Developing the Individual Capacity and Careers of Health Researchers

Founded in 1999 to promote high quality clinical research in low and middle income countries, the Career Development Fellowship (CDF) started out as a partnership between TDR and the Belgium-based GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, a global vaccine research, development and production company. The ultimate goal is to reduce research bottlenecks as more new products enter the development pipeline, and develop strong research capability in low- and-middle income countries with infectious diseases.

Career Development Fellows (CDF)

The Career Development Fellows (CDF) program, developed with the help of the IFPMA, is conducted by the WHO’s Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies and is supported by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). CDF fellows from hospitals, academic and research institutions in low- and middle-income countries are selected to spend 12 months working in the clinical department of a host pharmaceutical company or product development partnership (PDPs) to receive training on R&D project management, Good Clinical Practice and regulatory requirements. The CDF program is intended to develop the individual capacity and careers of researchers, which is in turn expected to have impact on their home institutions and countries. To date, 8 IFPMA member companies have participated in the program.


  • 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...

  • Eisai

    Service Providers
    Japan | Staff size: 10,000+

    Eisai Co., Ltd. is a Japan-based company mainly engaged in the manufacturing and sale of pharmaceutical products. The Company operates in two business segments. The Pharmaceutical segment is...

  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

    Goods Supplier
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 10,000+

    We are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. Our products are used by millions of people around the world,...

  • International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA)

    Staff size: 6-25

    IFPMA represents the research-based pharmaceutical companies and associations across the globe. The research-based pharmaceutical industry’s 2 million employees discover, develop, and...

  • Johnson & Johnson

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Caring for the world, one person at a time... inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. They embrace research and science - bringing innovative ideas, products and services to...

  • Merck

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Merck is an innovative, global healthcare leader that is committed to improving health and well-being around the world. At Merck, they're applying their global reach, financial strength and...

  • Sanofi Espoir Foundation

    Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    The Sanofi Espoir Corporate Foundation was created in October 2010 by Sanofi to leverage more than 15 years of commitment to international solidarity.

    It is dedicated to...

  • 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...
  • European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)

    Implementing NGO
    South Africa | Staff size: 26-50

    The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) was created in 2003 as a European response to the global health crisis caused by the three main poverty-related diseases...

  • 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,...

  • Novartis AG

    Goods Supplier
    Switzerland | Staff size: 10,000+

    Novartis AG, was incorporated on 1996, provides healthcare solutions. The Company is a multinational group of companies specializing in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of...

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Key Information

LocationEast Asia and Pacific, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Tanzania, Swaziland, Senegal, Nigeria, Mali, Madagascar, Kenya, Guinea, Ghana, Gambia, Gabon, Ethiopia, Congo, The Democratic Republic of, Colombia, China, Cameroon, Burundi, Botswana, Benin, Southern Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, Eastern Africa, Central Africa
  • Start Date 1999