Funding opportunities

We are pleased to forward a weekly digest of opportunities of potential interest to you and your network. Note new opportunities this week and extended deadlines. Click on the weblinks for more details on the respective fellowships, grants and awards, scholarships and training opportunities, call for papers and travel grants; and online resources and distance learning.


  • FORMAS Mobility grants for early-career researchers 2020. The aim is to encourage researchers who have recently completed their doctor degree to visit new research environments and get the chance to make new contacts, learn new tools, explore research issues with a new direction and expand their networks.The host organisation or organisations may be located outside or within Sweden. Formas funds research within the fields of environment, agricultural sciences and spatial planning and preferably for inter- and transdisciplinary research questions. Duration: 24-48 months. Eligibility:Researchers who have obtained their PhD between 1 January 2017 and 1 September 2020. Mobility grants for early-career researchers may only be administered by a Swedish university, college or other Swedish public organization. Deadline 28 April 2020
  • (NEW) David Hopper Prizes for Leadership in Research for Developmentare awards for outstanding achievement in the field of international development, bestowed in memory of IDRC’s first president. The prizes are intended to recognize two individuals for whom IDRC support has been foundational to their careers and whose sustained original thought and leadership have led to significant positive societal impact within a development context. The application process is by nomination only; an institution must nominate a candidate.Amount: Two prizes of CAD 50,000 each. Program areas:Agriculture and Environment, Inclusive Economies, Technology and Innovation. Deadline: 29 April 2020
    TWAS-Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Award recognizes women scientists from Scientifically and Technologically Lagging (STL) countries. It carries a cash award of USD4,000. Nominations for the 2020 award are invited in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Engineering Sciences. Eligibility: Nominees must be female scientists national of a ST-lagging country and have been living and working there for at least two years immediately prior to their nomination.Deadline: 30 April 2020
  • TWAS─Abdool Karim Award in Biological Sciences is designed to honour women scientists in Low Income African countries for their achievements in Biological Sciences. It carries a cash award of USD5,000. Eligible nominees are female scientists national of a low-income African country who have been living and working there for at least two years immediately prior to their nomination. Deadline: 30 April 2020
  • The OWSD Early Career Fellowship is a prestigious award of up to USD 50,000 offered to women who have completed their PhDs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and are employed at an academic or scientific research institute in one of the listedScience and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs). The OWSD Early Career fellows are supported to establish environments at their institutions where they can maintain an international standard of research and attract scholars from all over the world to collaborate.Eligibility: Applicants must have been resident in one of the eligible countries for at least 5 years. At the time of application, applicants must be already employed at the university or research institute where the research project will be carried out. The university/institute must be in one of the eligible countries.Deadline: extended to 30 April 2020
  • AJ-CORE (Africa-Japan Collaborative Research) 1st Joint Call. The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) is accepting proposals for collaborative research projects under the framework of AJ-CORE (Africa-Japan Collaborative Research) in the field of "Environmental Science". Participating countries are Japan, South Africa an Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) African countries (Botswana, Burkina​ Fa​so, Côte d'Ivoire​, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe). Organizations of Japan, South Africa, Burkina Faso and Senegal have declared their funding to the 1st call. Eligibility: Consortiums of Japanese, South African and SGCI country PIs.Applications only possibly through JST and NRF. Amount: Max 18 mill JPY for 3 years for Research networking and exchange projects. Deadline: extended to 30 April 2020
  • NWO Talent Programme - 2020 Vici round is now open for pre-proposals. This funding scheme gives senior researchers the opportunity to build up their own research group, often in anticipation of a tenured professorship. The research group must become structurally embedded in the research institution. Eligibility: Researchers who obtained their PhD no more than 15 years before 1 March 2020.Researchers working at a foreign institution are eligible to apply. If awarded, the project must be carried out at a Dutch institution recognised by NWO. Amount: Max. Euro 1.5 million for 5 years.The Vici competition will be assessed by four committees corresponding to the NWO domains: Social Sciences and Humanities, NWO-Science domain,Applied and Engineering Sciences, and Health Research and Development. Deadline extended to 30 April 2020
  • (NEW) ILO Skills Challenge Innovation Call - Finding solutions to skills mismatch. A good solution to address skills mismatch takes both the supply and demand sides of the labour market into consideration. It seeks to connect the two sides and develop a more holistic solution in the process. ILO with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs invite innovation ideas or solutions. Benefits: USD 50,000 in financial support; six-month innovation lab and technical support; joining the ILO Skills Innovator Network. Deadline: 30 April 2020
