The Africa Research Excellence Fund is pleased to announce its second annual call for applications for AREF Research Development Fellowships.
The Fellowship is designed to enable talented, early-career African researchers to develop their own research ideas and specialist skills, to grow their research relationships through collaboration and mentorship, and to work towards a major funding proposal.
The aim of the Programme is to enhance the research competitiveness of early-career African researchers who have research leadership potential and are working on important challenges for human health in Africa.
The Fellowship is designed to enable talented, early-career African researchers to develop their own research ideas and specialist skills, to grow their research relationships through collaboration and mentorship, and to work towards a major research funding proposal. The Fellowship is designed to be a stepping-stone towards more substantial research funding.
To hold an AREF Research Development Fellowship, you will need to meet the following eligibility criteria;
1. be a national of a country in sub-Saharan Africa excluding South Africa;
2. be a post-doctoral scientist with a PhD, with up to 4-years of active research experience on 1 July 2016; or be an active clinician with a relevant Master’s degree and up to 3-years active research experience;
3. be working in an active research role at the time of applying, with a guarantee of employment with a university or other legally established research organisation in sub-Saharan Africa for the duration of your fellowship; and
4. submit the required documentation, including declarations from your home and host organisations detailing how they will support your development as a researcher, if you receive an award.
- be clinically and research active clinicians with a relevant Master’s degree and up to three years active research experience.
- Each AREF Fellowship will support a placement of up to nine months in a leading research organisation in Europe or South Africa.
- New this year is that the Fellowship provides an additional period of up to three months for preparation and re-establishment at the employing (i.e. home) organisation in Africa