AREF Research Development Fellowship 2024 for African Researchers

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Last Updated on June 19, 2023

AREF Research Development Fellowship 2024

Applications are now open for the AREF Research Development Fellowship 2024 for African Researchers. AREF Research Fellowship is designed to enable talented, early-career African researchers to develop their own research ideas and specialist skills, to grow their research relationships through collaboration and mentorship, and to work towards a major funding proposal. This year, funding will be made available for a “planned follow-through” in the awardee’s home institution.

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.

Aim and Benefits of AREF Research Development Fellowship

  • 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 £40,000. 

Requirements for AREF Research Development Fellowship Qualification

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.

Interview date, Process and Venue for AREF Research Development Fellowship

Selection Criteria:

  • Applicants will need to demonstrate a credible, ambitious vision for their research career in an area of human-health challenge for Africa; and a transformational, well-supported development plan that would be significantly enhanced by the RDF Programme. Potential applicants?are strongly encouraged to discuss their?plans at an early stage with their?employing and potential host organisations.
  • Equality and diversity are core values of AREF and we encourage applications by scientists irrespective of gender, colour, race, or creed.  We strongly welcome eligible applicants from francophone and lusophone countries as well as from anglophone countries.

Application Deadline: September 14, 2023

How to Apply

What you need before starting your application:

  • Read the Application Scheme Information.
  • Thoroughly review the Guidance on Completing the Application Forms.
  • AREF Terms and Conditions.

How to Apply: 

Successful Fellows are expected to start between July 2024 and no later than December 2024.  

For more details, visit the AREF website


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