Career Development Fellowship (CDF) in the Area of Clinical R&D

Partnership to develop and promote high quality training in clinical R&D in disease endemic countries.

Astellas Fellowship Program

For the year 2011/2012 and 2013/2014, Astellas has invited two fellows for training on clinical R&D as part of the WHO/TDR’s Career Development Fellowship (CDF).

Astellas created curricula which enable the fellows to learn all phases of a compound’s clinical development which include good clinical practice, development strategy and project management, clinical research design, writing clinical study reports and manuscripts, evaluating and reporting safety data and the planning for operational aspects for proper oversight and conducting clinical trials.

The project allows fellows to learn how to work with the regulatory agencies in both the US (FDA) and EU (EMA). In addition, the project teams with which these fellows are assigned provide them the opportunity to work with global teams and develop a better understanding of how to achieve conflict resolution, timeline management, prioritization of activities and develop presentations to executive management to achieve support for plans. The skills they acquired through these curricula will have a meaningful impact on their home institutions.


  • Astellas Pharma

    Service Providers
    Japan | Staff size: 10,000+

    Astellas Pharma Inc. is a Japanese pharmaceutical company which aims to become an R&D-driven global pharmaceutical company contributing to people's health. The Astellas Group’s...

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)

    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000
    Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive...
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's...

  • World Bank Group

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Their mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting...

  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 5001-10,000

    WHO (World Health Organisation) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters,...

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Key Information

LocationSouthern Africa, Ethiopia, Eastern Africa, Botswana
  • Start Date 2011
  • End Date 2014
  • Sectors