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Friday 28th April 2017

Collaborative projects on growth in fragile and post conflict states in Africa – country case studies

The African Economic Research Consortium invites proposals for its collaborative projects on growth in fragile and post conflict states in Africa – country case studies. This aims to generate high quality, context specific and policy relevant knowledge base on inclusive growth in fragile and conflict-affected countries or situations for informed policy making, by analysing specific countries in much detail, and to enhance communication, outreach and policy engagement with stake holders in FCACs.

The lead investigator must have a strong publication record, especially in the relevant area, and have completed at least one AERC research project or have participated in or finalised a research project on a relevant topic not necessarily funded by AERC. At least one member of a proposed research team must be a resident researcher in the country in which the case study will be undertaken. Women are especially encouraged to apply.

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Sunday 30th April 2017

Research Associate (Fixed Term)The Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre , Cambridge

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £29,301-£38,183 p.a. The Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre within theFaculty of Education in central Cambridge wishes to appoint a ResearchAssociate to work on a research project on education in Sub-Saharan Africa.The purpose of this study is map research on education in Sub-SaharanAfrica from African-based universities and research institutions based on agreed themes, and where feasible and relevant, map research on education in Sub-Saharan Africa by non- Sub-Saharan African institutions. Based on this, the postholder will provide an analysis of the scope of research in the region, and identify gaps for potential future research. The postholder will work under the direction of Professor Pauline Rose.

Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant subject area; have excellent
skills in research in particular analysis of literature; an ability to
critically review reports and other documents, and to prepare drafts of
reports emerging from this analysis to a high standard. A broad-based
understanding of education in Sub-Saharan Africa, and an ability to read
French are also desirable.

For full details of responsibilities of the post, and the person
specification please see the Further Particulars for the post.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the
first instance.

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Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

The second call of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme has a total budget of €10 million (US$10.5m). Individual projects will receive between €1m and €1.4m. Projects will run for five years. The call also funds partnership projects. These should include between four and six African higher education institutions and a technical partner in Europe. They will focus on training masters and PhD students.
A variety of research areas are eligible for the grants. 

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Wednesday 3rd May 2017 NEW!

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations

Fosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges. Applicants can be at any experience level and in any discipline. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.
They are accepting applications on the following four topics:
Health Systems Strengthening: Ensuring Effective Health Supply Chains
New Approaches for Improving Timeliness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings
Wearables and Technology for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Behavior Change
Innovations for Integrated Diagnostics Systems

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Monday 8th May 2017

Wellcome Foundation's Intermediate Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

The Wellcome Foundation is seeking applications for its “Intermediate Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine” to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level. This scheme helps mid-career researchers from low- and middle-income countries establish independent research programmes in those countries.


An Intermediate Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine is for up to five years and cannot be renewed. It can be held on a part-time basis. Support includes:
a basic salary (determined by host organisation)
personal removal expenses
research expenses, directly related to proposal
Applicant can also apply for public engagement funds to involve the public in his/her research and inspire learning.  

Follow website link for eligibility criteria.

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Monday 15th May 2017

Stephen Lawn TB-HIV research leadership prize

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease invites nominations for the Stephen Lawn TB-HIV research leadership prize. This recognises young researchers conducting promising work focused on reducing the disease burden of TB and HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Nominees for The Stephen Lawn TB-HIV Research Prize will be clinicians and/or researchers from any country who have completed post-graduate training (MPH, PhD, MD or post-doc) no longer than five years ago, who are under 40 years of age at the time of nomination and who have successfully undertaken innovative research that is expected to impact on TB / HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. Results of this research may be published OR unpublished.

Criteria for selection

Nominees will be assessed on:

The innovative component of their research as well as its scientific rigor and quality.
The potential impact of their work on TB-HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The extent to which the award might contribute to furthering the applicant's work and leadership in the fight against TB-HIV.

The award is worth £1,000 in addition to a fellowship to attend the Union World Conference on Lung Health which will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico from 11 to 14 October 2017.

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Tuesday 23rd May 2017 NEW!

Global Health Travel Awards for attending the conference on Maternal-Fetal Crosstalk

4-8 October 2017 in Washington, DC

Keystone Symposium is inviting investigators from low-and middle-income countries to apply for the Global Health Travel Awards for attending the conference on Maternal-Fetal Crosstalk on 4-8 October 2017 in Washington, DC.

The event will be held adjacent to this year’s Grand Challenges conference.

The Keystone conference brings together investigators of maternal and foetal factors that shape pregnancy outcomes by exploring how these systems work together or are at odds. A shared session with the Grand Challenges meeting will be announced, providing participants of both meetings opportunities to network and collaborate.
Information can be found on the programme website

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Tuesday 23rd May 2017

CIFAR Azrieli global scholars programme

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, a Canadian-based global organization, brings together more than 400 researchers from 16 countries who are pursuing answers to some of the most difficult challenges facing the world. The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides funding and support to help early career researchers build networks and essential skills to position them as leaders and agents of change within academia and beyond.

