Side Meetings


NIHR: The Launch of the NIHR Advanced Fellowship Scheme for Future Leaders in Global Health Research


  • 14:00 - 17:30 HRS. (BKK)

  • Venue : Lotus Suite 14

  • Contact Person : Jomkwan Yothasamut,

  • Kara Hanson, Professor of Health Economics, LSHTM and Director of NIHR Global Health Research

Since 2016, the Global Health Research Programme of the UK National Institute of Health Research has commissioned and invested in research and training that responds to the diverse needs of people and communities in low- and middle-income countries.  The programme prioritises research to: 

  • Address the shifting global burden of disease
  • Develop health systems to identify and respond to population needs
  • Build resilience to tackle future global health threats. 

All of NIHR’s research is driven by the principles of impact, excellence, inclusion, collaboration and effectiveness.  Funded research is expected to demonstrate how it is conducted through equitable partnerships, engages and involves communities, and how it contributes to sustainable capacity strengthening. 


In January 2024 we will be launching the Advanced Fellowship Scheme.  These fellowships are postdoctoral awards that provide funding and support to individuals with the potential to become future leaders in research within the NIHR’s remit in low- and middle-income countries and the UK.  The Global Advanced Fellowship scheme will support any field of applied global health research.  It is hoped that this training scheme will place successful applicants on a trajectory towards more senior training awards. 

PMAC provides an excellent occasion at which to launch these new wards because of its global health focus and the wide participation it attracts from both Asia and the wider global South, with a particular concentration of early to mid-career researchers and professionals. 

The primary objective of the session is to share information about the new scheme, alongside the suite of other NIHR global health funding opportunities, with a wide audience to encourage eligible applicants.  

A secondary objective is to reflect on different modalities of research capacity strengthening.  We will also use the opportunity to invite input on how best to publicise the scheme, how to encourage applications, and how to support LMIC applicants to develop the strongest possible proposals. 

With its focus on global health research, the session fits best into theme 3 (re-imagining global health), as much of the research that is funded through the Global Health Research Programme focuses on identifying and reducing non-merit inequalities in health, and on conducting research in ways that foster inclusivity, equality and fairness in global health research.