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Wednesday 28th June 2017

AREF Research Development Fellowships 2017

Third call for applications for AREF’s transformative Research Development Fellowships

The Programme aims to enhance the research competitiveness of emerging African researchers with leadership potential who are working on important challenges for human health in Africa. The Programme scope includes a broad range of science disciplines and health challenges. AREF is keen to attract more excellent proposals on important neglected tropical diseases – in particular on chronic ill-health and mental health – and in maternal, neonatal and infant health.

The Fellowship enables talented early-career researchers to develop their own research ideas and specialist skills, to grow their research relationships through collaboration and mentorship, and to work towards a major research funding proposal. An AREF Fellowship supports a developmental placement of three-to-nine months in a leading research organisation in Europe or Africa with time either side of the placement for preparation and follow-up.

The maximum award is 40,000 GB Pounds.  Read eligibility criteria

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Wednesday 28th June 2017

The State of Kenya

6-8 p.m Africa Research Institute, 55 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QL


Denis Galava, Former Managing Editor, Nation Media Group; Visiting Research Fellow, King’s College London

Ambreena Manji, Professor of Land Law and Development, Cardiff University; former Director, British Institute in Eastern Africa

Kwame Owino, Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya)

On 8th August, Kenyans will elect a president, senators, members of the National Assembly, and county government representatives. Ahead of the polls, these three distinguished panellists will discuss the state of the media, land matters and the economy.

Friday 30th June 2017

Intimate partner violence initiative

The Innovations for Poverty Action, in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee, invites proposals for its intimate partner violence initiative. This supports researchers working on randomised evaluations to conduct research to help expand the evidence base on what works in reducing intimate partner violence in low income countries.

Researchers must be affiliated with a research institution or a university and either hold a PhD or be currently pursuing a PhD in a relevant social science discipline. The fund encourages research projects in developing countries. Projects in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, as well as applications from research teams with one or more researchers working full time in these regions, are particularly encouraged.

Funding is worth up to USD 300,000. Projects are expected to launch IPV-related component of their study before the end of 2017.

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Saturday 1st July 2017

Visiting fellowship programme African Studies Centre Leiden, NL

The African Studies Centre Leiden invites applications for its visiting fellowship programme. This allows researchers to spend up to three months at the ASCL working on data analysis or writing, usually as part of a joint project with one or more ASCL staff members and Africanists at other institutes or faculties of Leiden University.

Applicants must hold a PhD with a focus on Africa and must be fluent in English or French. Applicants must have an active academic career, and must have published at least three articles or books that meet international standards within the last five years. Preference is given to candidates employed by an African research institute with which Leiden University has, or aspires to have, a memorandum of understanding.

Awards cover return tickets, accommodation, living expenses, medical insurance and the use of facilities. Fellowships are tenable for up to 90 days. In addition, fellows will be offered an optional one month visiting fellowship at a partner institute in Africa.

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Monday 10th July 2017

Three new awards for researchers in the developing world

TWAS has added a collection of three new awards to celebrate top researchers from the developing world. These prizes are targeted to key communities – women researchers and scientists from Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The awards are :

  • The TWAS-Abdool Karim Prize for women scientists in low-income African countries;
  • The TWAS-Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Prize, dedicated to scientists from the LDCs;
  • The TWAS-Fayzah Al-Kharafi Prize, dedicated to women scientists from science- and technology-lagging countries.

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Monday 10th July 2017

Rwanda science and maths education research centre seeks PhDs

A University of Rwanda-based centre of excellence in mathematics and science education is calling for applications for scholarships from prospective PhD students, The scholarships include travel, tuition, as well as accommodation and living expenses of US$3,000 per year.

Students from any country in sub-Saharan Africa with a masters degree in mathematics, science or education can apply.
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Saturday 15th July 2017

The Civil Society Leadership Awards

The Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) provides fully-funded scholarships for master’s degree study to individuals who clearly demonstrate academic and professional excellence and a deep commitment to leading positive social change in their communities.

The awards are available on particular topics (see more information link) and to citizens of a number of countries including in Africa:

Democratic Republic of Congo
Equatorial Guinea
Republic of Congo
South Sudan

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Monday 24th July 2017

Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

The Africa Prize is now OPEN for applications and will close on 24 July 2017

The Africa Prize encourages ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to apply their skills to develop scalable solutions to local challenges, highlighting the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development. Crucial commercialisation support is awarded to a shortlist of innovative applicants through a six-month period of training and mentoring.

Following this period of mentorship, finalists are invited to present at an event held in Africa and a winner is selected to receive £25,000 along with runners-up, who are each awarded £10,000.

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Thursday 27th July 2017

Skills Development Fellowship opportunities: July 2017

The MRC Skills Development Fellowship (SDF) scheme has for a number of years successfully supported many researchers in priority skills areas, in particular bringing together wider quantitative and biomedical skills. The SDF scheme aims to provide 3-year training fellowships that:

Support very early career researchers to explore and further develop their skills in a priority area in which they are already active or in which they are seeking training;


Support researchers at any career stage who wish to transform their career by developing new skills in a priority area.

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Thursday 27th July 2017 NEW!

