What is a Fellow?
MATRIX (Microbicide Research and Development (R&D) to Advance HIV Prevention Technologies through Responsive Innovation and Excellence) is a USAID funded 5-year program which aims “to develop a range of HIV prevention products that are acceptable, affordable, scalable and deliverable by providing a platform for efficient, benchmark-driven portfolio management.”
The CaSE (Capacity Strengthening and Engagement) Fellowship Program is a part of a coalition of partners within MATRIX and is working to cultivate a self-sustaining network of African research leaders in HIV prevention research by supporting capacity strengthening in mid-level and early career scientists.
The overall goal of the CaSE program is to enhance capacity and technical skills of local scientists and institutions in the Global South in alignment with technical and strategic areas prioritized by MATRIX. Leveraging strategic learning, training and mentorship opportunities within and external to the MATRIX Collaborative, CaSE will use a competitive application and selection process to identify and support candidates with access to a three-pronged program comprised of three tracks:
Track 1: MATRIX e-Learning Scholars Program
Track 2: MATRIX Hub Scholars Program
Track 3: MATRIX Fellows Program
Candidates will access opportunities for skill development and training paired, where possible, with experiential hands-on-training, mentorship for co- and lead authorship on scientific papers, contributions to grant proposals, and other opportunities (e.g., information sharing and networking platform) to enhance their leadership skills and expertise.