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Wednesday 14th April 2021

African agriculture knowledge transfer partnerships: 2020 to 2021, round five

Innovate UK, GB, maximum award £125,000

UK registered higher or further education institutions, research technology research organisations (RTOs) or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £2 million to help fund an innovation project with another knowledge base and a business partner registered in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya or South Africa.

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered higher education or further education institution, RTO or Catapult
  • collaborate with another knowledge base partner and a business partner, both based in one of Republic of Ghana, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Republic of Kenya or Republic of South Africa.

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Thursday 15th April 2021

German-African research networks for health innovations in Sub-Saharan Africa call15/04/20321

Grants up to €70,000

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research invites applications for its German-African research networks for health innovations in Sub-Saharan Africa call. This supports collaborative projects between Germany and Africa on innovative health research. Projects may focus on health research, including biomedical, public health and health systems research. Proposals should address the following topics:

•public health and systems reserach for improved prevention and faster translation of therapy approaches into care or adapting existing approaches to local circumstances;

•research for therapy and prevention of diseases with a high disease burden in Africa or with special impacts to the health system;

•holistic research approaches;

•epidemiological research for collecting health data.

Projects that only focus on basic research are not eligible.

HEIs, research organisations and other institutions in Germany may apply. Consortia must involve between one and two German partners, and between two and eight partners from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Grants are worth up to €70,000 over six months.

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Tuesday 20th April 2021

EPFL Excellence in Africa Initiative

100 African PhD training

Switzerland’s federal technology institute EPFL is welcoming the first round of applications for a programme to train 100 African PhDs. 

Lausanne-based EPFL is offering the fellowships as part of its Excellence in Africa Initiative (EXAF).

Successful fellows will complete their PhDs at an African institution, but have the option to spend short periods in Lausanne or at Morocco’s Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, which co-hosts the EXAF programme.  

They will have two supervisors—one at their home institution and another at EPFL. 

The fellowships are offered in EPFL’s research focus areas, which range from biomedical imaging to space science. Applications are open for science and engineering graduates who are African nationals and who were awarded a master’s degree after 1 January 2018. 

They need the endorsement of a supervisor in the African country where they want to be based for their PhD. 

Successful applicants will get 80,000 Swiss francs (US$86,000) to cover a maximum period of 54 months. This funding can cover living expenses, tuition fees, research costs, travel and conference costs, and costs related to joint supervision.  

The deadline for applications is 20 April. Funding decisions will be announced in September.

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Friday 30th April 2021

Grant Opportunities: ASMEA Fourteenth Annual Conference

Grants for Research and Grants for Travel to Conference

The ASMEA Research Grant Program seeks to support research on topics in Middle Eastern and African studies that deserve greater attention. Applicants may submit paper proposals on any topic as long as it is relevant to the five qualifying topic areas outlined on our website and constitutes new and original research. Grants of up to $2500 will be awarded. Successful research grant applicants are required to present their research at the Fourteenth Annual ASMEA Conference and provide ASMEA the right of first refusal for potential publication in our peer-reviewed Journal of the Middle East and Africa.

Separately, ASMEA is offering Travel Grants of up to $750 which can be used towards the costs associated with attending the  Annual ASMEA Conference in Washington, D.C. 

Applicants can apply for both grants but will only be awarded one. The application deadline for both grants is April 30, 2021.

Attached to this email is a PDF copy of our Grant Opportunities flyer. I would be most grateful if you would arrange to have it displayed in the appropriate public spaces within your department or forwarded to interested faculty and students. Additional guidelines and information as well as the online application for the Research Grant, Travel Grant, Paper Proposals and Panel Proposals can be found on our website at

If you have any further questions about ASMEA, the Annual Conference, or any of our Grant Opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact us at 202-429-8860 or

Monday 10th May 2021

Senegambian Studies Group Virtual Conference

Mobility in the Greater Senegambian Region: Migrations, Politics, and Popular Culture Saturday, October 2, 2021 Held virtually

We are looking for papers from any discipline that engage in creative and insightful ways with the idea of mobility in Senegambian studies and in the Senegambian region (broadly understood to include not just Senegal and the Gambia but also Guinea-Bissau and Guinea-Conakry and parts of Mali and Mauritania).  We accept proposals both for individual paper submissions as well as for fully formed panels of no more than three papers (Note: not sure about this—I guess we need to discuss the parameters over email).

Please email paper proposals of no more than 250 words to Niklas Hultin (, Babacar M’Baye (, and Mariame Iyane Sy (  no later than April 10, 2021. Accepted presenters will be notified by May 10, 2021.

Monday 10th May 2021

2 PhD Opportunities,University of Bayreuth, funded by the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments

Research Group “The political economy of monetary and economic sovereignty in West Africa compared”

niversity of Bayreuth, funded by the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments, invites applications for Two Doctoral Researchers (m/f/d) in the Junior Research Group‘The political economy of monetary and economic sovereignty in West Africa compared’ . For more information on the call and how to apply:

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Sunday 30th May 2021


Scholars from the humanities, developmental and social sciences, among others, are hereby invited to

join in this comprehensive investigation of the history of Nigeria’s economic development since the

1800s, guided by the subthemes below.


a. Pre-1900: West Coast of Africa. How people lived and survived in that environment before 1900

b. 1900—1914 (From Colonization to Amalgamation)

c. 1914—January 1970 (From Amalgamation to End of the Civil war)

d. 1970—1985 (From End of the Civil War to End of National Planning Scheme)

e. 1985—2000 (Trial-and-Error Policies & Primitive Accumulation of Wealth)

f. 2000-2021 (Nigeria’s Economy in the New Millennium)

For more information:

Project Coordinators

Prof. Egodi Uchendu                  Prof. Sati Fwatshak 


Friday 31st December 2021

Cultural emergency and response programme

Prince Claus Fund, NL and other funders

The Prince Claus Fund invites applications for its cultural emergency and response programme. This supports first aid action to sustain cultural heritage threatened by natural disaster or conflict. Proposals must address concrete material needs, research missions for identifying cultural emergency relief actions, first aid training for salvaging culture or raising awareness about the damage to culture and heritage in an ongoing crisis.

Support is primarily given to people and organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.

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