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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2022 Global Senior Scholars

Scholar: Monday Michael Onakpa

Hosts: Lili Tang, PhD and Jia-Sheng Wang, PhD

Environmental Health Science & Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, United States.

Dr. Tang serves as associate professor at the Department of Environmental Health Science, College of Public Health, University of Georgia (UGA) and as a faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program under the Graduate School of UGA. She has over 25 years’ research experience in environmental health and toxicology areas. The long-term goal of her research is to better understand health effects of exposure to environmental toxicants and individual response by integrating the microbiome, exposome, multi-omics, model organism, and biomarkers. She has maintained active collaboration with researchers at Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, Makerere University, and Jiangnan University. The collaborative efforts have resulted in many publications. She also has an active USAID funded research project conducted in Uganda via collaborations with toxicology faculty at Makerere University School of Public Health.

Dr. Jia-Sheng Wang, Head of Department has devoted all his career on studying global etiology and prevention of chronic diseases linked with environmental toxicants, including liver and esophageal cancer studies in rural areas of China in 1980-2000. In past 20 years, under the support of USAID, he collaborated with many US research Institutions conducted studies in many developing nations, including Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Nepal to explore the correlations between mycotoxins exposure and children’s growth stunting.

Global Senior Scholar Applicants can learn more about these Hosts from their application.


Scholar: Bernard Gadagbui Scholar: Michael Dourson

Hosts: Bernard Gadagbui, MSc, PhD, DABT, ERT and Michael Dourson, PhD, DABT, FATS, FSRA

Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA), Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.

Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) is an independent, non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation organized in 1995 for innovative scientific and educational purposes. TERA’s mission is to support public health protection through the best use of toxicity and exposure information in the development of human health risk assessments. We accomplish this mission by developing risk values, communicating risk assessment information, organizing expert reviews and workshops, improving risk methods through research, and educating risk managers, assessors, and the public on risk assessment issues. TERA has extensive corporate experience in developing and applying risk assessment guidance and methods; developing cross-jurisdictional methods reviews; developing hazard and risk prioritization frameworks; analyzing toxicity and epidemiology data for single chemical and mixtures toxicological assessments; and developing methods and assessments for human health and chemical risk assessment for environmental, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, and occupational exposure scenarios. Our assessment program utilizes state-of-the-science risk methods (some having been developed by our scientific staff) and guidance used by the leading government agencies and other authoritative bodies. 

TERA employees including highly trained generalists and specialists and is led by our President, Dr. Michael Dourson, DABT, FATS, FSRA, with Dr. Bernard Gadagbui, DABT, ERT, as the Director of Training.  Individual TERA scientists have training in toxicology, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, industrial hygiene, pharmacology, epidemiology, biomathematics, environmental science, biomedical science, aquatic toxicology, education, and technical and scientific communication. Many of our senior staff are recognized leaders in the toxicology, occupational toxicology, industrial hygiene, and risk assessment fields. The majority of TERA’s staff members hold a PhD or Masters; many are Diplomates of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT) and one is also included in the UK Register of Toxicologists.

Global Senior Scholar Applicants can learn more about these Hosts from their application.


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