Fellowships to support women in veterinary vaccine science

March 03, 2020
A scientist in South Africa harvests an antigen for vaccine production.
IDRC/Bartay

The challenge

Women in science are underrepresented on a global scale. According to data from the International Food Policy Research Institute, women account for only 27% of researchers in low and middle-income countries. Even fewer women are represented at senior levels because many leave science soon after completing their PhDs. Insufficient career mentorship, coupled with family responsibilities, are major impediments to the advancement of early-career women scientists in low and middle-income countries.

New fellowship program launched

A recently conducted survey by the International Veterinary Vaccinology Network (IVVN) found that female vaccinology scientists want more mentorship opportunities. To address this gap, IVVN and the Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund developed a joint fellowship program.

Expected results

The joint fellowship program will help early-career female researchers in low and middle-income countries gain experience, build capacity, and advance their careers in the field of veterinary vaccine science.

Learn more about the IVVN fellowship

Lead institutions

This project is a partnership with the International Veterinary Vaccinology Network, based at the University of Edinburgh.

  • Duration: 24 months
  • Budget: CA$257,000