The CAPREx Programme

CAPREx (Cambridge-Africa Partnership for Research Excellence) is a partnership between three universities: the University of Cambridge, UK; Makerere University, Uganda; and the University of Ghana, Legon. It aims to strengthen Africa's capacity for sustainable excellence in research, through close collaborative work with the region's most talented individuals.

CAPREx offers postdoctoral fellowships whereby academics from partner institutions can develop the skills, networks and vision to become internationally competitive, successful researchers. 

CAPREx received funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, $2.2 million (2012 - 2019) and Isaac Newton Trust £179K (2012- 2016). Funds for the fellows research projects were donated by the ALBORADA Trust.   

CAPREx Partner Websites:

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University of Ghana, Legon
Makerere University, Uganda


1) One-year postdoctoral research fellowship: (ongoing)

  • Technology, arts, social sciences & humanities (Makerere University) 
  • Biological, physical and health/medical sciences (University of Ghana, Legon)

Academic fellows visit Cambridge for between 1 and 6 months to work with Cambridge academics on a collaborative research project. Details of current and previous Research Fellows can be found on the CAPREx Fellows webpages.

2) Research management fellowships: (these have now ended) 

Previously, African research managers or administrators visit were able to visit the Research Operations Office in Cambridge for training and skills development. More information can be found on the Research Management Training webpages.

Any enquiries about the CAPREx project can be directed to

CAPREx Funders


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