The Centre will provide a catalyst for new ways of working and systemic change to navigate this new age of pandemics including through innovative training, research and fellowships embedded in Africa. 

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Peter Piot Fellowship

LSHTM has established the Peter Piot Fellowships for Global Health Innovation. They will provide early career opportunities to outstanding candidates from sub-Saharan Africa to focus on either Planetary Health or Epidemic Preparedness and Response.


The Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) are pleased to announce unique, interdisciplinary two-year fellowships in epidemic preparedness and response. The Fellowships are supported by The Peter Piot Fellowship Programme through funding for the Centre for Epidemic Preparedness & Response (CEPR) at LSHTM. The Fellowship funding will be awarded for research that can improve understanding and capacity to prepare for and respond to infectious disease epidemics, particularly in lower- and middle-income countries (LMIC). This programme will seek to foster the professional development of a new generation of specialists in this field.

The successful applicant must be a national from sub-Saharan Africa and will be based primarily at either the MRC Unit in the Gambia or the MRC Unit in Uganda and will be expected to move to either location, if not already based there.

Potential areas of focus for Fellows include:

• Examining the most effective ways in which to model disease outbreaks utilising data science.

• Improving global understanding of how social behaviour, control measures and immunity shape epidemic dynamics.

• The importance of behavioural science for hygiene interventions.

• Investigating innovative uses of sequencing, phylogenetics and bioinformatics to track virus spread.

• Improving risk communication in outbreak situations.

• Examining the policy response to COVID-19 and its political drivers.

We will announce the recipients of the fellowships soon.