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Friday 19th January 2018

Communications Manager


From either Cambridge, UK, or Nairobi, Kenya, you will lead and create innovative and impactful content for Africa's Voices projects as well as their external and internal channels. See more

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

KEMRI postdoctoral social scientist

Tow-year position starting in April 2018

This is a 2 year position in the first instance, seeking an experienced post-doctoral social scientist who will develop and run a programme of work around the social science and ethics of research involving Controlled Human Infection Models, in which researchers expose participants in a controlled way to specific disease pathogens to study processes of infection and immunity. This work will focus on research in Kenya initially but may later involve other international sites.
The ideal candidate will be from East African or Africa more widely, but we will consider other applicants with significant and relevant experience in Global Health in Africa. The post will be based at KWTRP in Kilifi and affiliated to Oxford University, including the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health and the Ethox Centre. The post is funded through the Global Health Bioethics Network.

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Tuesday 30th January 2018

Providing evidence to strengthen health systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)

Research Grants: (Applications for research grants will be subject to a 2-stage review process. Only those successful at the outline stage will be invited to submit a full application and final funding decisions will be made in October 2018). The duration of a research grant is usually up to 3 years, with a maximum duration of 5 years. Small and larger-scale projects are invited. As a guide, applicants should note there is approx. £4m available for Research Grants under this call. Funders would like to fund 5-10 projects.

Foundation Grants: (Applications for foundation grants will be reviewed at the October 2018 panel meeting following which funding decisions will be announced). The duration of foundation grants is between 12-18 months, with a maximum budget of £200k each. 

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Sunday 4th February 2018 NEW!

ARPPIS-DAAD PhD scholarships, icipe, Kenya

Three­-year doctoral training in insect sciences for development

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya, in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme and African university partners, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for PhD scholarships in the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS).

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Deadline for applications: 4th February 2018

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Sunday 4th February 2018 NEW!

ARPPIS-DAAD PhD scholarships for study at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya

Deadline for applications: 4th Feb 2018

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya, in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme and African university partners, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for PhD scholarships in the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS).

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Monday 19th February 2018

Mark Wainberg Fellowship Programme: Experts in HIV service delivery

Two-year fellowships to five clinicians from sub-Saharan Africa

Those gaining the fellowships will spend one year in Europe and one year in Africa at clinical institutions. The programme will offer in-depth training for clinicians committed to careers in HIV clinical service delivery in sub-Saharan Africa with the aim of strengthening access to high-quality services for sub-Saharan Africa populations, with a client-centred service delivery approach.

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Thursday 22nd February 2018

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program

2018 Call for Applications

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), a Canadian-based global organization, brings together 370 researchers from 18 countries to work in collaborative research programs that address some of the most complex challenges facing the world today. CIFAR is pleased to announce the 2018 Call for Applications to the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program: a new opportunity for exceptional early career researchers.

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars receive $100,000 CDN in unrestricted research support.
  • A two-year membership in a CIFAR research program, a global network of top-tier research leaders
  • Opportunities to network, collaborate and form a community with colleagues from a range of disciplines
  • Mentorship from a senior researcher within a CIFAR research program
  • Specialized leadership and communications skills training, and support to put skills into action.

Eligibility: 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 appointment. Scholars' research interests must be aligned with the themes of an eligible CIFAR research program. 

Deadline: Applications must be submitted before 22nd February 2018.

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Tuesday 27th February 2018

MRC/DFID African Research Leader scheme 2018

The African Research Leader Candidate – a rising star

Status: Open
Open date: 23 Nov 2017
Closing date: 27 Feb 2018 16:00 GMT

The MRC and the UK Department for International Development announce a further call for proposals for the prestigious African Research Leader awards.

This MRC/ DFID jointly funded scheme aims to strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by attracting and retaining exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high quality programmes of research on key global health issues pertinent to SSA. The African Research Leader (ARL) should be supported by an enthusiastic local research environment and by a strong linkage with a UK partner.

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Thursday 1st March 2018

King Baudouin Development Proze

Maximum award: €200,000

The King Baudouin African Development Prize rewards outstanding contributions to development in Africa, initiated and led by Africans. The Prize also seeks to draw public attention to the many inspirational stories, including challenges and successes, emerging from the African continent. The prize supports innovative development initiatives in Africa that have improved the quality of life and enable local communities to be involved in their own development. The prize is worth €200,000.

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Wednesday 21st March 2018 NEW!

British Ecological Society grants - Ecologists in Africa programme

From January 2018 Ecologists in Africa Grant will open twice per year.

Applicants must be citizens of an African country, have at least a masters degree and work at a research institution on the continent. Projects last for 18 months with funding of £8,000 (US$12,100). Researchers can apply for a further £2,000 for travel. Research must be conducted in Africa.
Projects can be in any area of ecology except for research solely on agriculture, forestry and bioprospecting.
Winners for the call will be announced in May.

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Monday 26th March 2018

Master's Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Wellcome Trust

This scheme provides junior researchers from low- and middle-income countries with the opportunity to gain research experience and training at Master's degree level. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.

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Saturday 30th June 2018

Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund Fellowships 2017/8

Call for applicants

The Biosciences eastern and central Africa - International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub, located in Nairobi, Kenya, is a shared agricultural research and biosciences platform that exists to increase access for African researchers to affordable, world-class research facilities. The mission of the BecA-ILRI Hub is “Mobilizing Bioscience for Africa’s Development” by providing a centre for excellence in agricultural biosciences, which enables research, capacity building and product incubation, conducted by scientists in Africa and for Africa, and empowers African institutions to harness innovations for regional impact.

The purpose of the ABCF fellowship program is to develop capacity for agricultural biosciences research in Africa, to support research for development projects that ultimately contribute towards increasing food and nutritional security and/or food safety in Africa, and to facilitate access to the BecA-ILRI Hub facilities by African researchers (and their partners). We seek applicants with innovative ideas for short to medium term research projects (up to 12 months) aligned with national, regional or continental agricultural development priorities that can be undertaken at the BecA-ILRI Hub.

The call mainly targets nationals of BecA focus countries (Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda). Under special partnership and collaboration arrangements, applicants from other African countries are considered for the fellowship. The applicant MUST be a researcher employed within NARS or with strong affiliation. Currently engaged in research in food and nutritional security or food safety in Africa, or in a research area with relevance to agriculture in Africa.

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Tuesday 16th October 2018

Horizon 2020 societal challenges

(Planned opening for applications 16/10/18 with applications deadline 23 January 2019)

Proposals shall assess and deliver better nutrition performance of African farming systems, strengthening the agro-biodiversity (and integrated aquaculture systems) and food diversity. They shall address innovative approaches in local food systems while covering technological, food safety, social and gender issues, and address sustainable postharvest technologies, including bio-based packaging, to reduce food waste along the post-harvest/consumer chain and plastic littering. Empowerment of small farmers (including aquafarmers) and processors benefitting rural areas leading to diversity of diets and improving food identity is essential. Food supply chains (conventional and organic) for both local urban markets and high value global markets shall be targeted. Proposals need to ensure the commitment and participation of a variety of partners established in the EU and in Africa, and shall establish relevant links with other projects involved in the EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security & Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA). Proposals should include a task to cluster with other projects involved in the EU-Africa R&I Partnership on FNSSA and with the cooperation platform established under SFS-32-2017.

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