Capacity building at BHP focuses on training and mentoring of students and early career investigators performing mentored research; clinical teaching of residents, fellows and medical students at Scottish Livingstone Hospital; and professional training of all cadres of BHP staff.  A vibrant group of research fellows at various stages of training are working on projects that are of public health importance in Botswana, across the region and globally. Senior laboratory and clinical investigators serve as mentors to the research fellows, often in collaborative mentorship teams with one another and with other international collaborators.  Fellows pursuing MS and PhD degrees are registered with various academic institutions including University of Botswana (UB), Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, University of Witwatersrand, University of Kwazulu Natal, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Active Capacity Building Grants

  • Trials of Excellence in Southern Africa (TESA) III
  • Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE)
  • H3 Biomedicine (H3Bio)
  • Wellcome Trust
  • Fogarty International Center (Fogarty D43)
  • Fogarty International Center (Fogarty HBNU)
  • NIH K24 mentoring grants


  • Masters, PhD and postdoctoral students
  • Early Career Investigators (including clinician-investigators)
  • Medical students, residents and fellows in training
  • Interns
  • Other healthcare workers and laboratory staff

Major Training and Capacity Building Grants and Initiatives at BHP

Short Name Title Principal Investigator Funder/Grant Trainees Period
CCBI BHP Clinical Capacity Building Initiative Barak, Luckett, Clune, Schwanke Khilji BIDMC, OHSU 180 2016-present
Lockman K24 Mentoring in Global Patient-Oriented HIV Research in the Era of COVID-19 and Universal ART Lockman


K24 AI131928

12 MS, PhD, MD (current)

SANTHE Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence Gaseitsiwe

AAS AESA/Wellcome Trust


4 grad,8 MPhil, 4 PhDs, 2 pstdoc 2015-2025
EDCTP Trials of Excellence in Southern Africa (TESA I-III) Musonda, Moyo


CSA2020 E-3104

3/year MSc/MPhil 2009-2024
H3ABioNet H3ABioNet: A Sustainable African Bioinformatics Network for H3 Africa Gaseitsiwe

Wellcome Trust/NIH

U24 HG006941

1/year MPhil/PhD 2012-2023
Fogarty Training in HIV/AIDS Prevention Research in Botswana; International Training in AIDS-Related Epidemiology (AITRP); Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows Program (FICRS) Shapiro, Lockman, Makhema (2019-present); Essex, Shapiro (2013-2019); Essex (1998-2013)


D43 TW009610

D43 TW000004

Currently 5/year MS/PhD/Postdocs;

47 (AITRP)

16 (FICRS)

NCD CPD Continued Professional Development Program on Non-Communicable Disease Management for Outpatient Providers in Kweneng District Barak, Gala BIDMC 202 2019
Shapiro K24 Expansion of Research and Mentoring to Improve Birth/Treatment Outcomes in HIV-Affected Children Shapiro


K24 AI131924

7 MS, PhD, MD (current) 2018-2023  
Informatics Building Sustainable Capacity for Healthcare Workers to utilize Health Information Systems Gaolathe


U2G GH001488

556 HCPs 2015-2020
Peo Project Planning for NCDs Research Center of Excellence in Southern Africa Tapela


P20 CA210283

6 Fellows 2016-2019
AIDS Vaccine Partnership Botswana/Canada AIDS Vaccine Discovery Partnership Musonda

Canadian IHR


1/year MS 2012-2015
TanZambo HIV/AIDS Prevention Trials Capacity Building for Botswana, Tanzania and Zambia Musonda



1/year MS 2010-2014
SACORE Southern African Consortium for Research Musonda

Wellcome Trust


1/year PhD 2009-2014
Master Trainer Support of Training of HIV Health Care Providers in Botswana Gaolathe


U2G PS001994

7, 177 nurses and other HCPs 2009-2014
Infant Mortality Pediatric ART, HIV and TB/HIV Care and Outreach Support in Botswana Gaolathe


U2G PS001882

1,839 2009-2014
PEPFAR Training and Monitoring for Antiretroviral Drug Use in Botswana Marlink


U62 PS123541

900/year 2004-2013
KITSO Training of Botswana Personnel and HIV Clinical Practices Makhema


Gates/Merck Foundations

8,000 clinicians and other HCPs 2001-2012