IAVI Horizon e-Fellowship in Adolescent HIV/TB Research




The Desmond Tutu Health Foundation (DTHF) at the University of Cape Town, in partnership with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), invites passionate African researchers to undertake adolescent research in an exciting online, e-fellowship programme.

Apply now for an opportunity to contribute to innovative adolescent HIV/TB research in Africa.

Applications are open to those interested in online mentorship and networking opportunities and those involved in a wide range of research disciplines including doctors, nurses, counsellors, study coordinators/managers, community engagement staff etc.


  • 4 x 3-month e-Fellowship:
    • August 2020 – October 2020
    • January 2021 – March 2021
    • April 2021 – June 2021
    • June 2021 – August 2021
  • 2 x 12-month e-Fellowship:
    • August 2020 – June 2021
    • January 2021 – December 2021

The successful candidates will be required to have an interest in online learning and the opportunity to be mentored by experienced researchers. e-Fellows will be part of tailoring their fellowship programme by developing their own research projects under the guidance of a mentor.

Each e-Fellow will be matched to suitable expert mentors, furthermore they will attend regular research meetings, and participate in journal clubs. Expected outcomes include presenting fellowship work at research meetings, conferences, and/or scientific publication however fellows will have the opportunity to produce other relevant research outputs.


Please read the following information carefully before you begin your application.



The following requirements must be met for your application to be considered:

  • Master’s level graduate.

Extensive research experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

  • Minimum two years’ experience in HIV/TB-related research.
  • African researchers only
  • Interested candidates should complete the application form, upload their CV, a letter of reference from a university or employer, and a letter of motivation of no more than 500 words and their Identification document. All the required application documents need to be submitted as a single PDF file via this website no later than the application deadline Monday, 20 July 2020. Candidate are to indicate first and second choice of fellowship periods from list above.
  • Completion of the application in full and in English.

The application deadline is Monday, 20 July  2020 – 00:00


 For any queries please do not hesitate to contact iavi.fellowship@hiv-research.org.za


  • Only one application form must be submitted per person.
  • Submit application on IAVI Fellowship website (http://www.iavifellowship.org.za/) or email fellowship@hiv-research.org.za for an application form and submit application form, CV, and motivation to
  • Applicants will be selected by committee. Outcome of applications will be provided within 15 business days.


  • Correspondence between the fellowship organizers and applicants will be primarily by email. Please ensure you have a valid personal email address that you regularly check.
  • The information you provide on this form is strictly confidential and will only be used for the purpose of this application and activities related to it.



  1. Reference letter from University or Employer

This letter should meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Written in English, signed (original or digital signature) and dated by a third person (your line supervisor)
  • Bear an official letterhead
  • Explicitly support your application and fellowship participation
  • Mention your full name
  1. Motivation letter

This letter should meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Provide a description of research interests in adolescent health,
  • How previous training or work has prepared them for the fellowship
  • How the fellowship will contribute to future career goals and development
  • Work that you are either currently busy with or specific projects that could benefit from remote mentorship.
  1. A copy of identification document
  2. Curriculum Vitae

The above supporting documents should accompany your application. If you do not submit all the supporting documentation, your application WILL NOT be considered.

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Please submit applications via the IAVI Fellowship website (www.iavifellowship.org.za) or email applications (including application form, motivation, reference letter and CV)