Funding Call Details
Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2022
Do you belong to a cadre of talented early-career African scientists who wish to be trained abroad and return to their home institutions and become scientific leaders in their community, help solve Africa’s challenges in global health and development, and become trainers for the next generation? If yes, the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) has an opportunity for you.

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.

APTI fellows are expected to be a part of an African regional and global web of collaborations connecting to their home institutions. Moreover, the APTI fellows will be linked to existing African and global scientific networks and will be expected to nurture these scientific collaborations and relationships. Currently, the APTI program has two active cohorts. The current call for applications will recruit about 10 fellows to form the 3rd cohort of APTI fellowships.

Who can apply?
Ideal proposals for APTI fellowships
Support package for APTI fellowship
Role of the Home Institutions
A key ingredient for the APTI program is a focus on the Home Institutions (HIs) for APTI fellows. Here, APTI expects commitment from HIs to provide conducive research environments and dedicated research time for the fellows upon their return home. A letter of support from the applicants’ Home Institutions will be required, confirming the HI’s commitment to the requirements for the APTI fellowship. Specifically, the HI must explicitly commit to:

Granting the APTI fellow unpaid leave or sabbatical for 2 years to enable them to relocate to the NIH for the 1st phase of the APTI fellowship
Keeping contact with the APTI fellow while at the NIH through regular meetings (virtual or otherwise) to monitor progress and prepare for the Fellow’s return
Offering appropriate conditions for the APTI Fellow to independently direct their APTI fellowship research, including management of funding, after their return from the US for the 2nd phase of the APTI fellowship
Providing the APTI Fellow with at least 50% of protected time for research at the Home Institution after their return from the NIH. The APTI program shall provide funds to support at least 50% of the APTI Fellow’s salary to facilitate the time commitment on the APTI program during the 2nd phase
Being directly responsible for the supervision of the APTI Fellow’s research activities
Providing information required for the Good Financial Grant Practice (GFGP) due diligence process and implement recommendations/actions thereof. The GFGP due diligence process shall be conducted at no cost to the home institution, as part of the pre-grant award process for the 2nd phase of the APTI fellowship
How to apply

APTI 3 Call_FRENCH.pdf


APTI 3 Call-ARABIC.pdf



Sheila Wetugi

Grants Officer, African Academy of Sciences

Phone: +254 20 240 5150 | Email:


The application deadline is Friday 30th September 2022 at 17:00 East African Time (GMT +3).