Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) Research Development Fellowships 2020 for early-career Researchers ( £38,000 Award)

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Application Deadline: 12:00 GMT 23 September 2020 

The AREF Research Development Fellowship (RDF) Programme is being launched to support African researchers who are working on important challenges for human health in Africa. 

The Programme Aim: 

  • To support researchers in Africa who are emerging leaders and are working on important challenges for human health to develop their skills as a researcher. 

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, applicants must be a national of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa. You need not be resident in Africa at the time of applying, provided that your application is officially supported by an African institution that meets the eligibility criteria for an employing institution and which attests that it intends to employ you locally. 

Academic qualifications:  

  • Non-clinician. Essential: PhD qualification within the last six years – awarded a PhD or equivalent postgraduate degree from a recognised institution of higher education after May 2014.  

If you do not currently have a PhD, you must provide evidence that a recognised examining institution expects you to have been examined for the degree of PhD/DPh by September 2020. You will not be able to take up the Fellowship without having been awarded a doctorate by a recognized and reputable academic institution. 

  • Clinician. Essential: Clinically-qualified applicants with a PhD/DPh/MD should have been awarded the doctorate from a recognised institution of higher education after May 2014. 


  • A three to nine-month placement at a leading research institution in Europe or Africa, with additional support at your home institution before and after the placement, up to a maximum of £38,000

Eligibility Requirements

  • Research active post-doctoral scientists and clinicians who are nationals of and employed in Sub-Saharan Africa who were awarded their doctorate after May 2014; and clinicians without a doctorate but who have a research-relevant Master’s degree and at least two and up to seven years active research experience. 

How to apply: 

  • Read the information below, and download the Application Form, Information for Applicants and Cost & Finance Spreadsheet, and email to [email protected] before 12:00 GMT 23 September 2020 

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Africa Research Excellence Fund Research Development Fellowship 2020


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