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).

Finalist submissions

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,


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



  • Africa

Nsisong Asanga,

"DREAMS: A Six Step Plan For TDR Global Research Mentorship Improvement. (Design the program, Recruit, Educate,Adopt,Monitor and evaluate continuously, Sustainability) "

  • ​​Asia

Ezra Valido,

"Small in-country community of practice groups that are facilitated and moderated by a research institute or by a local research organization. "

  • ​​Europe

Christine Boinett,

“A podcast where PIs, early researchers and students can be interviewed in short 10 -15-minute interviews and referred to herein as digital mentors (DMs)


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).