INF Long-term fellowships were part of the INF/EMF Fellowship program grant. The aim of the INF/EMF program was to improve the capacity of selected developing country institutions to conduct research on pressing health problems. Long-term fellows were awarded doctoral or post-doctoral fellowships to study at partnering research institutions in Europe and North America. After their training, fellows returned to their home country to continue their research, set up research labs and take nutrition policy leadership positions.
The program was based on experiences gathered from highly successful international fellowship programs at the Rockefeller Foundation, the United Nations University, and the Kellogg Foundation that were specifically designed to build the competence of developing country institutions. The program is being carried out in collaboration with United Nations University and the International Union of Nutrition Sciences (IUNS).
The INF/EMF program awarded carefully targeted fellowships to individuals associated with key, selected institutions. These institutions, which are national or regional in scope, were personally site-visited by one or both of the co-chairs (Dr. Scrimshaw and Dr. Uauy) and/or designated site visitors and identified as current or potential centers of excellence in sophisticated areas of nutrition and/or infection related health research. Since the program’s inception in 2002, more than 25 institutions in 20 countries have been assessed for incorporation into the program and 16 institutions have so far met the criteria based on the examination of publication records, annual reports, or site visits. With the grant ending in 2011, the INF awarded a total of 71 long-term and 129 short-term INF/EMF Fellowships.
To learn more about INF/EMF Long-term fellows and its impact, check out the Featured Fellows section.