Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program

The Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program anticipates funding two mid-career to senior Scholar toxicologists from Developing Countries to attend the SOT Annual Meeting and spend about four weeks with one or more SOT Member Hosts from established toxicology programs in academic, government, or industry organization(s) worldwide. The Host will visit the Scholar’s institution in turn. The primary goal is to increase toxicology capacity in developing countries by providing professional opportunities for scientists through relationships supported by SOT. The Scholars who are selected are expected to build on this opportunity by strengthening toxicology within their universities and countries. The program provides up to $15,000 for each pair, with up to $10,000 travel support for the Senior Scholar and $5,000 for the Host. Support is not provided for equipment, laboratory supplies, or renovations to current facilities.

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How to Apply for the Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program

Scholar Application Overview

Scholar applicants should be employed in a faculty position in a qualified university in a developing country and affiliated with an existing toxicology and affiliated with an existing toxicology graduate program. Applicants should be positioned professionally to influence toxicology training and research at the institution and in the region. Application Deadline August 31, 2021.

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Host Application Overview

Host applicants should have research interests of potential mutual benefit to one of the selected Scholars and be in an established toxicology program. The Host will be able to provide the Scholar an experience of about four weeks that deepens research and training capabilities and will visit the Scholar's institution. SOT covers the associated costs. Application Deadline June 1, 2021

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2020 Global Senior Scholars

Scholar: Monday Michael Onakpa

Scholar: Monday Michael Onakpa

DVM, MSc, PhD, University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria

Dr. Onakpa is an associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Abuja in Nigeria. His areas of interest include toxicology, pharmacology, occupational health, and environmental health and safety.

The Department of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology has eight academic staff members. All of staff members have PhD degree in their respective areas of specialization including chemotherapy, toxicology, medicinal plants, and ethno-pharmacology. They would like to broaden their knowledge on modalities for strengthening the toxicology program their department. This includes fine tuning their toxicology curriculum, program structure, research designs and methods.

Dr. Onakpa has collaborated with various professional societies and international research institutions. Knowledge of this exchange will improve laboratory procedures and modalities in their graduate programs. It will also be used to encourage undergraduates to pursue graduate programs in toxicology and to carryout enlightenment programs to secondary schools about the science of toxicology, its benefits and criteria for becoming a toxicology researcher.

SOT member Host candidates may learn more about Dr. Onakpa from his application.

Scholar: John Joseph Placheril

Scholar: John Joseph Placheril

MSc, PhD, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India

Dr. Placheril is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Zoology at the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India. His areas of interest and specialization are environmental biology, toxicology and zoology.

The Department of Zoology currently has 36 faculty members, 50 master students, 70 doctoral students, and 7 postdocs. Through the exchange Dr. Placheril desires to fill gaps in the core toxicology curriculum of the department and beyond to strengthen the research infrastructure in the department up to international standards.

Dr. Placheril has collaborated with various professional societies and international research institutions. Knowledge of this exchange will also improve animal cell culture techniques including culture/subculture, maintenance of cell lines, cell proliferation and viability study, cytotoxicity and genotoxicity study, organ culture and suspension culture and flowcytometry techniques and tissue engineering.

SOT member Host candidates may learn more about Dr. Placheril from his application.

Visit the SOT Award Archive to view a list of previous Hosts and Scholars.