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars receive:

$100,000 CDN in undesignated research support
A two-year appointment to a CIFAR program aligned with their research interests
Mentorship from experienced researchers
Specialized leadership and communications skills training
Applicants can be from anywhere in the world, but must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and be within five years of their first full-time academic appointment. Scholars' research interests must be aligned with the themes of an eligible CIFAR research program. In 2017, the eligible programs are:

Successful Societies
Institutions, Organizations & Growth
Cosmology & Gravity
Learning in Machines & Brains
Bio-inspired Solar Energy
Quantum Materials
Genetic Networks
Child & Brain Development
Humans & the Microbiome
Molecular Architecture of Life
Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness

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Friday 26th May 2017

South African national Antarctic programme

The South African National Research Foundation invites applications for its South African national Antarctic programme. This supports research in the Southern Ocean, including the Prince Edward islands and Antarctica. The programme aims to contribute to knowledge production about Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and to achieve world-class research and the development of the associated human capacity. Proposals may address the following scientific areas: Earth systems; living systems; human enterprise; and innovation – Southern Ocean and Antarctic technology and engineering. Social Sciences, law and humanities applications are especially encouraged, as are applications addressing innovation.

Applications are accepted from:

•researchers based at recognised research institutions in South Africa, part-time employees on contract, based at recognised research institutions in South Africa, retired researchers based in South Africa who are active researchers formally affiliated to a South African recognised institution. Research teams may also include co-investigators and collaborators.

Funding is provided for three years and may be used for grant holder-linked student support, staff development grants and research-related operating costs.

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Friday 26th May 2017

Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers (Japan Award) 2017

The purpose of the award is to increase motivation among young researchers contributing to research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and related industries in developing regions, which is promoted by Japan for the benefit of those countries. Up to three young researchers who have shown outstanding performance in research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, or related industries for a developing region, and who show great promise and who show great promise will be invited to Japan to attend the commendation ceremony this November and accept their awards and cash gifts (US$5,000 will be given per awardee).


Should be under the age of 40 (as of January 1, 2017)
Should be researchers who have the nationality of developing countries and/or territories, belong to a non-Japanese research institute or a non-Japanese university
Should be engaged in research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related industries in developing regions
Must be able to attend the commendation ceremony and deliver a lecture on November 2, 2017.

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Friday 26th May 2017

The Next Einstein Forum launches search for 54 young African science and technology champions

The Next Einstein Forum will be held in in Kigali, Rwanda, in March 2018. NEF Ambassadors should be residents of an African country, under forty-two years of age, have completed advanced studies in science, technology or have significant entrepreneurial achievements. They should also have a track record of leadership in their community, be passionate about promoting science and technology, and have an active online profile and following.

Applications are available at and will be received until 26 May 2017. The final list of NEF Ambassadors will be published in September 2017. See the NEF Ambassadors video teaser here (

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Wednesday 31st May 2017

Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowships for West Africa: Investing in the future of scholarship

The West African Research Association (WARA), in collaboration with The MasterCard Foundation, is supporting young West African scholars through its Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowship program. This program reflects their desire to increase opportunities for emerging West African scholars, people who are transforming ideas into active solutions to the challenges facing the region and the world at large. In 2017, the Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowship program will award three doctoral research grants of $4,000 each. In addition to a 1500 word proposal, budget, CV, two letters of recommendation, applicants must submit a statement explaining how their research will contribute to meeting critical needs on the continent.

The Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowship is open to doctoral students under age 35 who are based in West African institutions of higher education, for research on the continent. Priority will be given to research projects focusing on women, technology and entrepreneurship.

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Tuesday 13th June 2017 NEW!

Institutional Links grants - Newton Fund

Newton Utafiti Fund (Kenya) and Newton-Mosharafa (Egypt)

Newton Institutional Links aims to build UK-partner country research and innovation collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges which have direct relevance to social welfare and economic development.

This programme is designed to establish links beyond the level of the individual researcher and innovation practitioner, opening up opportunities for more sustainable, solution-oriented collaborations between academic groups as well as with the private and third sector (e.g. SMEs, NGOs, technology transfer offices and other not-for-profit organisations).

Applications can be submitted for collaborations between the UK and Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines and Thailand.

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Tuesday 13th June 2017 NEW!

Royal Society of Chemistry International Exchanges Award

Royal Society of Chemistry International Exchanges Award are for collaborations between researchers in the UK and those in Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa), working on projects in the field of Chemistry.

Up to £12,000 is available for 2-year projects for travel and subsistence including a maximum of £2,000 for research expenses. Applications must be made through the International Exchanges – Standard Programme.

The application deadline is 13 June 2017. Further information can be found within the scheme notes and on The Royal Society International Exchanges webpage

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Saturday 24th June 2017

The Africa Food Prize (Yara International)

Aimed at help moving farming in Africa from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives, the Africa Food Prize was launched in Accra, Ghana in April 2016, and is a joint initiative by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Yara International. The USD 100,000 prize will recognise an individual/ institution whose contributions to African agriculture are forging a new era of sustainable food security.

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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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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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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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