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International Development Funding: Various Deadlines

A range of funding opportunities focusing on development-related activities in low and middle income countries, including those in Africa, are advertised by the UK Department for International Development (DfID) at

Royal Society Grants: Various Deadlines

The Royal Society provides a range of grant schemes to support the UK scientific community and foster collaboration between UK based and overseas scientists, including in Africa. Please note that they are unable to provide funding to Masters or PhD students. The schemes they do support include: Early career, Senior career, (established scientists), innovation (science) and industry, and industry, education (science education and public engagement), research and infrastructure (help purchase equipment and renovate laboratories), Capacity building (help build science capacity in Africa), as well as collaboration and travel schemes (to support international travel and joint research). Calls for grants can be viewed at

Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) Funding Opportunities: Ongoing

THET is a specialist global health organization that educates, trains and supports health workers through partnerships, strengthening health systems and enabling people in low and middle income countries to access essential healthcare. Details of open funding rounds under the Health Partnership Scheme can be found at

British Academy Grants: Various Deadlines

The British Academy provides a range of grants and fellowships to support research across the humanities and social sciences. Funding opportunities cover UK and international research from the postdoctoral level upwards, supporting the best ideas, individuals and intellectual resources. Visit for more information about the latest opportunities.

Carnegie Fund for Conference Attendance (CFCA)

The Carnegie Corporation on New York's board of trustees recently approved a grant for the Carnegie Fund for Conference Attendance (CFCA), a competitive fund to support African beneficiaries of Corporation-supported postgraduate degree and postdoctoral programs to present papers at major international conferences. A list of eligible Corporation-supported programs is attached. The fund will be managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Between 100 and 120 conference attendance awards will be made on a competitive basis by the end of 2016. A first call for applications was made by IIE by February 28, 2015. This is the second call, with a deadline for submission on October 30, 2015. Applicants must hold an academic appointment at an African university and must have completed a postgraduate degree or postdoctoral fellowship with substantial Corporation support or be a current Corporation-supported fellow in good standing. Inquiries regarding the fund can be sent to Supported programs eligible to participate in CFCA include: 

  • Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa- Doctoral fellows
  • Regional Initiative in Science and Education- MSc, MPhil, Doctoral, and Postdoctoral fellows
  • Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture- Doctoral fellows
  • King’s College/African Leadership Centre- Masters fellows
  • African Humanities Program- Doctoral and postdoctoral writing fellows
  • International Foundation for Science Collaborative Research Grants- Collaborative research grant recipients
  • Next Generation Social Sciences In Africa Fellowship Program- Doctoral fellows
  • University of Cape Town- Doctoral and postdoctoral fellows in civil engineering, economics, molecular and cell biology, and the Institute for Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine
  • University of Ghana- MPhil and doctoral fellows in biosphere sciences, computational sciences, and sociology and CAPREx postdoctoral fellows
  • Makerere University- Doctoral and postdoctoral fellows in humanities, social sciences, and food, nutrition, and value addition, and CAPREX postdoctoral fellows
  • University of the Witwatersrand- Doctoral and postdoctoral fellows in clinical medicine and global change and sustainability
  • Stellenbosch University African Doctoral Academy- Doctoral fellows

CODESRIA Strengthening Phd Programmes in African Universities: 21st august, 2015

Call for applications from research laboratories and doctoral schools in African universities to support research in the social sciences and humanities.The objective of this initiative is to restore and/or enhance the seminar culture within research laboratories, doctoral schools in African universities, while encouraging the use of multi and interdisciplinary approaches. Read the full details of the call at

CODESRIA Textbook Programme 2015

African researchers are invited to submit their textbook manuscripts to the Council. This programme is for senior scholars with a proven track record of academic achievement and a demonstrable knowledge of the domain in which they wish to produce a textbook. In selecting proposals, the Council will lay emphasis on the value which is likely to be added by the manuscript. Proposals can be submitted by single authors or by a team of contributors. Each textbook can be organized around a discipline, a body of disciplines, or a specific theme. The textbooks will cover the African continent, a sub-region or a specific country. All applications received will be reviewed by an independent selection committee and those selected will receive funding from CODESRIA. To be eligible under the 2015 Programme, all applications should reach CODESRIA no later than 26th August 2015. Further details available at:

Wellcome Trust International Engagement Awards: 11th September 2015

What? International Engagement Awards provide grants of up to £30,000 for up to three years.

