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Research funding

The College of Medicine (CoM) recognizes the need to develop research skills of its early career scientists so that they can become future research leaders that generate policy-relevant research evidence. Besides offering Research Methodology and other research-related courses through the Research Support Centre, the CoM also offers funding to highly ambitious early career scientists to support implementation of small research projects. Through these projects the scientist can develop their research skills and compete favourably for internationally-funded research grants.


Currently, with funding from the National Institutes of Health-Fogarty International Centre in the USA, the Malawi HIV Implementation Science Research Training Program (M-HIRST) will fund PhD fellowships which will enable Malawians achieve research and academic excellence and leadership in the area of HIV implementation science research. The M-HIRST programme will also support academics/research scientists employed by the CoM or its recognized local research implementation partners to develop their implementation science skills so that they can progress towards research independence.


CoM will offer a 2 year fellowship which will provide modest salary support, access to funding for small research grants, participation in short course programs in key research skills and access to research mentors in Implementation science.  Through the M-HIRST programme small grant funding (up to US$10,000) is also available for any academic or research scientists employed or affiliated to the CoM who would like to implement preliminary HIV implementation research project to generate data for future large research projects. Applicants interested in the M-HIRST fellowships should contact the Project Directors; Prof Victor Mwapasa ( or Prof Mina Hosseinipour (