As the TWAS-SAREP Coordinator, I wish to appeal to all academies of science, science councils, research institutions and universities in Africa to prioritise nomination of suitable candidates and further dissemination of the below opportunities. The regional partner is campaigning to increase the uptake of TWAS and related opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa and has identified your organisation as a suitable partner to effectively support this endeavour for the advancement of sciences in Africa. We will greatly appreciate your active involvement in nominating suitable candidates beyond disseminating these opportunities.
TWAS-SAREP urges you to position your members/ researchers/ collaborators and recognise their remarkable contributions to sciences. The administrators of these opportunities will be pleased to receive nominations directly from institutions in the system of innovation with recommendations written by principals for competitive advantage to other regions. Africa hosts most of the Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) in the developing world and it is our mandate as science organisations to improve this status, Stanley Maphosa: International & National Liaison Manager at the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and Coordinator of the TWAS Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP).
TWAS-CUI Postgraduate Fellowship Programme Deadline: 16 March 2020
The TWAS-CUI Fellowship Programme for Postgraduate Research offers fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to obtain all or part (sandwich or full-time) of their PhD in natural or social sciences. TWAS-CUI Postgraduate Fellowships are tenable in the departments and laboratories of the campuses of the COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI). CUI will provide a monthly stipend which should be used to cover living costs.
• SANDWICH Fellowships (for those registered for a PhD in their home country): The Fellowship may be granted for a minimum period of 6 months and a maximum period of 18 months.
• FULL-TIME Fellowships (for those not registered for a PhD in their home country): The Fellowship may granted for a period of up to 3 years. Candidates will register for their PhD in the relevant department at one of the campuses of CUI, Pakistan.
TWAS-CUI Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme Deadline: 16 March 2020
The TWAS-CUI Fellowship Programme for Postdoctoral Research offers fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in natural or social sciences. Fellowships are tenable in the departments and laboratories of the campuses of the COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) for a minimum period of 6 months to a maximum period of 12 months.
NIAID Study Phage Biology to Support Development of Bacteriophage Therapy Deadline: 18 March 2020
Apply for funds to better understand and evaluate bacteriophages and phage products used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. You must propose basic and/or translational research that could increase the overall knowledge base on therapeutic use of bacteriophage as products. You may request direct costs up to US$275,000 over 2 years.
TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences Deadline: 31 March 2020
Under this scheme, grants are awarded to promising high-level research projects in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics carried out by individual scientists or research units in one of the science & technology-lagging countries identified by TWAS. Research grants to individual scientists amount to a maximum of US$15,000, or US$30,000 to research units. The grants may be used to purchase scientific equipment, consumables, and specialized literature. Individual applicants must be nationals of developing countries. Applying research units must be led by a renowned researcher who is a national of a developing country.
Intra-Africa Mobility Grants for Junior Researchers Deadline: 31 March 2020
The AGNES Intra-Africa Mobility Grant and AGNES-PAWS Intra-Africa Mobility Grant enable doctoral students from sub-Saharan African countries to spend research stays of 1-2 months at a university/research institute in another sub-Saharan African country, where they will be collaborating with an experienced researcher. AGNES-PAWS is for female candidates (“Programme Advocating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics”, PAWS), and AGNES Intra-Africa Mobility Grant for Junior Researchers is for male and female candidates. A maximum Grant amount of EUR 2300 and EUR 3000 is earmarked for 1 and 2 months stays, respectively.
Excellence in Africa Junior Faculty Development Program Deadline: 31 March 2020
Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco and the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have launched the Excellence in Africa initiative with the aim of supporting the training of promising early-stage researchers in Africa. Funding is available for jointly designed research projects comprising an early-stage professor in Africa and an EPFL professor, and research projects will be implemented at African higher education institutions.
Mastercard Foundation RUFORUM Scholarships Deadline: 31 March 2020
Mastercard Foundation has partnered with RUFORUM to transform African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges through enhanced application of science, technology, business, and innovation for rural agricultural transformation. For the academic year 2020-21, 30 Master’s Scholarships are available, of which 50% will be for Kenya and Uganda nationals. Fifty percent of the scholarships will be awarded to female applicants. The scholarships are tenable at Egerton University in Kenya and Gulu University in Uganda.
OWSD PhD Fellowships Deadline: 31 March 2020
The Fellowship is offered to women scientists from science- and technology-lagging countries to undertake PhD research in the natural, engineering, and information technology sciences at a host institute in another developing country in the Global South. Candidates can choose between two study schemes:
• A full-time fellowship (maximum 4 years funding), where the research is undertaken entirely at a host institute in another developing country in the South.
