APTI Candidate’s Requirements

  1. What are the research priority areas for the APTI call?  The research priority areas are in infectious diseases, nutrition, and reproductive, maternal, and child health and developing skills for clinical and translational research.
  2. Can you kindly further explain what "Must have less than 5 years of relevant research experience by their entry on duty date at NIH" means?  The requirement means that by the time a successful candidate is reporting on duty to NIH labs starting September 2018, their relevant research experience should be five years or less.  This means that this call is principally focused on early career researchers who have been be active in research but with no more than five years of active post-PhD research experience. However, we also make the following exception:  a successful candidate could be someone who may have earned their PhD, MD or MBBS more than 10 years ago but was involved in clinical care for e.g. eight years of non-research clinical care, and only got involved with research for the last 2-5 years.
  3. Should the research experience be less than 5 years after completion of PhD or less than 5 years total research experience? The research experience should be less that five-years after completion of PhD.
  4. Can someone about to graduate and does not yet having a permanent employment be eligible to apply for the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative?  The programme is targeting researchers who are already working at an African institution with a research position to return to upon completion of program. 


Structure of the APTI Programme

  1. Will the entire fellowship will be in the USA? Do you need to have a specific research in mind by the time of application?  The first two years of the program is located at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. At the end of year 1 and 2, the postdoc will have an opportunity to return home for a few weeks.  The last two years the postdoc returns to their home institution to continue their research.
  2. Is the applicant required to identify potential research groups/mentors in the NIH as part of the application?  No, the postdoc will be matched to the appropriate lab. 
  3. If admitted to the program, is there scope for one to conduct ongoing studies in Africa during the postdoc program or one will work strictly within the host NIH lab?  The postdoc will strictly work in the labs at NIH.  The postdoc will also have an opportunity to travel home after years 1 and 2 for a few weeks.
  4. Is it a requirement of the application submission process to have the approval of an NIH group to host the fellow? The applicant does not need to receive approval from an NIH lab prior to applying.  However, they will be interviewed by the labs as part of the applicant review process.

  5. How much could be the stipend? The salary for the 2-years at NIH is approximately $50,000 (the high end) per year for 2 years, and that will be based on level of experience. 
  6. If I miss this call, will there be other calls of similar nature in future?  We will recruit another cohort of researchers in 2020.
  7. Can a selected awardee defer the award to a later date?  Due to the structure of funding and lab availability we will not be able to accept deferments to the program in this call for applications.


Submitting the APTI Application

  • Can I submit my application in MS Word?  The application must be written in English and completed online.
  • Where can I find the application link? On the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) webpage: http://www.aasciences.ac.ke/aesa/programmes/the-african-postdoctoral-training-initiative-/
  • To whom should the professional letter of recommendation and letter of support be addressed?  You can address the letters to the following address:-
    Postdoctoral Programme Manager
    African Academy of Sciences
    8 Miotoni Lane, Karen
    P.O. Box 24916-00502
    Nairobi, Kenya