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Training at EVI

EVI is dedicated at strengthening public health and vaccine research capacities in the fight against diseases of poverty and emerging infectious diseases. EVI recognises that training of scientists from low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) is a key component in building a long-term sustainable and vibrant local research environment.


In 2015, EVI joined the EDCTP/TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellowship (CRDF) Scheme as a hosting institution. The purpose of this fellowship scheme is to provide training to junior to mid-career researchers from LMICs to acquire specialist skills in clinical research and development through placements in pharmaceutical companies and PDPs. 

The goal of the placement at EVI is to facilitate critical decision-making in vaccinology by providing fellows with an overview of the field, from antigen discovery to vaccine development and clinical research according to international guidelines particularly for early stage vaccine development. The training methodology has two complementary approaches: a series of lectures combined with hands-on training. Topics covered include, among others, project management, preclinical and clinical development of vaccines, GMP manufacturing and regulatory aspects.


Coming from a background that was mostly clinical, the learning curve in

terms of professional development has been very steep. I have been exposed

to different aspects of vaccine development and project management within reputable international consortia working on grand scientific innovations. This experience has opened my mind up to new possibilities and I look forward to passing on new knowledge and skills to my Ugandan colleagues.

Amanda Wanyana

Dr. Amanda Wanyana

Medical Officer & Researcher at Uganda Virus Research Institute- International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Uganda

Fellowship period 2021-2022

The training experience gained at EVI can be described as awesome, unparalleled, and especially well-tailored at this stage of my career. (…) The skills and competencies gained in project management and the practical aspects of managing vaccine development through the fellowship at EVI will be very useful in my career development, and impactful in my home organisation in Ghana.

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Mr. Japhet Anim

Project Manager at Kintampo Health Research Centre, Ghana

Fellowship period 2021-2022

The fellowship at EVI has been a great experience. I learnt about various concepts on vaccinology, such as product development, preclinical and clinical development, and vaccine-related project management. I had hands-on experience in managing several vaccine research projects, (...) and innovation

for vaccine development projects. The staff at EVI was great in making me feel welcomed and part of the team.

Moses Phiri

Masauso Moses Phiri, PhD 

Lecturer and researcher at University of Zambia, Zambia 

Fellowship period 2021-2022

Dr. María del Mar Castro

Researcher at Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas, Colombia

Fellowship period 2017

Training at EVI was an amazing experience. The training programme was centered on my institution’s research needs and those of vulnerable Colombians. The experience and role of EVI in vaccine development was a great platform to gain skills that benefitted research at my institution

in Colombia.


Since the beginning of EVI’s involvement in the CRDF programme, several researchers from sub-Saharan Africa and South America with different educational backgrounds and working experiences were hosted by EVI:

Fellowship Programme
Aloyce Costantine
National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania
Fellow at EVI | 2022-2023
Japhet Anim
Kintampo Health Research Centre
Fellow at EVI | 2021-2022
Moses Phiri
The University of Zambia, School of Medicine, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Fellow at EVI | 2021-2022
Amanda Wanyana
Uganda Virus Research Institute/International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)
Fellow at EVI | 2021-2022
Robert Shey
University of Buea, Cameroon
Fellow at EVI | 2020-2021
James Onyemata
Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria
Fellow at EVI | 2019-2020
Moussa Niangaly
University of Sciences Techniques and Technologies of Bamako, Mali
Fellow at EVI | 2018-2019
Fassiatou Tairou
University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, Senegal
Fellow at EVI | 2018-2019
María del Mar Castro
Universidad del Valle, Colombia
Fellow at EVI | 2017-2018
Fabrice Somé
Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé, Direction Régionale de l’Ouest, Burkina Faso
Fellow at EVI | 2016-2017
Siaka Débé
Centre National de Recherche et de Formation sur le Paludisme (CNRFP), Burkina Faso
Fellow at EVI | 2016-2017
Eric Nébié
University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Fellow at EVI | 2015-2016

EVI supervises PhD students from low- and middle-income countries under our capacity building activities in vaccine development projects.



We are always interested in hearing from talented and committed professionals, who are interested in working with us to make a difference in global health, either through internships, secondments, sabbaticals or our regular vacancies.

Contact us at or check our career opportunities.

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