AREF-ROCHE, GENENTECH launch Fellowship program for African scientists

AREF-ROCHE, GENENTECH launch Fellowship program for African scientists

Roche and the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) have launched a new fellowship program to support the next generation of African scientists.

The AREFRoche and Genentech Fellowship Program will support three emerging African scientists to become leaders in the fields of clinical pharmacology, pathology and human genetics.

The selected fellows will spend nine months at world-leading Genentech and Roche laboratories to develop and refine their research ideas, engage with a global network of mentors, and build their capacity to address prevailing health challenges across Africa.

With Research and Development (R&D) investment in Africa being largely underfunded at just 1.3% of the global R&D spend and only 2.5% of clinical trials being conducted in Africa, this fellowship program aims to equip emerging African scientists to become health research leaders.

This is a critical step in the right direction to accelerate Africa’s health research output and reduce the continent’s disproportionate disease burden.

 “African scientists should be at the forefront of producing research that addresses Africa’s unique health needs. That’s why AREF is committed to nurturing and supporting emerging health researchers with fellowship placements at globally reputable research centres, to acquire advanced research skills, develop mentorship relations and collaborate with an international network of scientists.  We are thrilled to offer this new fellowship and to equip the talented fellows to become independent researchers and influential leaders, capable of tackling Africa’s public health challenges,” said Professor Sir Tumani Corrah, Founder and President of AREF.

Since 2015, AREF has invested in nurturing, mentoring, and supporting a community of researchers across Africa to become research experts and leaders, capable of tackling African and global health challenges. The Fund has supported over 600 researchers from 41 countries across Africa, setting them on the path to lead their own research teams within the continent and secure additional funding.

The AREF- Roche and Genentech Fellowship Program applications will launch this November and the fellowship program will kick off in July 2024, with a nine-month fellowship placement in some of the world’s leading laboratories. It will conclude with an opportunity for the talented fellows to win seed funding to further their research leadership and tackle critical health challenges in Africa.

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