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For early career nutrition graduates establishing careers at home

These grants are designed to support early-career nutritionists who have recently completed their doctoral studies in developed countries as they embark on their professional journeys back in their home countries.

The grants provide financial assistance for various essentials needed to transition smoothly into a new role. This support can encompass a range of needs such as acquiring books, laptops, setting up workspaces, and even funding pilot research projects, among others.

For eligible applicants from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, there is an opportunity to apply for a grant valued at up to $5,000. Candidates must have completed their doctoral training in nutrition science within the past two years to qualify. While there is a preference for those aligning with the activities of IUNS Task Forces upon reintegration, this is not a mandatory criterion.

Previous Awardees

In 2020 Dr Carina Valenzuela Avendaño of Chile and Dr Faith Agbozo of Ghana were awarded the IUNS Re-Integration Grant.

Dr Carina Valenzuela Avendaño 


The grant helped Carina with creating her laboratory, provide books and attending conferences to share her research. Carina used the grant to set up her own independent line of research focused on the topic of lipids and Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD). 

Dr Faith Agbozo

Dr Faith Agbozo


“I was very apprehensive when I took the final decision to return from Germany after my PhD. Challenges that make research in developing countries demotivating – limited access to funding, equipment, collaborators – almost prevented my return. The IUNS grant was timely as it gave me the confidence that I could continue my doctoral project until I settled down and found my footing in my career.”

Dr Faith Agbozo

Faith planned to use the grant for research on the magnitude of diabetes following gestational diabetes in Ghana, and to assess the continued support provided by the health system for these mothers.  Her IUNS grant helped fund the portable fully automated clinical chemistry analysis equipment, needed for the research.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the pressing health needs in Ghana, Faith was driven to change her research agenda to a project aimed to assess the diagnostic accuracy of the COVID-19 rapid Point-of-Care test; as well as strategies to sustain maternal and child health/nutrition service delivery during the Pandemic.

Dr Faith Agbozo working in the field.

How to Apply

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application form (download via link below)
  • Supporting letter from main thesis supervisor
  • Supporting letter from employer in home country
  • Letter from the applicant indicating:
  • How grant funds would be applied
  • How the applicant would support the activities of the Nutrition Society/Adhering Body in their home country

Essential Criteria:

  • Applicants must come from countries which are Adhering Bodies of IUNS and are in good standing. To verify your country’s status, please contact the IUNS Secretariat at:
  • Applicants must be returning to work in a country within Africa, Asia, or Latin America.
  • Applicants must have completed their doctoral training in nutrition science within the last two years.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Applicants intending to work in an area compatible with IUNS Task Force activities upon re-integration will be given some special preference. More information on IUNS Task Forces can be found on this website.

Successful applicants are required to submit a report to IUNS within one year, detailing how the grant was utilized. This report should also highlight the benefits derived from the grant in terms of reintegrating into their home country and establishing a new career path.


Applications closed on 31 October 2024.
Applications and all required information should be returned to the IUNS Secretariat: