Call for Letters of Intent for the 2022-2023 Abbott Pandemic Defense Coalition FETP Fellowship

TEPHINET Secretariat

TEPHINET is pleased to announce the opportunity to submit Letters of Intent (LOIs) for the next cycle of the Abbott Pandemic Defense Coalition (APDC) Field Epidemiology Training Program Fellowship (APDC FETP Fellowship).

This opportunity furthers the mission of the FETP enterprise in collaboration with the APDC, a first-of-its-kind global scientific and public health partnership dedicated to the early detection of, and rapid response to, future pandemic threats. By connecting global centers of excellence in surveillance, laboratory testing, genetic sequencing and public health research, this collaborative fellowship initiative offers a continuous learning opportunity to FETP trainees and recent graduates, and serves to bridge and strengthen epidemiology and laboratory disciplines amongst our networks.

The APDC FETP Fellowship small grants are awarded to first-time recipients for a maximum of $25,000 (USD) and are funded through the generous support of Abbott. All projects proposed for the 2022-2023 cycle of the APDC FETP Fellowship must be initiated and completed during the period of January 31st, 2023 to November 30th, 2023.

When to apply?

The deadline to submit LOIs is 11:59 pm Atlanta/ET on October 25th, 2022. All individuals interested in submitting a project proposal for funding under this small grants program must first submit an LOI. Awardees will be expected to work closely with an in-country mentor that they identify and a program-selected long-distance mentor with subject matter expertise to implement their project. Awardees are responsible for leading progress and proactively steering collaborative efforts on their own projects.

Who can apply?

  • Current FETP residents/trainees (Advanced tier only) who do not have another TEPHINET small grant in progress.
  • Recent Advanced graduates within 2 years of their graduation date can apply with the support of their FETP program director.
  • The applicant (i.e. FETP resident/trainee/graduate) must be the Principal Investigator (PI).
  • The applicants are required to identify an in-country mentor who should have subject matter expertise in their project area at their ministry of health (MOH), APDC site, National Public Health Institute (NPHI), academic institution, or public-private partnership for the duration of the grant funded project. Applications that do not identify an in-country mentor will not be considered.
  • The applicants are required to identify which institution and/or laboratory they will collaboratively conduct their proposed project with, and ensure that their host country MOH is amenable to their participation in this program. It is encouraged that an APDC member institution be engaged. For more information or assistance with initiating collaboration with an APDC site, contact the Small Grants Program at

How to apply

For complete application guidelines and instructions, please visit this page