SSI/ISID Infectious Diseases Research Fellowship Program 2020 for Scientists/Physicians from Developing Countries

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ISID and the Swiss Society for Infectious Diseases (SSI) jointly sponsor the SSI/ISID Infectious Diseases Research Fellowship Program.

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The purpose of this Fellowship Program is to support infectious disease physicians and scientists from under-resourced countries through multidisciplinary clinical and laboratory training at select biomedical institutions in Switzerland.

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The objectives of the Fellowship Program are:

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  • To train promising young physicians and scientists from under-resourced countries for clinical and research positions in infectious diseases.
  • To foster partnerships between fellows and infectious disease leaders in Switzerland.
  • To increase scientific research capacity in under-resourced/high disease burden countries.

Opportunities for training and research in a variety of areas ranging from basic studies of the mechanism of disease to studies in public health, epidemiology, diagnostics, therapeutics or vaccine development, are available through this program.

The term of the Fellowship is for one year. The start date will be determined by arrangement between the host institution and the Fellow.

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A financial stipend of up to 50,000 CHF per year (approximately $51,000 USD) will be given to Fellows to cover travel costs and living expenses.  The program intends to award one fellowship every year.

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Eligibility

SSI/ISID fellowships are open to residents of low and middle income countries as classified by the World Bank who have either a M.D. or Ph.D. in a relevant field and hold a position at a medical, research or public health institution.

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NOTE: Applicants are required to be proficient in writing and speaking English and either German (for Basel, Bern and Zurich) or French (for Geneva and Lausanne). Applicants who propose a research-only fellowship do not need French or German fluency.

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Requirements

Applications should be made using our online submissions system and include:

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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of commitment from the applicant’s home institution guaranteeing position upon completion of the fellowship
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Personal statement describing career goals and objectives, and relevance of training

The deadline for applications is April 24, 2020.

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Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by a joint SSI/ISID committee.

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Additional Information

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Training Sites
SSI/ISID Fellows will be placed at one of five collaborating research centers in Switzerland according to technical interests and skills. All infectious diseases programs at each institution offer experience in clinical infectious diseases, including HIV, and microbiology.

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Application Deadline: April 20th 2020.

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