The Global Challenges Research Fund

Strengthening capacity at the start of research careers: young researchers exchange program in parasitology.

What it is?

This is a repeat of a very successful programme run last year by the University of Glasgow and the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology aimed at the young parasitology researchers from low- and middle-income African countries. It offers to a group of research students the opportunity to join one of the UoG parasitology teams for 3 months and work on a small individual research project. The students will acquire valuable experience in the international environment and will network and collaborate with both the researchers from the UoG and with each other.

What is covered?

The scheme covers student’s travel, accommodation and sustenance in Glasgow as well as part of the research costs (the remainder is covered by the team hosting the student)

Who is eligible?

In order to apply for the scheme the student needs to:

  • Be a citizen of an African low- or middle-income country
  • Have at least a BSc degree in a relevant field (e.g. biology, biochemistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, public health or epidemiology) or equivalent research experience.
  • Have a demonstrable interest and in parasitology or related field
  • Be at the early stage of his/her research training (preferably not yet in the possession of a PhD)
  • Be able to come to the UK for the period of January to March 2020 (includes being eligible for UK visitors visa)
  • Secure a mentor in a recognised research unit based in African LMIC willing to recommend the student and provide intellectual support through the exchange.

How to apply?

The student needs to:

  • Choose a research project from the provided list (alternatively students are welcome to contact one of the participating parasitologists from the University of Glasgow proposing their own project)
    Fill the application form (including the section filled by the student mentor)
  • E-mail the filled application and short CV to the following address

The deadline for application is 05.11.2019

Any questions regarding the scheme should be directed to Questions regarding individual research projects should be directed to potential supervisors.