Fellowship Programs

Sharing Expertise and Developing Connections

Through its Fellowship Program, BVGH coordinates and manages the short-term placement of biopharmaceutical company scientists at African research institutes. During these placements, company scientists work alongside the institutes’ researchers and share their individual skills and expertise through daily interactions and seminars focused on the methods, activities, and knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry.

In partnership with Merck (Merck is known as ‘MSD’ outside of the US and Canada) and the Merck Fellowship for Global Health, BVGH has placed Merck scientists at biomedical research centers in Africa for the past two years. In 2014, BVGH placed two Merck scientists at the University of Buea (Cameroon), the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (Ghana), and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kenya). During their visits, the two scientists shared their experience in chemistry and antibiotics discovery and development. This year two Merck scientists were placed at the Institut Pasteur de Tunis (Tunisia), as well as at the University of Buea, where they taught University scientists how to install, maintain, and use a cutting-edge laboratory device for drug discovery.


Richard T. Clark (RTC) Fellow, part of Merck Fellowship for Global Health,
providing hands-on training for students at the University of Buea, Cameroon


To learn more please click on the links below:

  • Click here to read a case study published by MSD highlighting the impact of the fellowships on advancing healthcare in Africa. 
  • Click here to read a personal account of the scientists’ time at the University of Buea by Ellen C. Minnihan, PhD.

For more information, please email Katy Graef at kgraef@bvgh.org.