  • Nestlé Foundation. Entry level research grants can support a small research project such as a PhD thesis project with up to USD 20,000. PhD students have to submit a letter of intent together with their thesis advisor & mentor. Detailed, evidence-based information about the public health relevance of the project as well as its immediate impact and sustainability must be included in the letter of intent. Priority is on human nutrition research issues dealing with maternal and child nutrition, including breastfeeding and complementary feeding, macro- and micronutrient deficiencies and imbalances, interactions between infection and nutrition, and nutrition education and health promotion. Deadline: Letter of intent can be submitted any time. Deadline: Proposals are evaluated twice a year by 10 January and 10 May
     TWAS-CAS Young Scientists Award for Frontier Science.This newly established award will recognize scientists not older than 45 who are living and working in a developing country. The first edition of the award will recognize achievements in the physical sciences, including physics and chemistry.Award amount: USD 10,000. Deadline: 15 May 2020
  • TWAS─Atta-ur-Rahman Award in Chemistry This annual award, sponsored by the Searle Company Ltd, is given to a chemist not older than 40, national of a Scientifically and Technologically Lagging (STL) country, who has been living and working there for a minimum of two years immediately prior to his/her nomination. The award is worth USD 5,000. Deadline: 15 May 2020
    (NEW) UG Nestlé PhD Scholarships for Research ExcellenceThe University of Ghana has received a grant from Nestlé to support PhD students in conducting interdisciplinary research in the broad areas of Food and Nutrition Security, and Climate Change. Eligibility: Ghanaian nationals or permanent residents; First or Second year PhD students in a discipline closely related to the defined research themes (e.g. Food Science, Nutrition, Food Process Engineering etc).The grant will provide support for tuition, research costs and stipend starting from the 2020/2021 academic year.Deadline: 15 May 2020
  • (NEW)  ETH4D Research Challenges: Special call to respond to COVID-​19 outbreak on the African continent  The goal is to support project-based research between ETH Zurich researchers, practitioners (i.e. from the private sector, NGOs, governmental organisations) and partners from low- and middle-income countries. The research questions for this special call must help to address the prevention of a spread of an infectious disease in African countries or help to mitigate the negative impact of a pandemic/epidemic on people’s health or livelihoods living on the African continent. The objective of ETH4D Research Challenges must be the development, testing, evaluation or implementation of an innovative product, policy or service – involving a technology (as part of the solution or as part of the research). All academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Amount: CHF 10,000-50,000 over 6-18 months. 50% match funding required. Deadline: 17 May 2020
  • TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a three-month ‘Cooperation Visit’ to a research institute in Germany. Such visits must be undertaken within 12 months of the award.DFG will cover health insurance, travel expenses and provide subsistence costs for the stay in Germany. Eligibility: PhD obtained not earlier than 2015; sub-Saharan African nationals; hold a research position in SSA; not be a previous recipient; all academic fields. Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply. Deadline: 18 May 2020
  • Aquatic Pollutants transnational research and innovation call. The main applicant and co-applicants must have doctoral degrees. Grants can be given to researchers at Swedish universities, university colleges or research institutes with research assignments. Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SIDA, support the participation of researchers from low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and other sub-Saharan African countries where Sweden has bilateral development cooperation. Only proposals addressing aspects of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including resistant pathogens, resistance genes and antibiotics and other antimicrobial substances, under any of the themes and subthemes defined in the call are eligible for funding. Amount: Euro 300,000 or 500,000. Deadline for pre-proposals: extended to 18 May 2020 
  • Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme 2020.EACEA/07/2020.  The present Call is open to the following thematic fields of study: Agriculture and Food Security; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT); Economics, business, finance; Education Sciences; Health Sciences; Environment.  Specific objectives are to:  increase the employability of students; improve the quality of higher education in Africa and its relevance to Africa's development vision; strengthen the modernisation and internationalisation of African higher education institutions, and promote the development of an African higher education and research space. Mobility of students and staff between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is expected to help them acquire stronger knowledge and skills and contribute to improve the quality and relevance of teaching and learning through exchanges of practices. Eligibility: Consortium of 4-6 HEIs, with African lead, members from min. 3 African regions and EU technical partner.  Duration: 60 months. Deadline: 19 May 2020
