About Cambridge Africa

The Cambridge-Africa Programme has emerged from a number of individual, long-term, collaborations between Cambridge and African researchers.

Established in 2008, Cambridge-Africa is an umbrella programme at the University of Cambridge that comprises a range of proactive, coordinated, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary initiatives in Cambridge and Africa that help to strengthen research capacity and scholarship in African universities and research institutes.

Cambridge-Africa’s core aim is primarily achieved through the provision of training and mentorship for African researchers in Africa, and African PhD and postdoctoral fellowship visits to Cambridge. Cambridge-Africa also facilitates linking up between researchers in African and their colleagues in several Cambridge University Departments/Faculties/Schools, as well as key staff in Offices across the University of Cambridge (e.g. Research Operations, Development and Alumni Relations, External Affairs and Communications) to Africa, for sustainable, mutually-beneficial collaborations, networking, fundraising activities and communication. Other affiliated institutions such as the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the Babraham Institute and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) are strongly involved in the programme.

Our current coordinated initiatives are interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, extending across subject areas such as the social sciences and humanities, engineering, biological and health sciences, as well as research management and administration. The on-going initiatives are:

  • Wellcome Trust -sponsored Makerere-UVRI Infection & Immunity Training Programme (MUII) (2008-2020)
  • Wellcome Trust-sponsored Training Health Researchers in Vocational Excellence (THRiVE) (2009-2021)
  • Carnegie-sponsored Cambridge-Africa Partnership for Research Excellence (CAPREx) (2012-2019)
  • Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Trust Research Fund (2012-2026)
  • Wellcome Trust-Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research (WT-CCGHR) (2013-2019)
  • Cambridge-Africa PhD Scholarship Scheme (2015-2020)