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Monday 30th November 2020

Transforming systems through partnership

Royal Academy of Engineering, GB Up to £80,000

To solve today’s most pressing development and sustainability challenges, academics need to work with industry, government and the public to build trust, design appropriate solutions and scale their uptake.

Run by the Royal Academy of Engineering, supported by the Newton Fund and delivered in partnership with innovation agencies in six countries, the Engineering X Transforming Systems through Partnership programme will build engineering teaching, research and innovation capacity within partner countries' universities to collaborate with local stakeholders and UK academics in meeting local and global development challenges.

Call for Proposals

A call for grant funding proposals under this programme is now open and will now close on 30th November 2020 at 12:00 midday (UK time). Please read the two guidance documents carefully before starting your application. 

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Tuesday 1st December 2020

Harnessing data science for health discovery and innovation in Africa – ethical, legal and social implications research (U01 clinical trial not allowed)

NIH: Office of the Director, US

This supports research on the ethical, legal and social implications associated with a new data science for health discovery and innovation in Africa programme. Up to four awards, worth up to USD 400,000 each per year for up to five years, are available.

Maximum award: USD 2,000,000

Closing date: 01 Dec 20

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Tuesday 1st December 2020 NEW!

Fields-Perimeter Africa Institute postdoctoral fellowship

For new and recent African nationals PhDs working in mathematical sciences or fundamental theoretical physics

This fellowship is a unique position intended for new and recent PhDs who are African nationals working in the areas of mathematical sciences or fundamental theoretical physics. The goal of this initiative is to support the careers of young researchers who have a commitment to advance science in Africa. The fellowship will be for a fixed term of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
Perimeter’s areas of strength include strong gravity, condensed matter theory, particle physics, quantum fields & strings, quantum gravity, quantum foundations, quantum information, mathematical physics and cosmology.

The Fields Institute supports research in pure and applied mathematics, statistics, and computer science, as well as collaboration between mathematicians and those applying mathematics in areas such as engineering, the physical and biological sciences, medicine, and economics and finance.

While research interests for the selected fellow may dictate either Perimeter or Fields as a home institute, they will be encouraged to spend time at both institutes.

Applicants should submit a covering letter, curriculum vitae, and a description of their research interests, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent on their behalf. Applications can be made through . The annual deadline for applications to the Fields-Perimeter Africa Postdoctoral Fellowship is December 1 of each year . The covering letter should include a statement about the candidate’s interest in specific research programs at Fields or Perimeter, as well as names of faculty members at Fields, Perimeter, or Ontario universities with whom the candidate may be interested in working.


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Thursday 3rd December 2020 NEW!

2nd Annual Nigeria Tech Summit

Sponsored by the US Embassy of Nigeria, Follow link to register

The Global Startup Ecosystem returns with the 2nd annual Nigeria Tech Summit sponsored by the US Embassy of Nigeria and hosted in partnership with accelerator partners IBM Cloud, AWS, Google Cloud, DigitalOcean, Sendgrid, and more. The free program To take place on December 3, 2020 (9am-5pm EST) will feature 8 hours of live content, 100 speakers and partners, and 5000 attendees.

Earlier this year the Global Startup Ecosystem hosted Nigeria’s first and largest digital entrepreneurship accelerator in partnership with Forbes Magazine supporting 200 Nigerian SME/Startups.

This free live summit event will welcome hundreds of digital delegates from across Nigeria and around the world to discuss the future of employment, entrepreneurship, and education in Nigeria as the country faces its highest level of youth unemployment and civic unrest. Insights and initiatives leveraging tech and innovative inclusive ways to accelerate the future of Nigeria will be discussed.

Startups and SME Companies can submit applications to get pre training for the program directly via the website at Free general registration to access the program and live networking roundtables is here. 

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Friday 4th December 2020

Project grants - accessibility and migration

Kahame foundation, CH

The Kahane Foundation invites applications for its project grants. These support projects focused on accessibility, migration and integration, and social mobility. Projects focused on Europe, Turkey, the Middle East or North Africa are given priority.

Individuals, and projects in the fields of culture, art, nature or sports, are not eligible. One application per organisation is permitted. Applications must be submitted in English.

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Monday 7th December 2020

Postdoctoral research associate at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance – regional political economy

Princeton University, US

This supports research on the regional political economy in the Middle East, East, South or Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. Fellowships each include salary contingent on qualifications, applicable Princeton University benefits, a taxable moving allowance, and a USD 5,000 research fund.

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Monday 7th December 2020

Visiting fellowship programme at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance – regional political economy

Princeton University, US

This supports research on the regional political economy of the Middle East, East, South or Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America at the Niehaus Center. The fellowship is tenable for 10 months and includes salary, Princeton University benefits, a moving allowance, and a research fund worth USD 5,000.

