Malaria Modelling Fellowship
Mathematical modelling is an important tool in the field of infectious disease control. It includes formulating mathematical equations to explain how infectious diseases propagate through populations. Researchers can learn more about how diseases spread and how various preventative strategies may affect disease transmission by examining these models.
Malaria Modelling Fellowship (MMF) is an initiative to build the mathematical modelling capacity of public health professionals in Nigeria. The Fellowship will expose participants to a comprehensive curriculum that includes core modelling content, in-depth knowledge of malaria epidemiology including transmission dynamics, and adjunct modules crucial to enhancing their careers and equipping them with in-demand modelling competence. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Fellowship is a collaborative effort between Corona Management Systems (CMS), National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The fellowship is aimed at:
Frequently Asked Questions
The fellowship is a hybrid training that combines online and in-person participation. Applicants will be required to complete courses on a learning management system and attend in-person training in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The MMF is fully funded, and fellows will get logistical assistance to attend in both physical and online sessions, with specific support for female fellows with children less than 18 months.
The fellowship is anticipated to take ten months to complete at an advanced level. The fellowship provides three levels of competency with a total of 625 notional hours: beginner (310 hours), intermediate (180 hours), and advanced (135 hours).
Your advancement through the fellowship is dependent on your ability to meet up with curriculum timelines. We encourage you to adhere to the timelines to be accredited with advanced skills in Mathematical Modelling.
After submitting your application, you will be required to sit for an online aptitude test on the 24th of February 2024. You will be able to access the test platform through an internet enabled computer at your convenient location. The platform will be open for 24 hours, and you will be expected to finish your test within an hour.
This is a Nigeria-focused fellowship, and only Nigerians residing in the country are eligible to apply.
Fellows are expected to be actively employed and or affiliated with a one-health focused government institution and will not require study leave. The fellow’s institution must express officially their willingness to release them for the periods they will be required to attend physical training sessions in FCT Abuja, over the duration of the fellowship. It is anticipated that the fellow will add the fellowship-gained skills and knowledge to his or her present portfolio.
The Fellowship is offering modules in Malaria & Epidemiology, Mathematical Modelling including the use of mathematical tools and programming language, and Project Management & Evidence Translation that will feature soft skills in scientific writing. Please view the curriculum here