Mark Wainberg Fellowship Programme: Experts in HIV service delivery

Many African countries face an unmet need in the training of medical practitioners who want to become specialized in HIV. HIV medicine sub-specialization is not attractive for many young healthcare professionals, which is in sharp contrast to the need for such specialized personnel and leadership in the hardest-hit countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Mark Wainberg Fellowship Programme, an initiative of the IAS Educational Fund,  is aimed at contributing to improving the quality of HIV service delivery in resource-limited settings by providing two-year fellowships to five clinicians from sub-Saharan Africa, who will spend one year in Europe and one year in Africa at clinical institutions. The programme will offer in-depth training for clinicians committed to careers in HIV clinical service delivery in sub-Saharan Africa with the aim of strengthening access to high-quality services for sub-Saharan Africa populations, with a client-centred service delivery approach.

  • Meet the fellows
  • Programme overview
  • Eligibility criteria

Victor Singano


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Shamim Mohamed Ali


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Leonid Tome Da Costa Joaquim


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Adama Doumbia

Cote d'Ivoire

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The fellowship will provide expert training in HIV service delivery for people living with HIV and AIDS, from diagnosis to treatment and including co-morbidities. It will place particular emphasis on appropriate care for different patient groups, including key populations.

It is anticipated that the fellowship will help build capacity, foster clinical research and develop long-term sustainable partnerships. The Mark Wainberg Fellowship Programme will recruit the “high-flying” healthcare professionals to spend time in HIV-specialized centres and be given the opportunity to develop their clinical and research skills and take a postgraduate diploma in HIV.

For more information, please refer to the Curriculum.

Key dates

18 January 2018: Call for applications

19 February 2018: Fellowship application deadline

March 2018: Fellowship notifications

July 2018: Initiation workshop and capacity development for fellows at the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018)

Q3 2018: Fellows move to first host institution

July 2019: Capacity development for fellows at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019)

Q3 2019: Fellows move to second host institution

Q2 2020: Diploma examination in HIV

To be eligible for the Mark Wainberg Fellowship Programme, candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Terminal research degree as a medical doctor (or equivalent)
  • Minimum of two years’ clinical experience
  • Currently working in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Commitment to become a specialist in HIV
  • English, French or Portuguese speaking.

The fellows will be selected with a view to their potential of functioning as a multiplier and disseminate the knowledge learned (for example, towards other physicians, nurses, community healthcare providers) to further broaden the impact of the programme. At the end of their fellowship, the fellows should have skills that enable them to mentor and train other fellows.

Mark Wainberg was a pioneer for HIV research, advocacy and scientific advancement. He was the President of the International AIDS Society (1998-2000) and is widely known for his part in the 1989 discovery that the drug 3TC could be used to treat HIV infection.


The Mark Wainberg Fellowship Programme is made possible through a grant from ViiV Healthcare.


For additional information about this fellowship, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.


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