EPFL Excellence in Africa Junior Faculty Development Program 2022 for Africa-based early-stage professors

Application Deadline:  16th November 2022 (17:00 CET).

The Junior Faculty Development (JFD) programme is the first programme launched within the framework of the “Excellence in Africa” initiative. It is pairing up early-stage professors in Africa with EPFL professors, providing funding for jointly-designed research projects over a period of 4 to 5 years. In the course of their project, the Africa-based professors will complete a secondment of up to one year in the laboratory of their colleague at EPFL.

As part of the EPFLUM6P’s Excellence in Africa initiative, the JFD programme fosters collaborations between Africa-based young professors and EPFL professors on projects addressing African and global challenges.

The research projects will develop and deploy innovative solutions to respond to key priorities in areas such as clean and sustainable energy, global warming, resource efficiency, as well as health and neuroscience. The grants will also support breakthrough science that use the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning and information technology for several applications, such as smart farming and robotics to address critical gaps.

Eligibility criteria

  • Must be employed or due to be hired by an African higher education institution.
  • Must have earned a PhD degree between 1st January 2011 and 16th November 2022.
  • Must have an outstanding research and publication track record.
  • Must submit a research project that comprises an activity that that falls in whole or in part of current domains of scientific or technological research activity at EPFL.


Eligible costs include and are limited to:

Personnel costs

  • Personnel costs at the host institution of the applicant, but not the salary of the Junior Faculty grantee, who must be employed and paid by his/her African host institution.
  • Personnel costs for a maximum of CHF 210’000 for the full duration of the project for personnel employed on the research project in the laboratory of the EPFL professor.

Travel costs

  • Travel, including participation in conferences and workshops and travel linked to the collaboration.

Equipment and research funds

  • Scientific equipment(s) and other infrastructure of durable value.
  • Research funds, including consumables, direct costs of infrastructure use, computing time and data access, publication costs, and justified expenses of third parties (subcontracting).

Living allowance for secondment at EPFL

  • A living allowance may be approved if there is a written official confirmation from the host institution in Africa that a living allowance for secondment at EPFL cannot be covered by the host institution.

Institutional contribution

  • No overheads are allowed for this programme; instead, an amount of maximum CHF 20’000 per year can be dedicated to a defined project aimed at the betterment of the Junior Faculty grantee’s host institution.

How to Apply

The application and evaluation process includes two stages.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the EPFL Excellence in Africa Junior Faculty Development Program


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