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Call for Applications: 2020 Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund fellowships for Researchers

2020 Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund fellowships for Researchers: Applications are now being received for the 2020 Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund fellowships which are offered to applicants with innovative ideas for short term research projects.

The purpose of the ABCF program is to develop the capacity for agricultural biosciences research in Africa, to support research for development projects that contribute towards increasing food and nutritional security and/or food safety in Africa and to facilitate access to the BecA-ILRI Hub facilities by African researchers and their partners.



Program Location: Nairobi, Kenya.

Program Title: 2020 Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund fellowships.

Program Type: Fully-Funded Fellowship Program.

Program Duration: Up to 6 months

Slots: Several.

Country/Candidate Eligibility: African Researchers.



 

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Areas of research

Applicant must be a scientist from African National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) e.g. national agricultural research institutes and universities. S/he should be interested to carry research on crops and livestock in the areas of national or regional priority.

General Eligibility Criteria: Please take note of the following eligibility conditions to know if you can apply.

Applicants of the fellowship must:

  • Be 45 years of age or younger at the time of application
  • Be from the 18 BecA mandate countries which are: Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. In exceptional cases, applicants from other African countries will be considered.
  • Be a researcher employed in an African NARS.
  • Be actively engaged in research that is contributing to agricultural development in Africa.
  • Have attained a minimum education level of a master’s degree
  • Have good working knowledge of written and spoken English.
  • Submit the application with a signed letter of endorsement of the application or letter of nomination from the head of the applicant’s home institute/organization.
  • NOT be a previous fellow.

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 Fellowship Benefits:

The Fellowship will support;

  • Research*costs at the BecA-ILRI Hub;
  • Travel from home country to Nairobi and back.
  • Medical insurance;
  • Accommodation; and
  • A modest subsistence allowance.

*The ABCF fellowship does not cover fieldwork or research in the applicant’s home country.

Application Procedures for the 2020 Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund fellowships for Researchers – How-to-Apply:

Interested and eligible candidates should: CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Note: Written responses must be your own or original work. Using language/information copied from other sources will be considered plagiarism and will result in the application being disqualified.

Application Timelines:

  • The call will be open on 15 December 2019 and closed on 20 January 2020.
  • The successful candidates will be notified by 15 March 2020.

Visit the Official Website for Further Details.

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