Academic training programme

AHRI is committed to creating education opportunities that will enhance medical and scientific research in South Africa and the rest of the African continent.

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The Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) offers an academic training programme that facilitates skills development and career progression for trainees (masters, PhD, and postdoctoral and clinical fellows), research associates and faculty. AHRI trainees, research associates and faculty are equipped with scientific and other skills relevant to tackling global health and socioeconomic challenges.

AHRI faculty members, supported by the academic training team, are primarily responsible for the mentorship and training of their students and postdocs. On arrival at AHRI a personal training plan which considers career goals is developed with the trainee. In addition, AHRI’s leadership development training offers modules including biostatistics, scientific citizenship, academic writing, and training in core skills such as setting up collaborations, project and time management, and strategic career planning. Trainees are also required to complete an NIH recognised ethical research and good clinical practice registration. Travel awards are available to support additional training needs.

Faculty are recruited by the director and the executive committee to lead research in specific disciplines aligned to the institutional strategy. Faculty are expected to attract external grant funding to support their research and scholarly activities.

Research associates
Research associates are established researchers working under the mentorship or supervision of faculty. Research associates are expected to attract grant funding to complement faculty support or to begin transition to independent programmes.

Postgraduate research
Read more about AHRI’s postgraduate research programme, encompassing postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, and masters students, here.

The sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE) is a flagship programme of the Africa Health Research Institute that focuses on African and global collaborations to enhance research and capacity building in HIV, TB and associated comorbidities.  Currently, SANTHE has several African partner sites, with AHRI as the lead institute. The overall goals of SANTHE are to:

  • Enhance research on HIV, TB and associated morbidities
  • Shift training focus to leadership development
  • Strengthen partner institutions for intellectual and financial independence
  • Transform approaches to community and public engagement for impact

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