The Young Investigator (YI) Program is a career-oriented program instituted to recognize outstanding biomedical and social sciences graduates or post graduates, interested in building a career in research. The focus is to nurture and mentor bright and promising young researchers with the aim to develop a pipeline of investigators capable of leading projects independently. Each YI will undergo a tailored development plan, which will include specific knowledge, skill sets, competence in research management and leadership quality with well-defined time bound targets. The YIs will be guided by mentors to facilitate their development as independent investigators.


To create a pipeline of independent researchers who could ultimately serve as Principal Investigators by:

  • Developing skills to view health issues on a broad continuum from local to international perspective.
  • Developing management and epidemiologic skills to address the health needs, especially of under-served populations.
  • Enhancing ability to synthesize clinical and population-based approaches to disease prevention and health promotion.
  • Building skills in ascertainment and application of knowledge for betterment of public health.
  • Providing an opportunity to conduct smaller studies to generate proof of concept around potential ideas in public health.
  • Providing an opportunity to oversee ongoing trials or be involved in larger interventions in a way that makes it possible to incorporate additional questions as sub-studies.
  • Providing rigorous training in GCP and GLP and basics of bio-banking.
  • Facilitating development of advanced analytical and statistical skills through use of data from previously completed studies.
  • Enhancing skills in analysis and manuscript writing.


  • Bio-medical and social sciences graduate or postgraduate, interested in building a career in research.
  • Excellent academic record.
  • Adequate knowledge of public health research.


At the end of five years as a Young Investigator, participants are expected to have:

  • Published at least four papers, named as the first author in at least two of them.
  • Enrolled in a PhD program.
  • Received a grant for the implementation of at least one proposal.
  • Engaged in the implementation of a project as its principal investigator.


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