Last Updated

15 Sep 2021

ITM Antwerp Call for Applications: Molecular Data for Infectious Diseases & DGD scholarships

The Department of Biomedical Sciences of the Institute of Tropical Medicine of Antwerp, Belgium (ITM) has the honour to inform you that: registration for the “Molecular Data for Infectious Diseases” short course (MID) is open.

MID is a course for molecular biologists on the implementation of molecular techniques, and more specifically the use of molecular data in tropical low-resource settings. In MID, molecular techniques and data are discussed in the context of clinical and epidemiological field studies on infectious diseases.

The focus of the course is to select and validate an appropriate molecular method in the study context, and to implement that method in the given setting for optimal qualitative data acquisition and analysis. MID is NOT a course on bioinformatics or next generation sequencing.

Learning objectives

At the end of the course the student should be able to:

  • plan accurate molecular data collection and analysis in a resource-limited context.
  • infer research conclusions given the limitations of the proposed methods and sample.
  • select the appropriate molecular methods for detection or characterization of an etiological agent or vector, in order to answer specific questions in a clinical or epidemiological research context, and given the restrictions in terms of infrastructure, logistics, personnel, ethics, and budget.
  • present the selected methodology and implementation plan orally and in writing, with clear argumentation of relevance and feasibility.
  • work actively in a team to design and present the implementation strategy.
  • explain clinical and epidemiological study designs and concepts.

With the financial support of the Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGD), the Institute of Tropical Medicine is able to offer scholarships to applicants from developing countries, the DGD Scholarships.

The admission requirements of the DGD scholarships:

  • Admission to the course
  • You’re less than 46 years old at the end of the course or at graduation
  • At least two years of professional experience. Please note that internships and prior thesis work are not considered as professional experience.
  • Citizens from any LMIC can apply. Applicants need to be both citizen of and actually living in a LMIC as defined in the OECD-DAC list of LMICs. A majority of scholarships, but not all, will be awarded to citizens from the countries defined as priority countries for DGD. The DGD priority country list includes: Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Palestine, Philippines, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.

Important dates:

  • Registration Deadline short course & scholarship - October 1, 2021
  • Starting date of the online preparation program - November 15, 2021
  • Starting date online short course - March 7, 2022
  • Starting date face2face short course - April 4, 2022

Read more here.