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Sunday, June 16, 2019



The African Advanced Vaccinology course (Afro-ADVAC) is a 10-day long short-course in advanced vaccinology hosted in South Africa by the African Local Initiative for Vaccinology Expertise (ALIVE), University of the Witwatersrand, under the guidance of Professors Shabir Madhi and Helen Rees.

The Afro-ADVAC course is targeted at mid- to senior level scientists, medical professionals and public health specialists, who are involved in vaccine development, clinical trials, implementation - or management of vaccination strategies, and who have decision-making or advisory responsibilities in their region or country. Applicants are requested to indicate clearly on application form if you are a member of or advisor to your National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) or National Regulatory Authority (NRA).

The Afro-ADVAC course attendees will have the opportunity to share experiences from their work across the region and learn from others. After completing the course, they will join an ALIVE-supported network of alumni aiming to foster scientific exchange and support the development of collaborative projects.

Previous Afro-ADVAC courses:

The first Afro-ADVAC course was held from 19th- 28th September 2016, at Glenburn Lodge, Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa.  More than 30 African and international faculty members presented lectures and delegates participated in group work and debates.

Fifty-five delegates from the following countries attended Afro-ADVAC-2016:

AFRICA: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe

SOUTH-EAST ASIA: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan.

Afro-ADVAC 2018 details

Date: 3rd to 12th September 2018                                                        

Venue: Glenburn lodge, Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa

Cost: Full scholarships will be available for up to 50 delegates (see Travel scholarship requirement below)

Cost of course attendance for delegates from pharmaceutical and other related industries (excluding airfares and airport transfers):   R40 000

Travel Scholarship

Afro-ADVAC- 2018

Glenburn Lodge, Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa

3-12th September 2018

Travel scholarship application

ALIVE, with assistance from BMGF, IMPRINT  and other sponsors, will fund Afro-ADVAC-2018 attendance costs for up to 50 delegates who are resident and/ or citizens of Countries with Developing Economies (CDE).

Pre-requisites for Afro-ADVAC travel scholarship applicants:

  • Resident and/ or citizen of CDE
  • Medical and allied medical practitioners or scientists (minimum MSc) working in the field of vaccinology (e.g. paediatricians, physicians, obstetricians, microbiologists, virologists, research physicians, public health practitioners, epidemiologists, immunologists, immunization managers)
  • Applicants should have been working in vaccine/ immunisation field for a minimum of 5 years with evidence of research or policy outputs. 
  • Actively involved in decision making related to immunisations in their country/ region
  • Complete scholarship application form by 30th June 2018.

AFRO-ADVAC travel scholarship will cover:

  • Economy-class return airfares to and from Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Registration for AFRO-ADVAC-2018, including welcome pack, 24-hour conference package for duration of course.
  • Airport transfers in Johannesburg
  • Meal allowance for all meals during AFRO-ADVAC-2018
  • Single Accommodation at conference venue
  • Travel insurance

AFRO-ADVAC travel scholarship will not cover:

  • Airport transfers/ parking in country of residence
  • Visa costs for South Africa
  • Costs incurred to apply for and collect visa
  • Allowance for other sight-seeing travel in South Africa

How to apply for AFRO-ADVAC travel scholarship

  • In addition to ‘Pre-requisites’ detailed above, AFRO-ADVAC-2018 travel scholarship applicants need to e-mail the following documents to by 30th June 2018.

    • Scanned copy of passport (if travelling from outside South Africa) or other form of photo identification used for travel, including date of birth and nationality
    • Letter of support from academic institution/ university/ institution, addressed to ‘Afro-ADVAC-2018 travel scholarship selection committee’. 
  • Any applicants who have not completed all required fields of scholarship application forms and e-mailed supporting documents by 30th June 2018 will not be considered for a travel scholarship.


Afro-ADVAC scholarship applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of scholarship application within two weeks of submission.

Applicants will be informed about the decision of the scholarship review committee by 16th July 2018. No negotiation of selection committee’s decision will be undertaken. 


Applications for Afro-ADVAC 2018 are closed