ISID and the Swiss Society for Infectious Diseases
jointly sponsor the
SSI/ISID Infectious Diseases Research Fellowship Program.
The purpose of this Fellowship Program is to support infectious disease
physicians and scientists from developing and middle income countries
through multidisciplinary clinical and laboratory training at select
biomedical institutions in Switzerland. The objectives of the Fellowship
- to train promising young physicians and scientists from developing and
middle income countries for clinical and research positions in infectious
- to foster partnerships between Fellows and infectious disease leaders in
- to increase scientific research capacity in low income/high disease burden
Opportunities for training and research in a variety of areas ranging from
basic studies of the mechanism of disease to studies in public health,
epidemiology, diagnostics, therapeutics or vaccine development, are
available through this program.
The term of the Fellowship is for one year. The start date of the will be
determined by arrangement between the host institution and the Fellow.
A financial stipend of up to 36,000 SF per year (approximately $35,500 USD)
will be given to Fellows to cover travel costs and living expenses. The
program intends to award two fellowships every year.
Language skills of French or German are necessary
according to the institution chosen (German for Basel, Bern, Zurich and St.
Gallen; French for Geneva and Lausanne). Please indicate in your application
your speaking and writing proficiency of these languages and of English.
SSI/ISID Fellows will be placed at one of six collaborating research centers
in Switzerland according to technical interests and skills. All infectious diseases
programs at each institution offer experience in clinical infectious diseases,
including HIV, and microbiology. The technical research interests at each site
- Bern: Meningitis. Brain injury in CNS infection. Molecular
pathogenesis of respiratory pathogens. Epidemiology and resistance of pneumococcus.
(Tauber MG, Leib SL, Aebi C, Muhlemann K)
- Geneva: Clinical infectious diseases in adults or children.
Prevention and control of infections; Antibiotic stewardship. Clinical trials
in HIV infection. Osteomyelitis and bone prosthetic infections. Genomics, molecular
biology and pathogenicity of S. aureus.
Infections in transplant patients. Emerging and respiratory viruses.
(Hirschel B, Gervaix A, Kaiser L, Kelley W, Lew D, Pittet , Schrenzel J, Uckay
I, Van Delden C ) [additional information is available at http://www.geneve-infection.ch/]
- Lausanne: Antibiotic stewardship and monitoring of antibiotic
use. Complicated bone and joint infections. Surgical implant associated-infections.
Cytomegalovirus. Epidemiology, diagnosis, prevention and therapy of bacterial,
fungal and viral infections in immunocompromised and critically-ill patients.
Emerging pathogens. Immunogenetics, genetic epidemiology. Infections due to
intracellular bacteria. Innate immunity, cytokines and sepsis. Molecular epidemiology
of nosocomial infections. Molecular pathogenesis of endocarditis. Resistance,
pharmaco-epidemiology, and therapeutic drug monitoring in HIV. Transplant infectious
diseases. (Bochud, Calandra T, Erard V, Greub G, Manuel O, Marchetti O, Meylan
P, Moreillon P, Telenti A, Trampuz A, Zanetti G)
- Basel: Infectious diseases, hospital hygiene and epidemiology.
Full clinical service in all areas of infection diseases and hospital hygiene
and epidemiology. Pathophysiology and clinical research including health economy.
HIV: pathogenesis and course of disease. (Battegay M, Flckiger U, Widmer A,
Erb P) [additional information is available at http://www.infektiologie.uhbs.ch/content_allg/main.asp]
- Zurich: Clinical trials in HIV. Molecular biology of HIV,
latent reservoirs, and anti-HIV immune response. HIV epidemiology. Intestinal
infections. Zoonotic infections. Hospital epidemiology. (Weber R, Ruef C, Guenthart
H, Opravil M, Trkola A, Flepp M, Speck R, Ledergerber B)
- St. Gallen: Sexual transmission of HIV (Vernazza P). [additional
information is available at http://www.infekt.ch]
The program is open to applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of
developing countries or Eastern Europe. Applicants should have a M.D.
or a Ph.D in a relevant field and should hold a position at a medical,
research, or public health institution. An endorsement by the home
institution is required for participation in the program.
Application materials are available for download in PDF format or in
Applications will be reviewed by a joint SSI and ISID committee. Selection
will be based on the applicant's academic potential, career plans, previous
clinical/research experience, letters of reference, and relevance of
training to home institution and home country. Personal interviews will be
arranged with selected applicants as the final step in the application
The annual application deadline for Fellowship applications is 1 April. All
applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 1 July.
Requests for application materials and additional information should be
International Society for Infectious Diseases
Professional Development Working Group
9 Babcock Street, Unit 3
Brookline, Massachusetts 02446
Fax: (617) 278-9113