The goals of the ADDRF program are to facilitate more rigorous engagement of doctoral students in health systems research, to provide them with an opportunity for timely completion of their doctoral training, and to launch fellows as independent scholars and support them to generate and contribute to health systems and policy evidence.
ADDRF fellowships target doctoral students with strong commitment to a career in training and/or research and whose dissertation topics show great promise of contributing significantly to efforts to strengthen health systems in the region. Fellowships are awarded to doctoral students who are within two years of completing their thesis at an African university. In 2014-2016, the ADDRF Program will also provide short-term post-doctoral fellowships and re-entry grants on a competitive basis to ADDRF program graduates. These new initiatives are intended to enable ADDRF fellows secure their future as research-active scholars.