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International Development Research @ Cambridge


This scheme offers research experience and training to early-stage researchers from low- and middle-income countries. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.

You can apply for a Training Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine if you’re a researcher based in a low- or middle-income country and have an eligible sponsoring organisation in a low- or middle-income country that will administer the fellowship for the full duration of the award. You must want to undertake a guided period of research so that you can consolidate your existing experience and explore new areas of research.

You must be a national of a low- or middle-income country and have:

  • a PhD and be an early-career researcher


  • a degree in a subject relevant to public health or tropical medicine and some initial research experience


  • a degree in medicine and be qualified to enter higher specialist training and some initial research experience.

If you don’t have a PhD, we'd expect you to register for one if you're awarded this fellowship.

Your research proposal should focus on one of the areas within our public health and tropical medicine remit. Research can include laboratory-based molecular analysis of field or clinical samples, but we don't usually consider projects focused solely on studies in vitro or using animal models.

The funding is awarded during 3 years (you can apply for renewal after this time) and covers salary, fees and research expenses covered.

Please read more and apply here.

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Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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