Mentoring fellowships for women in low-and-middle income countries awarded
On International Women’s Day 2021, the IVVN is delighted to announce that we have awarded research funding to six women from low-and-middle income countries (LMICs) as part of a fellowship programme jointly funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of vaccination and the need for continued development of vaccines for livestock and zoonotic diseases. However, women continue to be underrepresented in agricultural research and in leadership positions, particularly in LMICs.
To contribute to efforts to address this issue, the IVVN in collaboration with IDRC, have developed a fellowship programme to support women postdoctoral scientists working at research organisations in LMICs. The programme provides funding for researchers to work on a defined piece of research addressing a key bottleneck preventing the development of vaccines. Mentoring is a key component of the fellowship programme and fellowship awardees will be mentored by a local and international mentor. Fellowships will support the awardee’s professional development, build research capacity within the awardee's research organisation and accelerate the development of vaccines for livestock and zoonotic diseases.
Funding has been awarded to six awardees based in Brazil, Egypt, India, Kenya and South Africa and fellowship projects focus on a variety of pathogens including coronaviruses, tilapia lake virus, Newcastle disease virus, Salmonella enterica, Streptococcus agalactiae, Staphylococcus aureus and Theileria annulata.
Many congratulations to all fellowship awardees!