Pathways to Careers in MPT Research & Development

The IMPT organizes virtual networking sessions among mentors and trainees to foster the development of next generation reproductive health professionals, including MPT researchers.

Most recently, the IMPT coordinated breakout sessions coinciding with the Annual NICHD Contraceptive Research Branch (CRB) Meeting to allow postdoctoral trainees, graduate students, and undergraduate students to explore different career pathways in the contraceptive field by connecting with experts like agency administrators, health-based entrepreneurs, and more.

Opportunities

MATRIX CaSE Program | CAMI Health, housed at the Public Health Institute, is excited to partner with the Aurum Institute and Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) as co-leads of CaSE (Capacity Strengthening and Engagement (CaSE) Fellowship Program). The overall goal of CaSE is to enhance capacity and technical skills of scientists and institutions in sub-Saharan Africa in alignment with technical and strategic areas prioritized by MATRIX. MATRIX (Microbicide Research and Development (R&D) to Advance HIV Prevention Technologies through Responsive Innovation and Excellence) is a recently launched USAID funded 5-year program aimed 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.

Stay tuned for upcoming training and fellowship opportunities from the CaSE Program!


Call for Applications for African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) Fellowship | The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), in partnership with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), announced their call for applications for the 3rd cohort of the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) fellowships in August. APTI Fellows are trained and supported to become scientific leaders who can advocate for increased research and innovation projects in Africa through 4-year postdoctoral fellowships. Applications close on September 30 at 17:00 East African Time (GMT +3). Learn more and apply here.


MDPI Special Issue “Novel Drug Delivery Systems for Women’s Health” | A special issue of MDPI will focus on innovative drug formulation and drug delivery systems that can help address the unmet health needs of women worldwide. MDPI is now accepting submissions for original manuscripts and review articles that discuss drug delivery systems that address a range of women’s health needs such as vaginal health, contraception and pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and genitourinary symptoms of menopause. Guest editors also encourage submissions that address other women’s health issues. Submissions are due 30 September 2022.


The Male Contraceptive Initiative (MCI) supports the career development of students and research trainees directly through our Success program. MCI accepts applications on a rolling basis for any activity or need that advances the career of a trainee interested in the field of male contraception. Eligible activities include travel grants, digital conferences, workshops, and other professional development opportunities. Contact logan@malecontraceptive.org for questions regarding eligibility and apply here!


The Sci-Founder Fellowship program supports early-career scientists in launching their own companies. This program will be investing $400,000 to each founding team to establish their company and includes mentorship from field experts, as well as access to a network of other scientists kickstarting their own groups. Contact hello@sci-founder.com for questions about the program.


The California Prevention Training Center (CAPTC) hosted an “STD Expert Hour” Webinar Training featuring IMPT Co-Founder & Director, Dr. Bethany Young Holt, in June, 2021. In this training, titled “New Frontiers in STI/HIV Prevention & Family Planning: The Promise of Multipurpose Prevention Technologies”, Dr. Young Holt covers the global need for comprehensive prevention, the origins of MPTs, and the current R&D pipeline for MPTs, including the latest developments in the field. Click here to access the recording, as well as additional CAPTC trainings.

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