2018 Call for Funding

Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund

The Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund was established in 2012, with generous support from The ALBORADA Trust. The Fund supports pairs of researchers (post-doctoral level and above) from the University of Cambridge (or an affiliated institution such as the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Babraham Institute and NIAB) and sub-Saharan African institutions, across all disciplines, to initiate and/or strengthen research collaborations. To date, more than 150 awards have been made, to enable Cambridge researchers to engage with African colleagues from 18 African countries (i.e. Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda and Zambia). Some awardees have been able to use the preliminary results from their seed fund / research collaboration to apply for and win significant funding (e.g. Royal Society/Leverhulme Awards, Global Challenges Research Fund, etc.).

A short film about the Fund (prepared to show appreciation to the funder) can be viewed here.

The Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund competitively awards grants of between £1,000 and £20,000, for:

  • research costs (such as reagents, fieldwork and equipment)
  • research-related travel between Cambridge and Africa
  • conducting research training activities in Africa (e.g. setting up courses/workshops).

Please read carefully the Terms & Conditions, including eligibility criteria, before applying. 

Template award letters can be viewed here.

Also note that the ALBORADA Research Fund cannot pay for researchers to attend conferences

How to apply

The online application form has been designed to allow both applicants (Cambridge- and Africa-based) to log in, update, save and eventually submit electronically. 

To access the form, the Cambridge based applicant must Register Here. Only applicants with,, and email addresses can register.

The Cambridge-based applicant must then log in to the ALBORADA Research Fund application form, where they will see the words "Invite a 2nd applicant to view/edit this submission". Click on this link in order to invite the Africa-based applicant to register and edit the forms.

If you are eligible to apply, but are unable to register on the page above, then please contact

If you have already registered, please Log In to access the form.

The deadline to submit an application for collaborative research funding is Monday 31st December 2018 but please be aware that the University of Cambridge is closed from 24th December to 1st January (inclusive) and we will not be able to answer queries during this period. It is therefore recommended that you submit on or before 21st December 2018.