IVVN Fellowship Programme
We are very proud to announce a new fellowship programme for female scientists from low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs), funded by the IVVN and Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
Women are under-represented in science globally, and especially so in LMICs. According to data from the International Food Policy Research Institute, only 27% of researchers in LMICs are female.
As you will have heard in previous newsletters, our African Schools Outreach Programme, which launched last year, seeks to encourage more girls to take an interest in science from a young age. However, another problem is the lack of female representation at senior levels, with many women leaving science during their postdoctoral years.
In our last members' survey, a lack of mentorship opportunities was identified as a research barrier by many of our female members in LMICs. We hope this new fellowship programme will help to address this issue.
Successful applicants will receive funding to undertake a research project to address a key bottleneck to vaccine development. They will also be mentored by established scientists based outside their own countries, who will provide advice, broaden fellows' networks, and share experiences.
Find out more about the new fellowships here.