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Saturday 24th November 2018

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS, ROUND 5: Innovation for WASH in urban settings

Grand Challenges Africa

This request for proposals represents a partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, Arm and The African Academy of Sciences. At The AAS, this request for proposals is funded in partnership with the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

African entrants located in African organizations should apply through The African Academy of Sciences' Grants Management system portal (click here for The AAS Ishango Portal) Entrants located throughout the rest of the world should apply through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation portal (click here for BMGF GCE Portal).

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Friday 30th November 2018

Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study fellowships

Fellowships that enable individuals or teams to take up residencies at the institute in any discipline.

Stellenbosch University, via the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, invites applications for its fellowships. These enable individuals or teams to take up residencies at the institute in any discipline. The programme encourages the cross-pollination of ideas across cultures, academic environments or otherwise, and gives preference to projects that benefit from a multidisciplinary discourse while also contributing with unique perspectives to such a discourse.

Individuals, or teams with typically three to five participants, may apply. No restriction is placed on the country of origin, discipline, or academic affiliation. Projects should have relevance for South Africa and Africa as a whole.

Friday 30th November 2018 NEW!

Machel-Mandela internship Brenthurst Foundation, ZA

The Brenthurst Foundation is again accepting applications from young graduates for the Machel-Mandela Fellowship Programme, named in honour of former South African President Nelson Mandela and his wife, Graça Machel. Entry into the Programme is a highly competitive, with the overall aim being to help nurture Africa’s future leaders.

Details: The Fellowship runs full-time for a minimum of six months and is open to both South African and international candidates, with the selected candidate expected to take up the appointment at the Foundation’s headquarters in Johannesburg in April 2019. Fellows will work directly with and assist the Foundation’s staff on a range of projects and activities, some of which will require foreign travel.This enables graduates to take up an appointment at the foundation’s headquarters in Johannesburg, where they will work with staff on a range of projects and activities. The internship includes a monthly stipend and complimentary accommodation for a minimum of six months.

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Friday 30th November 2018 NEW!

Public revenue mobilisation for inclusive development and turning the tide on inequality in South Africa

World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University, INT

This supports detailed economic analysis and research of topics in domestic revenue mobilisation and inequality. Funding is worth up to USD 20,000.

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Saturday 1st December 2018

Postdoctoral research and teaching fellowship

The University of Virginia

The University of Virginia, on behalf of the Carter G Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, invites applications for its postdoctoral research and teaching fellowship. This supports research and teaching on Africa or the African diaspora.

Applications are open to qualified candidates without restrictions to citizenship or current residence. Applicants must have completed all requirement for the PhD except the dissertation prior to 1 August 2018. They may not apply for the Woodson predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in the same year. Fellows must be in residence at the university for the duration of the award period, participate in a series of workshops and present their work periodically to the larger academic community.

The fellowship is worth USD 24,000 per year for two years and also covers health insurance.

Saturday 1st December 2018 NEW!

Visiting research fellowships University of East Anglia, GB

The University of East Anglia’s Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania & the Americas invites applications for its visiting research fellowships. These support research for publication on the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

Scholars in relevant humanities and social sciences fields, such as anthropology, art history, archaeology, history and related disciplines, may apply. Applicants must hold a doctorate or equivalent degree and be undertaking research for publication on a relevant subject. Advanced doctoral candidates may be considered. Fellows must reside in Norwich for the duration of the fellowship.

Two fellowships, normally for a period of three months coinciding with autumn and spring terms, are available. Funding covers return travel costs worth up to £750 and a weekly stipend of £396. Fellows are provided with an office in the Sainsbury Centre, equipped with a university networked PC and printing facilities, and have access to the Robert Sainsbury library.

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Monday 3rd December 2018

Global Social Venture Competition

Applications for the 2019 Competition are due on December 3, 2018.

Teams may only apply through one regional competition. Teams should select their country based on where the majority of team members reside and are working on the business (for example, if you are a current student at UC Berkeley, but working on a business idea in India, please select the United States as your country and apply through the Americas Round). Each regional competition will conduct the judging and evaluation process for the first two rounds. Up to two teams will be selected from each regional round to compete at the Global Finals.

