Deadline: July 31, 2020

Applications for the Johnson & Johnson-AESA Research & Development Fellowship Programme 2020 are now open. The Johnson & Johnson-AESA R&D fellowship programme is committed to building drug development capacity and networks in Africa to enable countries to address diseases with high medical needs, locally.

Within this fellowship programme, Johnson & Johnson, through its dedicated Global Public Health organization, together with the selected Fellows, consider the specific needs of the countries of origin and build upon the valuable knowledge which the fellows bring to the programme to optimize the course curriculum.

The majority of the 2-year training will be ‘on the job’ when fellows are being assigned to a late-stage development programme at Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, primarily in areas of infectious diseases, neglected tropical diseases, and vaccines. In addition, the training shall comprise of:

  1. Training modules on all aspects of drug development with focus on clinical development;
  2. Training modules in leadership, communication, project management, etc. to strengthen leadership skills;
  3. Selective modules of the master programmes of Public Health or Tropical Medicine at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp;
  4. Other opportunities as identified during the programme (conferences, other trainings).



  • A citizen of any of the sub-Saharan African countries listed here: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Swaziland, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe;
  • Employed in public, not-for-profit, or academic institutions, or industry;
  • Holding of a scientific University degree (PhD, MD, physicians, pharmacists, epidemiologists, relevant master’s qualifications) with high interest to expand knowledge and experience in drug development and clinical development;
  • Holding a degree and / or demonstrated experience in Public Health and/or local healthcare;
  • Aged between 30 and 45 years at the time of application.


  • Is a legal entity;
  • Is based in a sub-Saharan African country listed here: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Swaziland, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Section 1: Applicants Details

  • ORCID iD: Among the fields mandated for this section, the ORCID iD is required regardless of your status as a researcher. Therefore, active researchers and non-researchers alike should provide this identity in their application. An ORCID iD can obtained here at no charge.
  • Institution currently employed: List the institution where you are primarily affiliated and where you draw your salary. This institution should provide a letter to support your candidature in this programme.

Section 2: Accompanying Details

  • Your Letter of Motivation: Upload your letter of motivation detailing why you would like to be considered for this programme in .pdf format. This letter is not a summary of a research proposal, rather a summary of the strengths you would bring into the programme if you are considered, your motivation to participate in the programme, the alignment of this programme to your career goals, and a commitment to return to sub-Saharan Africa after your fellowship. The maximum allowed length is 2-pages. This letter should bear your signature.
  • Resume: Upload a brief and concise resume in .pdf format. The maximum allowed length is 2 pages.
  • Professional Letter of Recommendation: Upload one letter of recommendation from your work supervisor or academic supervisor detailing your suitability to this programme. Do not send the letter for recommendation under a “confidential” cover by email as this will not be accepted.  Rather, upload the letter in the relevant section in the application form.
  • Institutional Letter of Support: Upload a letter of support from your institution in .pdf format. This the letter should be signed by your head of department of head of institution and be on official institutional stationery. The maximum allowed length is 2-pages.

All letters in the second section should be addressed to:

The Programme Manager, CTC
The African Academy of Sciences
P.O. Box 24916, 00502,
Nairobi, Kenya

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Johnson & Johnson-AESA R&D Fellowship.

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