EN-RTP Programme


Important Dates

  • Application Deadline:
    30th July 2022
  • Award Notifications:
    September 2022
  • Start Date:
    November 2022

Programme Objective

The overarching goal of the Emory-Nigeria HIV Research Training Program (EN-RTP) is to enhance the capacity of researchers focused on HIV/women’s health research in Nigeria, with the aim of promoting health and wellbeing for women living with HIV. It leverages the existing partnership between Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and three institutions in Lagos, Nigeria.

 Eligible Institutions

  • Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) and affiliates
  • University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  • AIDS Prevention Initiative Nigeria (APIN)


The EN-RTP offers long-, medium-, and short-term training of emerging investigators, facilitating their acquisition of the skills needed to pursue an independent research career.  Below is a list of each training track and the requirements to apply:

Long Term (2 years)

  • Applicant must either be: a registered postgraduate student at APIN, the University of Lagos or a NIMR affiliated university; a junior faculty at APIN or the University of Lagos; or a junior researcher at NIMR who is interested in developing a career in HIV and women’s health.
  • If accepted into the programme, each trainee will be enrolled at Emory University as students in special standing so they can take semester-long distance learning courses. Course offerings include – but are not limited to – the following subject areas: grant writing, data management, etc.  Note that actual course offerings are based on availability.
  • If accepted into programme, each trainee is expected to submit a grant such as the NIH K43 or equivalent grant application at the completion of the programme.

Medium Term (6 months)

  • Applicant must either be a resident or junior scientist from the University of Lagos, APIN, or NIMR.
  • This level of training will be directed at advanced early career investigators (employees or students from the partner institutions) who wish to enhance specific research skill sets. This training track will offer participation in in-country short coursework and one distance learning course at Emory University, if available.

Short Term (<3 months)

  • Applicant must be an academic member at NIMR, The University of Lagos, or APIN who seeks to update or acquire new skills in advanced laboratory or other research techniques.
  • This track is intended for senior researchers who wish to acquire a new skill needed to complete a particular project and/or enhance your research capability in general. Applicants must look for programs in Africa where they can acquire these skills and describe them in their proposals. Such training will include opportunities for the trainee to learn new and emerging technologies in HIV/women’s health research, social-behavioral science relevant to women living with HIV (WLWH) in low to middle-income countries (LMICs), specialized research procedures, advanced computational sciences and bioinformatics approaches, etc.

Budget Information

Trainees accepted into the program are given budgets based on the track they applied for.  Below is a description of the types of funds available.

Training expenses (Medium and short tracks only)

  • $250/month up to 6 months (medium term) and 3 months (short term) support to acquire a specified training or research skill at a designated in-country facility of your choice.

Stipends (Long-term track only)

  • Up to $2,100/year support to enable trainees to commit at least 50% of their professional time on research training.

Tuition and Fees (Long-term track only)

  • Up to $700/year towards your MPH or PhD degree. Note the programme will only pay for tuition accrued during the time you are enrolled.

Technical expenses (Long-term track only)

  • Up to $1,200/year for career development/research-related expenses. Research-related expenses include supplies, participant incentives, coordinator effort, etc.  Coverage of internet or communications directly related to your research can be provided as part of this budget on an as-needed basis.

Publications and Travel (All tracks)

  • Financial support provided on as-needed basis. Expenses must be approved in advance by programme leadership.

Selection Criteria

Application reviewers focus on:

  1. Demonstrated strengths and future potential of the candidate for a research career focused on HIV and women’s health;
  2. Quality of previous training and accomplishments;
  3. Strength and feasibility of the research training plan/project;
  4. Potential impact of the research area and question (including innovation);
  5. Adequacy of support from the candidate’s’ institution, research group and home division/department;
  6. Quality, feasibility, and potential for success of the research project in case of long-term trainees; and
  7. Likelihood for the research and the training plan to lead to a competitive grant application.

If you meet all eligibility requirements and are interested in applying, please click here for application instructions


Please send any questions or concerns via email to

Ryan Downs


Aisha Gambari


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, but only if they can provide an expertise/skill that supports your HIV and Women’s Health research aims.  Example: for Short-Term applicants Should also look for a Co-Mentor with relevant HIV and Women’s Health experience.

Yes, but it is advisable to address reviewer comments in resubmission.

Leaders, senior colleagues, or peers who can support your project, and are engaged.

Freedom of Information Act

The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research in its proactive nature trained the Senior Management Committee on the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT OF 2011 on Tuesday 2nd November 2021.

The training complies with section 13 of the Act which mandates public institutions to ensure the provision of appropriate training for its officials on the public’s right to access to information or records held by a government or public institutions.

Genetic Scan for Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Risks in Nigeria

Genetic Scan for Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Risks in Nigeria

Dr Kolapo Oyebola

Principal Investigator

Dr Kolapo Oyebola wins prestigious Emerging Global Leader Award (K43) from the USA National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Fogarty International Center (FIC).

The five-year K43 award will further Dr Oyebola’s independent career development and research plans.

The award will allow him investigate the prevalence and temporal dynamics of mutations associated with certain cancer types and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) in Nigeria.

He will spend time in Nigeria and the USA working with Dr Swee Lay Thein (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH), Dr Charles Rotimi (National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH) and Prof. Babatunde Salako (Nigerian Institute of Medical Research).

“This important research topic has been grossly understudied among individuals of African descent. I am excited to receive this highly competitive career development and research grant as it puts me in a strong position to build local capacity for human genetics research in Nigeria” says Dr Oyebola.


He will spend time in Nigeria and the USA working with

Dr. Swee Lay Thein

Senior Investigator

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH

Charles Rotimi, Ph.D.

NIH Distinguished Investigator

National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Prof. Babatunde Lawal Salako

Director General /CEO

Nigerian Institute of Medical Research

Funders: US National Institutes of Health (FIC and NHLBI)


Start date: 22nd September 2021
End date: 31st May 2026