Opening Gates Course Application


New fully funded opportunity for trainees or early career investigators and clinicians in Latin America!

Opening Gates: New Methods for Testing and Delivery of Novel Contraceptives for Male & Female Targets

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Applications are open now through January 5, 2023!

SSR and Frontiers in Reproduction (FIR) are offering a new week-long training opportunity for early career researchers and physician-scientists in Latin America consisting of intensive, hands-on laboratories and advanced lectures. This Gates Foundation sponsored course will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from March 27th to 31st. Costs related to travel, housing and participating in the program will be free-of-charge for applicants selected for the program

When: March 27 – 31, 2023

Cost: There is no cost to participate in this program. Tuition, travel, hotel and meals will be covered for all participants.

Where: Instituto de Biologia y Medicina Experimental (IBYME), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Language: Spanish

Eligibility: Eligible applicants will be early career researchers and physician-scientists in Latin America working on or interested in gamete research, contraception, women’s health, and applying advanced methodologies. 10-12 trainee or early career scientists will be selected from the pool of applicants

Course Design: The course will be a combination of lectures and hands-on work, involving the participation of investigators, fellows, and invited speakers. It will have a duration of one week with lectures every morning and the hands-one training in the afternoon corresponding to the topics presented in the morning session.

Daily themes will be:

  • Day 1: Oocyte biology
  • Day 2: Sperm biology
  • Day 3: Fertilization
  • Day 4: Human gametes
  • Day 5: Contraception


  • “Intellectual Property”
  • “Common pitfalls in research”
  • “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation” (tentative)
  • Career development issues will be discussed on the closure event on Friday night

Course Schedule:
Click here to view the detailed schedule.

Application: Apply online here (Aplicación en Español). Applicants will need to submit a statement of interest along with two letters of support.