The Developing Excellence in Leadership and Genetics Training for Malaria Elimination in sub-Saharan Africa (DELGEME) programme is launching new calls for MSc, PhD, Post Docs to start in 2016


The Developing Excellence in Leadership and Genetics Training for Malaria Elimination in sub-Saharan Africa (DELGEME) is a new training programme sponsored by the Wellcome Trust Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science Africa (DELTAS Africa) initiative in partnership with the Department of International Development (DFID) and the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA). The partner institutions are the University of Science Techniques and Technologies of Bamako Mali (USTTB), Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit in The Gambia, The United States Army Medical Research Directorate (USAMRD-K)/KEMRI Kenya, The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR)-Navrongo Health Research Centre, Ghana, The National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) Tanzania, Université des Sciences de la Santé of Libreville, Gabon, Benhard-Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) Germany/Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR) Ghana, and the University of Oxford/Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute UK.
It is led by USTTB with MRC and USAMRD-K/KEMRI as the training hubs. In collaboration with MalariaGEN ( and the Plasmodium Diversity Network Africa (PDNA,, DELGEME aims to enrich the pool of African Scientists working in African institutions with relevant expertise to leverage big genetics and genomics data in the drive for malaria elimination in sub-Saharan Africa.
Over the next five years, DELGEME will be providing short-term and degree training (MSc, PhD, Post-doctoral) to at least 90 young African scientists. Fellowships will be hosted at an African institution with a curriculum in genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, biostatistics, data science and ethical issues in genetics/genomics. DELGEME fellows are expected to develop a research proposal that explore critical gaps in malaria genetics and molecular epidemiology to aid the malaria elimination agenda. Dedicated computational facilities will be available for fellows at the USTTB, the MRC, and USAMRD/KEMRI.


To develop advanced technical and analytical skills of African scientists in relevant areas of bioinformatics, next generation sequence analysis, population genetics, epidemiology, statistical and cellular/molecular biology of parasites, hosts and vectors in collaboration with local and International partners for malaria control and elimination in sub-Saharan Africa.
The specific aims of this call are to invite applicants for MSc, PhD and Post-Doctoral training in the above fields.

Evaluation criteria

  1. The candidate’s qualifications and motivations;
  2. The research quality of the project (for PhDs and Post-docs);
  3. The relevance of the proposed project in relation to the objectives of the call for proposals (for PhDs and Post-Docs);
  4. The academic basis of the PhD or Post-doc project at the relevant University or partner Institution.

Who can apply?

Only candidates who are nationals of PDNA memberi countries are eligible to respond to this call. It is a prerequisite that applications and projects are prepared in collaboration with at least one PDNA member institutionii. Prospective candidate must enroll or be currently enrolled for MSc or PhD in an appropriate Graduate School within Africa. For PhDs and Post-Doctoral fellows, it must be clearly demonstrated in the application that the proposed project is affiliated with an active research environment at a University/Research Institution. Candidates with an undergraduate training in computational, mathematics and physical sciences are also encouraged to apply.

Financial framework

The grant for each MSc fellowship will be up to £26,000 for two years or £13,000 for candidates who have already completed 1 year in a related curriculum towards a MSc. PhD fellowship will be up to £63,000 for 3 years and Post-doctoral fellowship will be up to £120,000 for 3 years. This amount includes student’s stipend, research cost, and other training/research related costs. The final amount awarded will be determined at the time of award notification.

Application procedure:
Step 1
Candidates must provide the following supporting documentation as part of their application
1. A cover page including Personal informations:
a. Full names as they appear on applicant’s ID/passport;
b. Full contact details, including residential and postal address; email and telephone number(s); and
c. Name of institution at which the applicant wishes to undertake his/her training/degree (Master, PhD studies, Postdoctoral) study.
2. Letter of support from the prospective host PDNA Supervisor
3. A motivation letter (not longer than one A4 page – 500 words)
4. A research proposal outlining the problem statement, methodology, feasibility of the study and the contribution that it will make to the body of knowledge in the particular field of study (PhDs and Post-Doctoral Fellows only) (not longer than five A4 pages).
5. Two letters of recommendation from academic referees.
6. A certified copy of full academic transcript/s and certificates?
7. A copy of ID/passport
8. The most current CV (maximum 2 pages).

Step 2
The application must be submitted electronically to and consists of the full application and the appendices. The appendices template and guidelines can be downloaded from the website

The deadline for applications is:
Sunday 30 September 2016 at 17:00GMT for MSc fellowships and
Tuesday 30 October 2016 at 17:00 GMT for PhDs and Post-Doctoral Fellows.
Applicants will receive an email to confirm receipt shortly after the application is received.

For further information, please contact the DELGEME office:
Prof. Djibril Sangare
Programme Manager DELGEME
University of Science, Techniques and Technology of Bamako (USTTB) P.O. Box: 1805 Point G, Bamako; Mali (West Africa)
Phone: +223 75160745/ +223 99963095

iPlasmodium Diversity Network Africa, PDNA (; (South Africa, Angola, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Cape Vert, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, The Gambia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, RD Congo and Tanzania)
ii Abdoulaye Djimde ( Research and Training Center – University of Science, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako, Mali; Milijaona Randrianarivelojosia ( Pasteur de Madagascar; Antoinette Tshefu-Kitoto ( & Dieudonne Mumba ( University of Kinshasa; Paulina Tindana ( Amenga-Etego ( Navrongo Health Research Center (NHRC); Lemu Golassa ( Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; Tobias Apinjoh ( University of Buea; Yavo William ( University FHB of Abidjan – National Institute of Public Health, Côte d’Ivoire; Alfredo Mayor ( Centro de Investigaçao em Saúde de Manhiça (CISM) and Barcelona Institue for Global Health (ISGlobal); Jaishree Raman ( / National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD); Joana Alves/ Instituto Nacional de SaúdePública, Ministério da Saúde de Cabo Verde ; Maria Do Rosario Bragança Sambo ( / Faculty of Medicine of KatyavalaBwila University; Alfred Amambua-Ngwa ( Research Council Unit The Gambia; Anita Ghansah ( Memorial Institute for Medical Research; Oumou Maiga-Ascofare ( /Benhard-Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) – Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR); Deusdedith Ishengoma ( Institute for Medical Research; Marielle Bouyou-Akotet (é des Sciences de la Santé, Libreville; Maj Matthew Brown (, Ben Andagalu ( & Edwin Kamau ( United states Army Research Directorate-Kenya