ISID/ESCMID joint fellowships

ESCMID and ISID (International Society for Infectious Diseases) jointly sponsor two fellowships per year to perform multidisciplinary clinical and laboratory training abroad. This particular fellowship is intended for applicants residening in low and lower-middle income countries, as classified by the World Bank, from outside of Europe, who are less than forty years of age (including career breaks), wishing to come to Europe for their fellowship. Young colleagues are invited to learn from experienced specialists and to take home new ideas and processes that help them improve their clinical or laboratory practice. In the formative stages of their careers, successful applicants are given the opportunity to extend their research experience; learn from experienced infectious disease specialists; and return home with knowledge and processes that will help them improve clinical practice in regions where it most needs strengthening.


Two fellowships of up to US$7,500 and up to three months in duration are awarded annually.


The fellowship is organised through ISID and bound to their guidelines. Please refer to the ISID website for the full application procedure, requirements and deadlines.


The application process for the 2023 ISID/ESCMID Fellowships is now closed.


Awardees 2022

Kalyani Borde (India)


Project: Impact of rapid antibiotic susceptibility testing (RAST) on clinical outcomes of patients with sepsis in low-resource settings


Kalyani Borde is a microbiologist with training in infectious diseases, who has worked on antimicrobial resistance and infection control in Indian hospitals. She has a keen interest in the technique and interpretation of antibiotic susceptibility tests and developing methods to apply it for antimicrobial stewardship.


Josiane Kenfack Zanguim (Cameroon)


Project:The impact of HIV infection on the vaginal flora and health of Cameroonian pregnant women


Josiane Kenfack is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Yaoundé I-Cameroon. She is passionate about research with women and children. She has completed several online courses including the Next Generation Sequencing Bioinformatics Training course from H3BioNet. In general, her research work aims to characterize the vaginal microbiome of Cameroonian women, determining how Bacterial Vaginosis-associated microorganisms affect immune responses in pregnant women infected with HIV, and determining the triple interaction between pregnancy, the vaginal microbiome, and HIV infection.


Her skills of expertise include microbiome, bioinformatics, immunology, and molecular biology.