    Green Talents Competition of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research brings together young researchers from around the world who are engaged in excellent interdisciplinary work on environmental topics. Are you an up-and-coming scientist with innovative ideas and a strong focus on sustainable development? Does your research have the potential to change the world? Convince the high-ranking expert jury and become one of the 25 Green Talents of 2020! Selected by a jury of German experts, the award winners are granted unique access to Germany’s research elite. The jury look at an individual’s research potential and their passion for what they do and where we think this might take them some day. Benefits: Fully funded participation at 2-week science forum in Germany and up to 3-month research stay in Germany the following year. Eligibility: Enrolled or a degree (master’s/PhD) completed no more than three years ago; max 3 years professional work experience; Strong focus on sustainable development and an interdisciplinary approach in any field of sustainability research; excellent command of English; Significantly above-average grades; Not a German citizen nor a resident of Germany. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form the framework for this year’s competition and applicants must indicate, which SDGs their research is contributing to. Deadline: 19 May 2020
  • (NEW) RUFORUM Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) Research Grants - The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), with funding from Carnegie Cooperation of New York invites applications for PhD research grants. The research supported through these grants should as much as possible have a participatory action research approach, working closely with a range of stakeholders and thus contributing to the RUFORUM mission of linking universities more closely with rural communities and with research, extension, development and policy-making agencies. Eligibility: Applicants must be registered at a PhD Programmes in one of the 126 RUFORUM Network universities as Graduate Teaching Assistant and must have completed and passed their course work before the grant can be awarded. All the PhD Programmes in the RUFORUM Network universities are Eligible. Female Graduate Teaching Assistantship candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Duration: 2 years. Amount: The grants will support only research and will not cover tuition fees or stipend for the students. Applications to be submitted via RUFORUM member universities after internal review. 42 Research grants available. See guide for applicants. Deadline: 20 May 2020
  • (NEW) RUFORUM Post- Doctoral Fellowships in African universities for former RUFORUM-Carnegie supported doctoral alumni. The Doctoral qualification should not be older than 3 years and women are specifically encouraged to apply. The applicant would need to be attached to a RUFORUM University faculty. The goal of this call is to increase high retention rate of these graduates in Africa to help strengthen African universities and research institutions to meet the growing demand for higher education and research for creating knowledge and prosperity in the continent. The proposal should clearly articulate how the fellow plans to integrate postgraduate students (Masters and PhD) who will be part of the research team.Amount: Budget ceiling is USD 60,000, including monthly stipend of USD 1200 for 22 months, research funds, mentor support and university administrative costs. 8 fellowships available. See guide for applicants. Deadline: 20 May 2020
  • (NEW) RUFORUM Post- Doctoral Fellowships with Uganda National Agricultural Research Organisation. The focus of the programme is on rigorous, intensive agricultural research training relevant to Africa, and research projects will be carried out in Uganda. Research projects focusing on any aspect of Horticulture (Oil Palm or tomato research), Beans or root crops (cassava or sweet potato) will be considered. The Fellowships will allow for sandwich attachments to NaCRRI and Makerere University. The proposal should clearly articulate how the Fellow plans to integrate postgraduate students who will be part of the research team. Amount: Budget ceiling is USD 60,000, including monthly stipend of USD 1200 for 22 months, research funds, mentor support and administrative costs. 2 fellowships available. Application to include recommendation endorsement from institution of employment and prospective Mentor at Makerere and/or NaCRRI. See guide for applicants. Deadline: 20 May 2020
  • (NEW) GSMA Innovation Fund for Driving Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), BMZ, the GSMA and its members and are now open for applications. Funded projects will focus on innovations that overcome a number of the barriers to mobile internet adoption including Accessibility, Affordability, Digital Skills and Safety and Security, and will look to demonstrate commercially sustainable models that can be scaled and replicated in similar environments. Eligibility: Start-ups and SMEs from Sub-Saharan Africa or Asia. Amount: GBP 100,000-250,000 over 15-18 months starting in January 2021. 50% match funding required. Deadline: 22 May 2020
    Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowships are for talented African early career researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their field. These fellowships provide the opportunity to build an independent research career in a sub-Saharan African institution and to undertake cutting-edge scientific research that will address global challenges facing developing countries.Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. Eligibility: Sub-Saharan African nationals; holder of PhD; early career researcher (2-8 years of experience); in SSA research institution; with scientific research proposal aligned with the scheme notes. Amount: Up to GBP 150,000 per year for 2 years from 1 April 2021. Approximately 30 fellowships will be awarded. Deadline: 27 May 2020
  • iF Social Impact Price aims to publish and support projects that contribute to our society. Amount: up to Euro 50,000. Deadline: open. Decisions twice a year by 27 May and 19 November 2020
