TDR Global Research Mentorship Challenge Contest Finalists


Enhancing research mentorship is a priority for TDR Global, a community of passionate scientists and experts working with TDR to support global research on infectious diseases of poverty.


The purpose of TDR Global Research Mentorship Challenge Contest was to engage people in LMICs to generate particle ideas to improve research mentorship. This challenge identified practices to improve research mentorship in LMIC settings. For example, from a mentee’s perspective, how do you prepare for meetings with your research mentor? From a mentor’s perspective, how do you guide a mentee in writing her/his first journal paper?


The call for entries was launched at the end of October and final deadline was December 15. The contest information disseminated through social media, blog posts, emails, and in-person events. TDR Global and SESH Global are the main organizers of this contest, with strong support from TDR regional training centers (RTCs). Guidelines and other details on the call for entries are here:

As a result, we received 123 submissions from 47 countries.The judging process for this contest has three phases: Phase I) Screening of entries for eligibility; Phase II) Evaluating eligible cases on a 1-10 scale by January 25th; Phase III) Vetting for strengths and weaknesses among those cases with a mean score of 7/10 or greater by the end of February).


The challenge has regional and global prizes. Regional prizes will celebrate excellence from respective TDR RTC regions (Latin America/Caribbean, Africa, Asia). People who are residing in these regions are eligible for a prize from their region. The number of finalists for regional prizes will be determined by RTCs. In terms of the global prize, one individual will be selected from regional finalists and supported to attend the the ASTMH 2020 meeting in November, 2020. All contributions determined to be exceptional by our judging panel will receive a commendation from the TDR Global Challenge Steering Committee, in addition to being shared with TDR Global networks.  Regional prizes will include the following:

Latin American

Ana María Aguilar Liendo,MD, MSc

Pamela Durán, PhD

Susanna Rance, PhD

​Community-based mentoring to enhance competencies and development of rural Bolivian research teams investigating factors contributing to infant stunting

Problems to solve

To enhance individual and collective competencies of research teams investigating factors contributing to infant stunting in two rural Bolivian municipalities.

Implementation plan

Phase 1: Team consolidation

Phase 2: Training and research

Phase 3: Use of research


Nsisong Asanga 

A Six-Step Plan For TDR Global Research Mentorship Improvement 

Problems to solve

  • Lack of MOOCS
  • Motivation
  • Oversight
  • Organization
  • Culture
  • Structure

Implementation plan

1. Develop DREAMS action plan & budget

2. Adopt technology e.g. Dream App

3. Establish Online Presence: email, Twitter, Facebook, blog

4. Follow the DREAMS rubric 


Ezra Valido 

Getting research to work (GROW) for people


Implementation plan

​1. Create a small in-country community of practice groups that are facilitated and moderated by a research institute or by a local research organization. 

​2. The community of practice groups are comprised and open to individuals who are interested in doing research in infectious disease or those currently who are doing a research on the topic. 

3. The operations  is handled by a non-academic organization. They moderate and coordinate the communities’ activities.  Moreover, they are responsible in providing  platforms of interaction and tracks progress of projects. 

Problems to solve

  • ​Most young investigators has been products of good education and training but once in the real world  

  1. face lack of funding for their work
  2. lack access to local experts for further mentorship especially if trained abroad
  3. lack support systems once training is done

  • Often leads to frustration and abandonment of previous research interest


Dr. Christine Boinett, 

Dr. Alice Matimba, 

Ms Isabela Malta, 

Ms Emmanuela Oppong,

Your Digital Mentor


Implementation plan

The digital mentor podcast is a series that aims to provide access to conversations around mentoring and other aspects of research and career development, with a focus on LMICs. 

Problems to solve

Mentorship is a learned skill and is not always accessible to everyone especially those in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). 


Contact our contest coordinator at

                  Partner Organization

​This contest is organized by the TDR Global and SESH Global, with strong support from TDR Regional Training Centers in Latin America (Colombia), Africa (Ghana), and Asia (Indonesia).