Global Partnership Initiated Biosecurity Academia for Controlling Health Threats (GIBACHT)
Global Partnership Initiated Biosecurity Academiafor Controlling Health Threats(GIBACHT)

Requirements, application and selection

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

  • Professional experience of at least two years in either the public health or medical sector, preferably with engagement in the management, prevention and control of infectious diseases
  • A degree or proficiency in at least one of the following fields:
    • Public Health,
    • Medicine,
    • Epidemiology,
    • Microbiology,
    • Biology,
    • Equivalent life science disciplines,
  • An endorsement document of the current employer confirming a minimum of a one-year contract duration following completion of the programme is required. This endorsement should include an assurance that the GIBACHT fellow will be released from work for the three one-week workshops. 

The following wording can be used for this assurance in the endorsement letter:

 “Our institute supports the participation of Mr/Mrs/Dr __________________ in the GIBACHT fellowship and will release (him/her) from work for the three GIBACHT workshops, which will take place from 8 to 12 April 2019, 15 to 19 July 2019 and 14 to 18 October 2019."


Advanced proficiency in English is required for all participants, for example: TOEFL Paper 550, TOEFL Computer 213, TOEFL Internet 79–80, IELTS 6.0, native speaker, or completed higher education in English (with written proof). For applicants without proof of English proficiency, we intend to conduct phone interviews.


Internet access is required for the e-learning modules.

Successful completion of the programme will be certified only after:

  • Successful completion of all GIBACHT e-learning modules
  • Presence and active participation in all three workshops
  • Active participation in the case study development process (during and in between workshops)
  • Conducting the Scientific Exchange training at their home institution
  • Completion of distance-based deliverables in a group


Selection procedure:

As spaces are limited, a two-stage selection procedure will be applied:

  • The steering board of the programme will select the applicants to be admitted to the first eight e-learning modules
  • After the completion of these eight modules, the best 16 fellows will be selected and admitted to the full programme.



In order to apply for participation in the programme, please submit

  • A CV,
  • A letter of motivation (300 words max),
  • An endorsement document of the current employer,
  • Proof of English proficiency,
  • Accredited copies of application documents confirming your eligibility as outlined above.


Please submit the application form and requested documents in the online portal at:

Application deadline is 31 October 2018, midnight Central European Time.

Acceptance to the programme is subject to the approval from the German Federal Foreign office. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Only electronic applications submitted through the online portal will be accepted. Please do not send hardcopy applications by mail. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.





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