• A sandwich fellowship, where the candidate must be a registered PhD student in her home country and undertakes part of her studies at a host institute in another developing country. The sandwich fellowship is awarded for 1-3 research visits at the host institute. The minimum duration of the first visit is 6 months. The total number of months spent at the host institute cannot exceed 20 months. The funding period cannot exceed 4 years.
Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) Vaccines Against Lassa Virus Disease Deadline: 7 April 2020
This call for proposals with CEPI is to support efforts to prepare and conduct a large-scale clinical trial that has the potential to achieve proof of concept and/or the demonstration of pivotal efficacy of novel candidate vaccines against Lassa virus. Applications must include a minimum of one clinical trial to be conducted in affected countries in sub-Saharan Africa to test the safety, immunogenicity, and/or efficacy of a candidate vaccine. The budget is €40 million to fund 1-2 grants.
National Geographic Early Career Grant Deadline: 22 April 2020
Early Career Grants are designed to offer less experienced individuals an opportunity to lead a project in the areas of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology. Grant projects last one calendar year or less and are typically funded for US$5,000 and cannot exceed US$10,000.
AWARDS AND CONTESTS
Deadline: 16 March 2020
TWAS provides nine awards of US$10,000 each in the following fields: agricultural sciences; biology; chemistry; earth, astronomy and space sciences; engineering sciences; mathematics; medical sciences; physics and social sciences. Candidates must be scientists who have been working and living in a
developing country for at least 10 years immediately prior to their nomination. They must meet at least one of the following qualifications:
• Scientific research achievement of outstanding significance for the development of scientific thought.
• Outstanding contribution to the application of science and technology to sustainable development.
Rolex Awards for Enterprise Deadline: 15 April 2020
The Awards for Enterprise are open to anyone over 18 years of age, of any nationality, whose ground- breaking project is helping to expand knowledge of our world and improve the quality of life on the planet. Candidates can apply in five areas: science and health, applied technology, exploration, cultural heritage, and the environment. Laureates each receive 200,000 Swiss francs to advance their projects as well as a Rolex chronometer.
World Food Prize Deadline: 1 May 2020
The World Food Prize is awarded for a specific, exceptionally significant, individual achievement that advances human development with a demonstrable increase in the quantity, quality, availability of, or access to food through creative interventions at any point within the full scope of the food system. Full nomination criteria are available here.
TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme Deadline: 18 May 2020
The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers who have obtained their PhD not earlier than 2015 and are from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a 'Cooperation Visit' to an institute in Germany. Such visits will have a duration of no more than three months and must be undertaken within 12 months of the award. All information, including the online application form, is available here: https://twas.org/opportunity/twas-dfg-cooperation-visits-programme
TWAS Young Affiliates 2020 (TWAS-SAREP) Deadline: 31 May 2020
The World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner wishes to invite you to nominate suitable candidates for the TWAS Young Affiliateship. Every year the five TWAS Regional Partners each select scientists to be Young Affiliates for a period of five years. During their tenure, Affiliates are invited to participate in TWAS general meetings and conferences as well as provide feedback to TWAS on how the Academy can respond to the needs of young scientists in developing countries. The idea of the Young Affiliateship is to give opportunities to young scientists who currently do not have them because they are based in Africa or elsewhere in the developing world. To be eligible, the nominated scientists must have PhD, be aged 40 or less on 1st January of the year in which they are selected, living and working in a
developing country for at least the past three years and have an excellent track record of at least 10 international publications in peer reviewed journals. Nominations are invited from TWAS and AAS fellows, Members of National Academies and fellows, Members of Young Academies of Science in the region, Research Institutions, Research Councils and Universities in the region. Self-Nomination is also acceptable. The nomination of women is encouraged. Access Nomination form here: TWAS Young Affiliates 2020 Form.
GCHERA World Agriculture Prize Deadline: 31 May 2020
The Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for the Agricultural and Life Sciences World Agriculture Prize aims to encourage the development of the mission of higher education institutions in education, research, innovation, and outreach in the agricultural and life sciences by recognizing the distinguished contribution of individuals to this mission. Two US$100,000 prizes will be awarded in 2020 with at least one recipient coming from a country NOT classified as having a developed economy.
2020 TWAS Fellowships
Deadline: 1 June 2020
Africa Food Prize Deadline: 1 June 2020
The Africa Food Prize is the preeminent award recognizing an outstanding individual or institution that is leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa—from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives. The US $100,000 prize celebrates Africans who are taking control of Africa’s agriculture agenda. It puts a spotlight on bold initiatives and technical innovations that can be replicated across the continent to create a new era of food security and economic opportunity for all Africans.
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