2nd Call for AREF Research Development Fellowships 2016

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The Africa Research Excellence Fund announces its second annual call for applications for AREF Research Development Fellowships.  The program aims 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. Applicants will need to demonstrate a credible, ambitious vision for their research on a human-health challenge for Africa; and a transformational, well-supported development plan that would be significantly enhanced by the Fellowship.

Applications with an ambitious, developmental plan that prepares the way for the applicant to tackle a challenging research question with further grant or fellowship funding will be more successful than those that seek just to pack a conventional research project and some training into nine months abroad.

While the Fellowship is designed as a stepping-stone for individuals, AREF wishes to enable their African home institutions to grow and succeed by nurturing their research talent.  Potential applicants are therefore encouraged to discuss their plans at an early stage with their employing and potential host organisations – so that the Fellowship can be a “win-win-win” for all three parties.

We are keen to receive high quality applications from both women and men; from diverse research disciplines – including social and economic sciences, veterinary (“one health”) researchers, and clinically-active researchers; and from franco-, luso- and anglophone low-and-middle income countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Funding Information and Benefits

The maximum award is 43,000 GB Pounds. Each AREF Fellowship will support a developmental placement of three-to-nine months in a leading research organization in Europe or South Africa.


  • You must be a national of a country in sub-Saharan Africa excluding South Africa
  • You must 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
  • You must 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
  • You must submit the required documentation, including declarations from your home and host organizations detailing how they will support your development as a researcher, if you receive an award.

 How to apply

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