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Sunday 20th January 2019

ESRC postdoc opportunity: Hidden Narratives of Transnational Organised Crime in West Africa

As part of an exciting new ESRC project on 'Hidden Narratives of Transnational Organised Crime in West Africa,' the Universities of York, Ottawa and Ibadan are seeking to recruit a postdoctoral Research Associate. The Research Associate will be based at York and conduct fieldwork in Nigeria and Niger. Application deadline is 20 January 2019. More information on the project.

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Monday 21st January 2019 NEW!

Panel call for papers ECAS Africa: Connections and Disruptions

Re-making citizenship: new forms of social security and refuge beyond the state ECAS 2019: Edinburgh, 12-14 June 2019

How have people built communities of social security, economic opportunity, and political possibility beyond or despite state structures and borders? This panel examines historic and current translocal and diasporic networks and communities, and the forms of social security, investment, education, and community order they create to protect themselves from violent presents and uncertain futures.

The panel invites research papers (of 15 minutes), from the pre-colonial to the contemporary era, spanning citizenship, migration, history and diaspora studies, to explore (and deconstruct) what ‘resilience’ and ‘security’ can mean for people navigating violent political orders and multiple legal regimes, predatory armed powers, and societal or ecological disaster.

Part of a Volkswagen Stiftung funded project focused on “Identity, Nationality and Citizenship”, led by Mohamed A. G. Bakhit at the University of Khartoum, this panel invites researchers to discuss current and future research, new ideas and innovative methodologies.

For more information, please email Nicki Kindersley at To submit a paper proposal,  see more information link below.

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Friday 25th January 2019

SA-UK University Collaboration Grants Call

15 grants up to £10,000 for travel and subsistence and event operations

The British Council invites proposals for its South Africa-UK university collaboration grants under phase 2 of the University Staff Doctoral Programme. This enables partnership discussions and joint programme development in support of doctoral training for South African academics. The aim is to forge new links and partnerships and to strengthen existing links between South Africa and UK universities. This call is a preparatory phase for the USDP phase 2 proposal submissions where South Africa-UK universities will be required to submit their final proposals in support of doctoral training for academics at South African institutions. The primary output required of the collaboration grants call is to have a well-developed proposal produced ahead of the USDP phase 2 project proposals deadline.

All UK and South African universities may apply.

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Sunday 27th January 2019

Next Einstein Forum Fellowship

Apply to the Next Einstein Forum Fellowship for scientists and technologists to gain networks, exposure and mentoring. Deadline: 27 Jan.

The NEF Fellows is a select programme that recognises Africa’s best young scientists and technologists. These innovators and emerging leaders, at least 40 percent of whom are women, will have two main opportunities as a NEF Fellow
1. Advance their scientific career. NEF Fellows have a unique platform to:
Present their work at the NEF Global Gathering in the presence of leading scientists, journalists, industries and business people from around the world.
Gain exposure to a global audience of approximately 100 million viewers and readers worldwide.
Draw upon the vast networks of NEF members and participants for support, connections, and counsel to advance their work.
Develop mentoring relationships with leading scientists, policymakers, industry representatives and civil-society leaders
2. Inspire the next generation of African innovators. NEF Fellows participate in campaigns and events to encourage young people to pursue scientific careers.
The NEF Fellows programme consists of Africa’s most brilliant young scientists that the NEF showcases on the global stage. The NEF Fellows programme provides these brilliant young minds with the opportunity to present their research and draw upon the vast networks of NEF members and participants for support, connections and advice to advance their work. Applications to the NEF Fellows programme are open to Africans from around the world – including those who currently reside in the Diaspora – in all fields of science, including the social sciences and technology.
Each class of NEF Fellows is a unique and diverse group that is representative of a wide range of research interests, experiences and perspectives but united in their extraordinary achievements, dedication to a global understanding of science and passion to improve Africa’s representation on the global scientific stage.

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Thursday 31st January 2019

Medical Student Bursary for work in Africa

These support British medical students in spending a period of eight weeks working in hospitals in the beneficial area of Africa.

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Friday 1st February 2019

The Prince Bernhard Nature Fund

Grants up to €20,000 each

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

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Friday 1st February 2019

Preparatory Fellowships – Joint call with the Africa Research Excellence Fund

Funding for a 3 to 9 months placement at a centre of research excellence in Europe and sub-Sahara

The purpose of the AREF/EDCTP Preparatory Fellowship is to enhance the competitiveness of up and coming post-doctoral sub-Saharan African scientists and clinicians aspiring to receive international /regional /national fellowships or grant support, such as the EDCTP Career Development Fellowships.
The AREF/EDCTP Preparatory Fellowship targets outstanding early-career researchers residing in or wishing to relocate to sub-Saharan Africa who demonstrate independent scientific thinking and have potential to deliver locally relevant research with measurable impact and within the scope of the EDCTP2 programme.

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Tuesday 5th February 2019

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Programme

$100,000 CAD in unrestricted research support

CIFAR, a Canadian-based global organization, brings together nearly 400 researchers from over 16 countries who together are pursuing answers to some of the most complex challenges facing the world today. The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides funding, skills training, mentorship, and opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from diverse disciplines, positioning scholars as research leaders and agents of change.

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars receive:

$100,000 CAD in unrestricted research support
A two-year term in a CIFAR research program, a global network of top-tier research leaders
Opportunities to network, collaborate and form a community with colleagues from diverse disciplines
Mentorship from a senior researcher within a CIFAR research program
Specialized leadership and communications skills training, and support to put their skills into action
Applicants can be from anywhere in the world, must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and be within the first five years of a full-time academic research position (e.g. Assistant Professor level or equivalent). Scholars' research interests must be aligned with the themes of an eligible CIFAR research program. More Information

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Friday 8th March 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa Research Grants

Arts Collaboration, nine grants of £2,500 each

The British Council is aiming to increase connections between the UK creative sectors and young creative professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa. As well as building connections, we aim to expand knowledge of contemporary African art in the UK.

With this in mind, we are seeking expressions of interest from UK based arts organisations, curators or programmers working in any of the following art forms – Visual Arts, Literature, Music, Theatre, Dance, Architecture, Design, Fashion and Film – to travel to Sub-Saharan Africa to connect with the local contemporary art sectors, and undertake their own professional research to be shared with a wider UK sector in their chosen field. The trips should take place between April 2019 and March 2020.

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Sunday 31st March 2019

etwork on « School policies, schools and pupils in Africa from mid-19th C. to the end of the 1970s

We would like to set up a European research group on History of Education in Africa (19th-21st C.) through the AEGIS network. We believe that the History of Education brings a unique perspective to understand nation-buildings, imperialism, and the structuring of societies; and then the political, economical, social, and cultural dynamics of colonial
and post-colonial Africa. While outstanding researches do exist, we notice that the field of History of Education in Africa is not structured and lacks the stimulation of intensive scientific discussions. That is why we need to foster international collaborations.
The first step to organize this research network will be a workshop held in Paris in March-April 2019. The second step will be a structuring panel at the Edinburgh ECAS conference in 2019. 

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