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Tuesday 8th December 2020

Harnessing data science for health discovery and innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa) research hubs (U54 clinical trial optional)

NIH: Office of the Director, US

This supports the establishment of research hubs aimed at advancing data science-oriented health research and innovation in Africa and at supporting new partnerships that enhance the impact of such research. Awards are worth up to USD 1.3 million each per year for a maximum period of five years.

Maximum award: USD 6,500,000

Closing date: 08 Dec 20

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Friday 11th December 2020

Pursuing the co-benefits for Health and Environments through food system change

International Development Research Centre, INT,10 awards, worth CAD 10,000 each, are available.

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is pleased to announce a new Research Ideas Competition to promote health, sustainability and equity in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). The IDRC, a Canadian Crown corporation, funds research in developing countries to create lasting change on a large scale and supports local organisations in the Global South to generate the evidence that is relevant in their context. The IDRC is working with the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Faculty of Arts and Sciences to manage this competition and ensure scientific integrity, ethical oversight and inclusivity.
The goal of this competition is to inspire novel research ideas that aim to strengthen policy interventions, population health, environmental sustainability and/or health, gender and social equity in LMICs. These novel ideas are expected to deliver health and environmental co-benefits by addressing the interlinked nutrition and environmental challenges and knowledge gaps that impede shifts towards healthier and sustainable food systems. These ideas will promote a conceptual understanding of healthy and sustainable food systems and account for the practical realities of their implementation.

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Thursday 31st December 2020

Postdoctoral research fellowships

The Africa Health Research Institute invites applications for its postdoctoral research fellowships. These enable young scientists to engage in a period of uninterrupted research in the field of HIV or tuberculosis.

Applicants must have obtained their MD or PhD no more than five years prior to submitting their application. They must also have a track record of research, including first authorship on published papers or manuscripts in submission. A record of mentoring more junior researchers must also be demonstrated.

The fellowship period is one year, with the possibility of renewal.

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Thursday 31st December 2020

IMMANA career development fellowships for 6x 12 months Post Doc Fellowships for emerging research leaders

Concept notes to be submitted by 31 December 2020 and full application 1st February 2021

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Tufts University, the University of Sheffield, the London Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health, UK Aid and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, through the Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) programme, invite concept notes for their career development fellowships. These support emerging leaders who are applying or validating new methodological approaches with mentors in ongoing research programmes related to agriculture, nutrition and health research in low- and middle-income countries. Indicative topics include the validation and application of methods and metrics to measure and analyse:

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Tuesday 5th January 2021 NEW!

Doctoral scholarships, Trudeau Foundation | Fondation Trudeau, CA

Maximum award: CAD 180,000

These support doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences in taking part in a leadership programme. Scholarships are worth up to CAD 60,000 each per year for three years.

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Wednesday 20th January 2021

Education research in conflict and crisis – bilateral research chairs

Awards of up to £555,000 over three years are available.

The British Academy and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office invite proposals for their call on education research in conflict and crisis – bilateral research chairs. This supports bilateral partnership research chairs delivering a programme of institutional strengthening on education research in conflict and crisis. The call will help to enhance the ability of researchers and institutions to analyse, research and evaluate education practice in areas of conflict and crisis while developing the body of researchers and research in such contexts.

The bilateral research chair application must be submitted by a named applicant in partnership with two named institutions, at least one of which must be from institutions in the Middle East, eastern Africa, western Africa, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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Monday 1st February 2021

Prince Bernhard Nature Fund | Prins Bernhard Natuurfonds, NL

Project grants

These support projects that aim to help save critically endangered flora and fauna in developing countries, with a special focus on the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Grants are worth up to €20,000 each.

Maximum award: €20,000

Closing date: 01 Feb 21 (recurring)

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Monday 1st February 2021

Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions, GB

Maximum award: £54,000

Concept note submission by 31/12/2020

This workstream of the IMMANA programme is led by the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. It consists of annual rounds of 6 Fellowships each year. The application  portal will soon be open for the sixth round of funding. 

In each annual round, IMMANA will award six 12-month post-doctoral Fellowships to emerging leaders who are applying and/or validating new methodological approaches with mentors in ongoing research programmes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The Fellowship includes a research stipend, a travel allowance, and an honorarium for each of the mentors.

Eligible candidates have completed a doctoral degree in any field related to agriculture, nutrition or health research and practice.  

Fellows conduct their research in Africa or Asia under the joint supervision of two mentors, one from the applicant’s current or previous employer or academic institution, and one from a host institution where the applicant proposes to advance their work.

Fellows are selected through a competitive process by the Independent Panel of Experts. The review process is also overseen by the IMMANA Steering Committee, comprised of members from FCDO, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UKRI, USAID and CGIAR’s A4NH programme.


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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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