Support to Long-term Sustainable Ecosystem Management and Wildlife Law Enforcement in Transboundary Conservation Areas under the Cross-Regional Wildlife Conservation programme in Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean

Call for concept note

This supports the identification and implementation of actions by stakeholders living in or adjacent to trans-frontier conservation areas aimed at promoting and strengthening the establishment and sustainable management of the TFCAs. Grants are worth between €800,000 and €1.2m and cover between 60 and 80 per cent of total eligible costs.

In the first instance, only concept notes  must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application. 

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Friday 28th July 2017 NEW!

Forty zoonotics postgrad scholarships on offer in Tanzania

Tanzania’s Sokoine University of Agriculture - 2 postdoctoral,, 30 PhD and 8 MPhil/MSc awards

Tanzania’s Sokoine University of Agriculture is partnering with the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance to offer 40 postgraduate fellowships ranging from masters to post-doctoral level. 

This call is OPEN for competition by young scientists from Africa. Registration will be at either Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) or Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania, depending on area of research interest.

Programmes will concentrate on the broad areas of virology and microbiology, epidemiology, and social sciences, including viral diseases threats to human health, food security and livelihoods, neglected tropical diseases and community health security.
Fellowships will cover research expenses, tuition, travel and living stipends.

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Monday 31st July 2017 NEW!

University of Pretoria postdoctoral fellowships

Call for applications

The University of Pretoria (UP) invites applications from excellent doctoral graduates for the Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme. These fellowships enable recent doctoral graduates to join the University as postdoctoral researchers and to develop their research skills and academic careers through participation in areas that align with the University's research strengths and strategic priorities. The fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis and the candidates' previous achievements will be important criteria in identifying suitable fellows, as will the alignment of their research interests with identified institutional priorities.

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Monday 31st July 2017

MRC/AHRC GCRF Global Public Health; Partnership Awards

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) offers a unique opportunity for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC) to co-design a global public health initiative. This call seeks to bring together expertise in medical science and health interventions in developing countries, with an understanding of local knowledge, cultural dynamics, community engagement and trust. The call will fully launch in mid-February 2017 and be open to applications from mid-March 2017.

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Tuesday 1st August 2017

The Prince Bernhard Nature Fund project support grants

The Prince Bernhard Nature Fund invites applications for its project support grants. These support projects that aim to help save critically endangered flora and fauna in the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Preference is given to organisations from these regions, sometimes in partnership with parties in Europe and North America.

Grants are worth up to €25,000 each.

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Saturday 12th August 2017

Opportunities for Kenyan Economists

Kenyan nationals who wish to study for a PhD in economics can apply for fellowships from the African Economic Research Consortium.

The AERC is a non-profit organisation that promotes economic policy research and training in Africa. The fellowships are co-sponsored by the Kenyan government. A variety of economics fields are eligible, including agricultural, energy, environmental and natural resources, and infrastructure.

Only Kenyan citizens that have been admitted to one of eight partner universities are eligible. The universities are Cape Town and Witwatersrand in South Africa, Ibadan and Benin in Nigeria, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Yaoundé II in Cameroon, Nairobi in Kenya and Cocody in Ivory Coast. Applicants should have a relevant masters degree and at least one published academic paper in a reputable journal.
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Saturday 30th September 2017

International Plant Nutrition Institute Award

A global non-profit organisation promoting the responsible use of plant nutrients like phosphates and nitrogen is calling for nominations for its annual science prize. The International Plant Nutrition Institute Science Award recognises scientists for their work in the ecological intensification of crop production. IPNI members are big players in the plant nutrient industry and fertiliser associations.
The winner will receive US$5,000. Crop scientists, agronomists and soil or food scientists anywhere in the world can be nominated.
All nominations must be in English and must be submitted by 30 September. At least three nominations are needed to be eligible.
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Saturday 30th June 2018

Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund Fellowships 2017/8

Call for applicants

The Biosciences eastern and central Africa - International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub, located in Nairobi, Kenya, is a shared agricultural research and biosciences platform that exists to increase access for African researchers to affordable, world-class research facilities. The mission of the BecA-ILRI Hub is “Mobilizing Bioscience for Africa’s Development” by providing a centre for excellence in agricultural biosciences, which enables research, capacity building and product incubation, conducted by scientists in Africa and for Africa, and empowers African institutions to harness innovations for regional impact.

The purpose of the ABCF fellowship program is to develop capacity for agricultural biosciences research in Africa, to support research for development projects that ultimately contribute towards increasing food and nutritional security and/or food safety in Africa, and to facilitate access to the BecA-ILRI Hub facilities by African researchers (and their partners). We seek applicants with innovative ideas for short to medium term research projects (up to 12 months) aligned with national, regional or continental agricultural development priorities that can be undertaken at the BecA-ILRI Hub.

The call mainly targets nationals of BecA focus countries (Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda). Under special partnership and collaboration arrangements, applicants from other African countries are considered for the fellowship. The applicant MUST be a researcher employed within NARS or with strong affiliation. Currently engaged in research in food and nutritional security or food safety in Africa, or in a research area with relevance to agriculture in Africa.

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