, or government position in an African country

  • Must have a relevant doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, MD, MBBS) awarded no more than 7 years before the application submission deadline.

  • Must have less than 5 years of relevant research experience after the award of their doctoral degree, by their start date at the NIH.

  • Must be fluent in English – reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Application Deadline: 30th September 2022

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