TOPRA Education Bursaries for low to middle income countries (2023)

Education BursariesWe are delighted to be able to offer Education Bursaries for low-to-middle income countries for use next year (2023). Our first grant round closes at midnight (GMT) on Monday 15 August.

What is the TOPRA Education Bursary?

TOPRA is providing a bursary to support professionals in low and middle income countries, as defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), who are looking to develop their skills and expertise in regulatory affairs.

There are two types of bursaries available to individuals, Foundation and Pathfinder (see below for more details), and they are available to enable attendance at TOPRA training courses in 2023.

Individuals from the following countries can apply:

Afghanistan Grenada Nigeria
Albania Guatemala Niue
Algeria Guinea Pakistan
Angola Guinea-Bissau Palau
Antigua and Barbuda Guyana Panama
Argentina Haiti Papua New Guinea
Armenia Honduras Paraguay
Azerbaijan India Peru
Bangladesh Indonesia Philippines
Belarus Iran Rwanda
Belize Iraq Saint Helena
Benin Jamaica Samoa
Bhutan Jordan São Tomé and Príncipe
Bolivia Kazakhstan Senegal
Bosnia and Herzegovina Kenya Serbia
Botswana Kiribati Sierra Leone
Brazil Democratic People's Republic of Korea Solomon Islands
Burkina Faso Kosovo Somalia
Burundi Kyrgyzstan South Africa
Cabo Verde Lao People's Democratic Republic South Sudan
Cambodia Lebanon Sri Lanka
Cameroon Lesotho Saint Lucia
Central African Republic Liberia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Chad Libya Sudan
China (People's Republic of) North Macedonia Suriname
Colombia Madagascar Syrian Arab Republic
Comoros Malawi Tajikistan
Democratic Republic of Congo Malaysia Tanzania
Congo Maldives Thailand
Costa Rica Mali Timor-Leste
Côte d'Ivoire Marshall Islands Togo
Cuba Mauritania Tokelau
Djibouti Mauritius Tonga
Dominica Mexico Tunisia
Dominican Republic Micronesia Turkey
Ecuador Moldova Turkmenistan
Egypt Mongolia Tuvalu
El Salvador Montenegro Uganda
Equatorial Guinea Montserrat Ukraine
Eritrea Morocco Uzbekistan
Eswatini Mozambique Vanuatu
Ethiopia Myanmar Venezuela
Fiji Namibia Vietnam
Gabon Nauru Wallis and Futuna
Gambia Nepal West Bank and Gaza Strip
Georgia Nicaragua Yemen
Ghana Niger Zambia
    Zimbabwe

Pathfinder Bursary

The aim of this bursary is to support individuals who are either new to regulatory affairs or at the start of their career with the full cost of the course and up to £1,000 of travel and accommodation expenses where applicable (subject to TOPRA’s existing expense policy).

Recommended courses for applicants for this bursary include:

  • Essentials of European Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs
  • Essentials of Medical Device Regulatory Affairs
  • Essentials of IVD Regulatory Affairs
  • Essentials of European Veterinary Regulatory Affairs
 

Foundation Bursary

The aim of this bursary is to support individuals who are developing their knowledge after at least six months of working in regulatory affairs with the full cost of the course and up to £1,500 of travel and accommodation expenses (subject to TOPRA’s existing expense policy).

Recommended courses for applicants for this bursary include:

  • Foundation – Spring or Autumn Introductory Course 
  • Medical Device Introductory course
  • European IVD Regulatory Affairs or Regulation of In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices
 Individuals working in Veterinary Regulatory Affairs may apply to attend any relevant veterinary regulatory affairs training (excludes conferences)

How can I apply for the Bursary Fund?

Please write a supporting letter describing why you wish to apply, which course you wish to attend and how this will help you.

This letter needs to be sent in an email to meetings@topra.org for the attention of our Director of Professional Development at the earliest opportunity, along with the following detail and documents:

  • Copy of a valid passport
  • Proof of address – you must be currently living and working in a low to middle income country 
  • Supporting evidence that you are in employment in a regulatory affairs role

If you are unsure about the application process or the documents needed to support an application, please contact the Professional Development team at meetings@topra.org

Application considerations

Bursaries will only be given to individuals living and working in low to middle income countries. The fund is limited so we recommend ensuring you submit your application in good time, noting that you may only apply once in the same year.

Bursaries will not be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis, but instead consideration will be given to the following:

  • The need for the course, how the learning will be used and whether it will be used within six months of the course
  • The benefit the course and the learning will provide both to the company and to the individual
  • Additional consideration will be given to candidates from small or micro enterprises as they may not have other opportunities to access training

Please note that all successful applicants are required to allow their name and organisation to be published, and to support this we would be appreciate a photo and brief story to be provided after attendance. 

Timings

Closing date for 2023 Bursary applications Monday 15 August at midnight (GMT).

Successful applicants will be informed by Friday 23 September to allow time to plan for their attendance in 2023.