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Wednesday 5th December 2018

TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme

In collaboration with UNESCO and a number of centres of excellence in the South, TWAS has instituted a Joint Associateship Scheme to enable competent researchers from the South to visit these centres regularly. An associate is appointed for three years during which he/she can visit a Centre twice for research collaboration. Almost 300 centres have been selected to participate in the Scheme.

TWAS provides travel support for the associates and a contribution towards subsistence costs up to USD300.00 per month while living expenses are covered by the host centres. Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree. The selection of associates is highly competitive; appointments are made on the basis of merit. Special consideration is given to scientists from isolated institutions in developing countries. Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply.

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Thursday 6th December 2018 NEW!

Local authorities – partnerships for sustainable cities

Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (EuropeAid), EU

This promotes integrated urban development through partnerships built among local authorities in accordance with the 2030 agenda on sustainable development. Grants are worth between €2 million and €5m, covering at least half of the total project costs.

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Friday 4th January 2019 NEW!

Sassoon fellowships in South Asian and Black history

University of Oxford, GB

The Bodleian Libraries Visiting Fellows Programme
The Libraries encourage research that makes use of Bodleian Special Collections, an outstanding resource for scholarly study and discovery, containing rare printed books, classical papyri, medieval and renaissance manuscripts, literary, political and historical papers, archives, printed ephemera, and maps and music in both manuscript and printed form. Fellowships offer scholars the opportunity to undertake an uninterrupted period of research with the Bodleian collections. The awards are intended for scholars who hold a doctorate at the time of application or have attained equivalent experience in employment in higher education or research (e.g., holding a curatorial post in a museum or library).

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Monday 7th January 2019 NEW!

Commonwealth Grants

Strengthening the ability of civic voices to engage with governments

The Foundation offers grants of up to £200,000 over four years in support of innovative project ideas and approaches that seek to strengthen the ability of civic voices to engage with governments and that have the potential to improve governance and development outcomes through their active participation.

All proposals must ensure that the cross cutting theme of gender is mainstreamed throughout the project.

Preliminary applications for the 2018/2019 call will be accepted from 1 November 2018 at 12pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The deadline for preliminary applications is 7 January 2019 at 5pm GMT.

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Wednesday 9th January 2019 NEW!


up to USD 50,000

For more than 50 years, the National Geographic Society has supported exploration into the evolution of humankind. Our grants have led to hundreds of new discoveries in paleoanthropology, paleolithic archaeology, molecular anthropology, and paleoecology that have fundamentally changed the understanding of our own species. As we consider that legacy, we look to those areas of the planet where little is known about human origins, and we seek to invest in new ideas, projects, and explorers in and from these regions. The goal of this fund is to encourage further investigation of hominid evolution in Africa and Asia, with preference given to projects in relatively unexplored parts of those continents. Preference will also be given to applicants who are residents or citizens of the country of fieldwork, as well as to projects with strong local capacity development components.

This encourages more investigation of hominid evolution in Africa and Asia, with preference given to projects in relatively unexplored parts of those continents. Applicants may request up to USD 50,000, although grants are typically funded for less than USD 30,000.

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Sunday 13th January 2019

Visiting fellowships and visiting research fellowships, University of Oxford

The University of Oxford, under the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, invites applications for its visiting fellowships and visiting research fellowships. These enable scholars from around the world with an academic interest in the Islamic world to visit the centre for the duration of the academic year. The following fellowships are available:

•Abdul Aziz Al-Mutawa and Muhammad Bin-Ladin visiting fellowship for postdoctoral or equivalent level academics with an established record in their discipline to do research in any area of the arts, humanities, or the social sciences that has relevance to the study of Islam or the Muslim world – worth £5,000;

•Imam Bukhari and Imam Tirmizi visiting research fellowships for citizens of countries in Asia or Africa, with preference given to those working in classical Islamic sciences, to encourage interaction among academics from various traditions of learning – worth £4,000.

Applicants will normally be early career or post-doctoral academics from Asia or Africa. An academic affiliation is not a necessary requirement.

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Thursday 31st January 2019 NEW!

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 NEW!

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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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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