International Programs
Science is a multinational, cross-cultural endeavor. HHMI supports the careers and scientific creativity of outstanding scientists working abroad through three programs.

Map of HHMI International Reach

International Research Scholars

HHMI and partners, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, have established an international program to select up to 50 outstanding early career scientists. The program’s aim is to help develop scientific talent worldwide. In an international competition, HHMI and its partners sought top early career researchers from a wide variety of biomedical research fields. Awards were announced in May 2017.

International Early Career Scientists

Twenty-eight international early career scientists are establishing independent research programs in 12 countries with HHMI support. The scientists, selected because they are or have the potential to become scientific leaders, receive $650,000 over five years and become a part of the HHMI community. At the time of their selection in 2012, the initial group of international early career scientists had led their own laboratories for less than seven years.

Senior International Research Scholars

Thirteen HHMI senior international research scholars lead labs in seven countries worldwide. The scholars, scientific leaders who were selected among applicants who had been funded through previous HHMI international programs, received five-year, $500,000 awards in 2012.

The Africa Health Research Institute (formerly K-RITH)

In 2009, HHMI and the University of KwaZulu-Natal established the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) in Durban, South Africa. K-RITH’s mission was to conduct outstanding basic science research on tuberculosis (TB) and HIV, translate the scientific findings into new tools to control both diseases, and expand the educational opportunities in the region. In 2016, K-RITH merged with the Africa Centre to become the Africa Health Research Institute, a new interdisciplinary institute that conducts research on TB, HIV, and other diseases.

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Program Outcomes

New Competition

Program Dates

The 2016 International Research Scholars Competition is now closed. The deadline was June 30, 2016 at 2 p.m. (ET).