  • 2021 Rolex Award for Enterprise  Part of Rolex's Perpetual Planet initiative, the Awards support individuals seeking solutions to humankind’s most pressing challenges. The Awards are open to anyone 18 and over, whose pioneering project expands knowledge of our world and improves the quality of life on the planet. Candidates can apply in five areas: science and health, applied technology, exploration, cultural heritage and the environment.Amount: 200,000 Swiss francs. Deadline: extended to 31 May 2020
  • Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) PhD Training Fellowships for Women Scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries. Eligibility: The Fellowship is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) to undertake PhD research in the Natural, Engineering and Information Technology sciences at a host institute in the South. Candidates must confirm that they intend to return to their home country as soon as possible after completion of the fellowship. Option of full time or sandwich study scheme. Deadline: extended to 31 May 2020
    TWAS Young Affiliates 2020 (TWAS-SAREP). The World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner invites nominations for suitable candidates for the TWAS Young Affiliateship. Benefits: Affiliates are invited to participate in TWAS general meetings and conferences free of charge as well as provide feedback to TWAS on how the Academy can respond to the needs of young scientists in developing countries. Duration: 5years. To be eligible, the nominated scientists must have PhD, be aged 40 or less, living and working in a TWAS Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner 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. The nomination of women is encouraged. Deadline: 31 May 2020
  • GCHERA World Agricultural Prize: Two USD 100,000 prizes will be awarded in 2020 each to an individual academic/faculty member from a higher education institution in recognition of the academic/faculty member’s life time achievements working in the disciplines relating to the agricultural and life sciences – including but not limited to agriculture, forestry, natural resources, food, bio-based products, bioenergy, rural development and the environment. At least one recipient will be from a country NOT classified as having a developed economy. Deadline: 31 May 2020
  • IsDB Call for Innovation via Transform Fund 2020 Enhancing Member Countries Preparedness and Response to COVID-19 Pandemic with focus on 1)The application of advanced technology including such as IoT, Big Data, blockchain and Artificial Intelligence to track and monitor the spread of COVID-19 and other emerging Infectious diseases for improved diseases surveillance systems and patient care;   2) Innovative health supply chain management systemspowerful search engine of medical supplies, new Biosafety Laboratory Level-3 Design technology and biocontainment;  3) Development of Low-cost rapid tests and screening methods such as Point-of-Care rapid tests, molecular tests and diagnostic test quality, for early detection, diagnostic, treatment and prevention solutions including vaccine production for COVID-19 and future emerging highly infectious diseases;and 4) Capacity building interventions targeted at improving operational capacities of health care providers in the field of epidemiology and infection control management of highly pathogenic cases, such as training, deployment of software applications, awareness campaigns, service delivery or research centres. 4 categories of applications with grants or equity amounts ranging from USD 50,000 to USD 1 million.  Deadline: 1 June 2020
  • Solutions for Women – the global tech challenge – The World Bank Group – CES will reward scalable, innovative solutions that seek to empower women in four areas:  1) Platform, 2) Digital skills; 3) Online content and 4) Enhancing digital access.  Winners to be announced at CES 2021 planned in Las Vegas, USA in January 2021. The challenge is open to all eligible for-profit and public interest organizations that are currently in the process of scaling solutions to bridge the gender digital divide.  Deadline: extended to 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.  Deadline: 1 June 2020
  • TWAS-SN Bose Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme. The S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Science in Kolkata, India, and TWAS have established a fellowship programme for foreign scholars from developing countries who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in physical sciences. Duration: 6-12 months. Eligibility: Developing country national, employed as researcher, below 45 years, Hold a PhD degree in physics, mathematics or physical chemistry.Deadline: 1 June 2020
  • TWAS-SN Bose Postgraduate Fellowship Programme TWAS and the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences in Kolkata, India have agreed to offer fellowships to young foreign scientists from developing countries who wish to pursue research towards a PhD in physical sciences. Eligibility: Developing country national, below 35 years, MSc degree in physics, mathematics or physical chemistry. Deadline: 1 June 2020
  • TWAS-NCP Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme. For young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in physical sciences in departments and laboratories of the National Centre for Physics (NCP) in Islamabad. Duration: 6-12 months. Research areas: Plasma Physics, High Energy Physics, Quantum Information, Applications of Ion Beam Techniques using Tandem Accelerator (5MV), Earthquake Studies, Atomic Physics & Spectroscopy, Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), Modeling, Simulation & Computing, Astrophysics & Cosmology, Nano Sciences, Vacuum Science & Technology, and Radiation-Matter Interaction, Material Science and Nanotechnology. Deadline: 1 June 2020