Projects should:

stimulate dialogue about biomedical research and health and its impact on the public
promote innovative partnerships between community organisations, the cultural sector, and scientists/researchers
strengthen capacity to conduct future public or community engagement with biomedical research and health.
Projects that are not eligible for the scheme include health promotion or public health campaign projects, research projects, or projects that do not deal with biomedical sciences, health or the history of medicine.

Who? The scheme is open to a range of potential applicants, including scientists and health researchers, NGOs, educators, artists, theatre practitioners, and cultural and community organisations.

We encourage partnerships in all projects and suggest that scientist-led projects be planned in collaboration with partners in civil society or the creative industries.

Projects must either be led by, or in collaboration with, biomedical scientists or health researchers.

Where? The audience for the project, and the engagement activity, must be in a low- or middle-income country within Sub-Saharan Africa, South-east Asia or South Asia that is also eligible for our Investigator Awards within the broader remit of the Trust (but also including India). These are the countries marked with an asterisk on our LMIC country eligibility page.

How to apply?  Visit 11th September 2015.

EARF open research call on corruption in East Africa: 11th September 2015

The East Africa Research Fund (EARF) announces its first competitive call to conduct an 18 month research study into the factors that influence the propensity for poor people to engage in, resist and report corrupt transactions, in East Africa. The deadline for submission is Friday 11th September, 2015 at 1600 hrs. East Africa Standard Time. This research project will run for a total of 18 months starting from January 2016 to August 2017. For more information, visit

Newton Mobility Grant (Social Sciences and Humanities): 16th September 2015

The British Academy invites applications for the Newton mobility grants. These enable UK universities and research institutes to host international researchers in order to establish and develop collaborations around a specific jointly defined research project in any discipline within humanities and social sciences. Grants are worth up to £10,000 each for one year for Malaysia, Mexico and South Africa applicants, and up to £20,000 for Thailand applicants.
Award amount max: Not specified. Closing date: 5pm BST, 16th September 2015. For more information, visit

IDRC Call for research proposals – cities and climate change:18 Sept 2015

The International Development Research Centre research proposal call on cities and climate change will support research leading to policy-oriented results on adaptation to climate change in cities. The proposed research must take place in one or more of the following countries: Bangladesh, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mali, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Senegal, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Application deadline: September 18, 2015. For more information and to submit a proposal visit

Wellcome Trust Collaborative Awards in Science: 21 September 2015

Collaborative Awards provide flexible support to excellent groups of independent researchers with outstanding track records. Proposals must address important scientific problems that can only be achieved through a collaborative team effort. The Trust encourages applications which propose to carry out interdisciplinary research across our Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Innovations funding. Application closing date: 21 September 2015. See the Wellcome Trust's website for more information

Call for Proposals-Africa Centers of Excellence for Eastern and Southern Africa: 2 Oct 2015

In collaboration with the Governments of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the World Bank Group (WBG) and Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) are jointly launching a Call for Proposals for Africa Centers of Excellence (ACEs) for Eastern and Southern Africa. All proposals must be submitted electronically to the RFU through the government ministry responsible for higher education in their respective countries. The deadline for submission of proposals to the RFU by the respective governments is October 2nd, 2015. For more information visit

Wellcome Trust Seed Awards in science: 22 October 2015

The Wellcome Trust has opened the call for its Seed Awards in science.
The purpose of the scheme is to enable researchers to develop a novel idea to a point where it may compete for a larger award from the Wellcome Trust or from another source. Eligible activities include pilot studies, scoping studies, preliminary data gathering, proof-of-principle studies, planning sessions and meetings of collaborative networks. The Trust encourages applications for interdisciplinary research across its Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Innovations funding. The closing date for applications is 22 October 2015. See the Wellcome Trust's website for more information

Anthropology Dissertation/Fieldwork Grants: 1st November 2015

The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research invites applications for its dissertation fieldwork grants. These assist students of any nationality with doctoral or thesis research in anthropology. The research should demonstrate a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promise to make a solid contribution to advance these ideas.

Applicants must be currently enrolled for a doctoral degree and complete the application jointly with a dissertation supervisor or other scholar acting as the project’s supervisor.

There are no time limits on the duration of the grants, which may be worth up to US$20,000 each.


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