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Research Fellowships

Mathematical and Statistical Modelling

Developing and applying a transmission dynamics simulation model


Such as pipeline development for whole genome assembling of short read data for influenza virus or metagenomic random-primer sequencing data for samples from fever hotspots. Projects might be focused on new coding methods or analysis of existing data sets;

Next Gen Sequencing

Developing new or establishing and applying existing protocols

The Fellowships may be undertaken at the Fellow’s home institution with short periods at one of the GeMVi Partner institutions or as a placement away from the home institution at a GeMVi Partner or collaborating institution.

Research fellows will be provided with a budget of between 10,000 to 20,000 GBP. The funding level will depend upon duration of project, placement (home or overseas), travel and laboratory, computing or bioinformatics requirements. We will work with the successful applicants to develop the final detail of the award.


Eligibility Criteria



To qualify for the fellowships applicants should:

  • Have a PhD in the biological sciences, mathematics, computing science or statistics, where the project they undertook had a significant component of computational biology or infectious disease modelling or a Master’s degree with strong track record in genomic, informatics, or disease transmission and intervention modelling research.
  • Hold a research position in an East African research organisation or university. If on contract-based funding, they should have at least 6 months remaining beyond the proposed end of the fellowship.
  • Be able to provide a letter of support and release from the Head of their contracting institution. The institution should also confirm continued salary support for the fellow during the course of the fellowship.
  • Applicants without current institutional affiliation may be considered and a placement at a GeMVi Partner institution arranged. Decisions will be based on career track of the candidate and capacity benefits for East Africa.
  • Hold a valid passport (or adequate travel ID) and be ready to travel at relatively short-notice (without this the applicant recognizes they will be based entirely in their home country).