  • (NEW) IsDB-TWAS Joint Research & Technology Transfer Grant 2020: Quick-Response Research on COVID-19  Technologists and researchers from IsDB Member Countries are invited to submit research and innovation proposals that can help address challenges directly and indirectly related to COVID-19. Qualified researchers from 57 IsDB countries* are invited to form a joint research collaboration consisting of two groups from different countries working on areas related to the COVID-19 pandemic.Grants will enable the collaborating groups to purchase the research equipment and strengthen the facilities they need to enhance their partnership and productivity and to support the mobility of scientists between the participating institutions for training purposes. Partners should ensure, through the grant, that enough consumable supplies are available during such visits.Eligibility: Each Principle Investigator (PI) must be a national of an IsDB member country; hold a PhD with good research experience; and lead each research group operating in a university or research institute in an IsDB member country. Applications from women scientists are especially encouraged. Amount: max USD 50,000 per research group, USD 100,00 total for the joint project. Deadline: 4 June 2020
  • IsDB-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme will support research related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, providing recipients with high-level training in areas relevant to sustainability science. A host centre located in a developing country should be identified by the candidate based on his/her particular area of research. Eligible research areas include climate change, energy etc. Eligibility: Early-career researchers, below 45 years, from 21 Least Developed Member Countries of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). Deadline: extended to 8 June 2020
    (NEW) TWAS - Mohammad A. Hamdan Award will be given for outstanding mathematical work (pure, applied, probability, statistics) carried out by a scientist working and living in Africa or Arab regions for a minimum of two years prior to their nomination. Amount: USD 5000 and a certificate.Deadline: 15 June 2020.
  • (NEW) MIT Solve 2020 Global Challenges Current challenges open for solutions include: Good Jobs & Inclusive Entrepreneurship; Learning for Girls & Women; Sustainable Food Systems; Maternal & Newborn Health; and Health Security & Pandemics.  Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a mission to solve world challenges. Solve is a marketplace for social impact innovation. Through open innovation Challenges, Solve finds incredible tech-based social entrepreneurs all around the world. Solve then brings together MIT’s innovation ecosystem and a community of Members to fund and support these entrepreneurs to help them drive lasting, transformational impact. Deadline: 18 June 2020
  • NORHED II 2021-2026. Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) is Norway’s flagship programme on higher education and research. NORHED aims to strengthen the capacity of higher education institutions in developing countries to produce higher-quality graduates, more and higher-quality research, and more inclusive higher education, through academic collaboration. NORHED II consists of six thematic sub-programmes: 1) Education and Teacher training; 2) Health; 3) Climate Change and Natural Resources; 4) Political and Economic Governance; 5) Humanities and Social Sciences; and 6) Energy. Priority countries:  Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Palestine, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda. Norway also gives priority to other Least Developed Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Regional South-South collaboration is strongly encouraged. Eligibility: North-South-South university partnerships led by a Norwegian accredited HEI. Other relevant actors (both in Norway and developing countries) can be included as project partners in partnership with an accredited HEI. Amount: Around NOK 10 mill for 3 years or NOK 15-20 mill for 6 years. Deadline: extended to 26 June 2020
  • AIMS-NEI Fellowship program for Women in Climate Change Science seeks to increase women’s participation in, and contribution to, a more sustainable societal response to climate change. Funded by IDRC and Government of Canada. Successful applicants are expected to execute, in a suitable African host institution, a self-initiated project with the potential to contribute significantly to the understanding of climate change and its impacts, and/or to the development and implementation of innovative, empirically‑grounded policies and strategies for climate change mitigation, adaptation and/or resilience, among others. Preference will be given to applicants proposing projects that make substantive use of the mathematical sciences. Eligibility: women, PhD holders, employed and actively engaged in relevant research.  Deadline: 30 June 2020 
  • The Matsumae International Foundation Research Fellowships – 3-6 months in Japan between, April 2021 and March 2022. Field of research: Natural science, engineering and medicine are considered with first priorities. Applicants are free to select host institution (universities, national research institutions or similar facilities in private sector) but need to secure their acceptance letter before applying for the fellowship. Eligibility: PhD holders, below 49 years, employed in home country; with invitation letter from the Japanese host institution. Deadline: 30 June 2020
    The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize fundamental contributions in a broad array of areas of scientific knowledge, technology, humanities and artistic creation. Candidates may be one or more natural persons of any nationality, without limitation of number. The awards are also open to scientific or cultural organizations that can be collectively credited with exceptional contributions to scientific knowledge, cultural creation or the fight against climate change. Self-nomination is not permitted. Any scientific or cultural organization or institution can submit nominations, following their own internal procedures. Award: 400,000 euros.