PostDoctoral Training


Postdoctoral researchers are the main drivers of research in all major research institutions globally. As such KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme throught the Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL) and other grants awarded to researchers in the Programme is keen to provide support for postdoctoral training for African researchers particularly those in the early stages of their careers. We have therefore defined a career path beginning from early postdocs through mid and senior research fellows to principal research fellows. Early postdoc are generally employed within a year or two of finishing their PhD training on funding from a more senior researchers. Towards the end of their training some of the postdocs may consider applying for independent funding. Such postdoc will supported and mentored to help them developing competitive grant proposal that will enable them progress up the ladder toward becoming a senior or principle research fellows. Mid,Senior and Principal research fellows are general researchers who hold progressively larger grants and run progressively larger research programmes and groups. Progression to this position is therefore largely determined by a researcher's scientific output and ability to win research grants.

We are now accepting applications for the second cohort of Early Postdoctoral Researchers funded under IDeAL.

These positions are for three years and are aimed are providing the holders with support to conduct a substantive piece of research work leading to publications while also enhacing their profile for the purpose of grants application.


If positions are available they will appear below. You may click on each to get further information.

Note: You can apply for two positions in one application by applying for the position you're mostly interested in (1st preference) and then specifying a 2nd preference when filling the application form. This is only applicable when there is more than one position open.

1. Click on the title of a position you're interested in to see the full desciption of the post.

2. A link "Submit Application" will be available at the bottom of the page.

3. Click on the submit application link and fill in the resulting form.

Even when there are no specific positions advertised we continue to welcome enquiries from interested researchers. Please browse through the our researchers' profiles to get an idea of the the research going on in the Programme and what area might fits your interests. Send your enquiries and CV to:

IDeAL director –

No open Post-doctoral Training currently. Check back later.