The Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) Towards Leadership Programme 2024 for Emerging African Scientists

The Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) is delighted to announce the launch of the Towards Leadership Programme in partnership with the UKRI Medical Research Council. Click here if you are interested in this opportunity.

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About The Africa Research Excellence Fund Towards Leadership Programme

Opportunity Details

The AREF Towards Leadership programme aims to empower talented, emerging scientists in Africa to compete successfully for UKRI MRC and other major funding opportunities in global health research. Together we are investing in talented African scientists in Africa, enhancing their global health research and leadership potential.   

The programme will run between Oct 2024 to Oct 2025, consisting of two residential workshops (opening and closing) and one virtual workshop. 

The curriculum is designed to support engage and enhance the participants’ capabilities and to empower talented, emerging scientists in Africa to compete successfully on a level playing field for UKRI MRC and other major funding opportunities in global health research. The programme is directed towards to winning grant funding, empowering effective teams, collaborating internationally, influencing stakeholders, and building rewarding research careers.  

Key Dates 

  • Applications closing deadline 16:00 GMT 6 May 2024 
  • Successful applicants notified early to mid-July 2024

Benefits of The Africa Research Excellence Fund Towards Leadership Programme

  • The costs of the workshops and associated accommodation and travel of selected nominees will be met by MRC and AREF.  

The Africa Research Excellence Fund Towards Leadership Programme Requirments

  • You are a citizen of a country in Africa. 
  • You are currently employed in Africa by a recognised university and/or specialist research institution.  
  • You are an early career researcher, having completed your research education and are now at the early stages of leading your own research group. 
  • You will hold a research doctorate (PhD/DPhil/MD) from a recognised academic institution OR you have a medical/clinical qualification PLUS a research-relevant Master’s degree, both usually within the last 10 years. If it has been longer than 10 years since your last degree, please explain in your application why you should still be considered an early career researcher (i.e. caring responsibilities or career break/change impacting your research career). 
  • You are currently responsible for managing/supervising one or more research students and/or research staff members and are involved in building research collaborations. 
  • You demonstrate evidence of being at the early stages of leading a research team or being an active member of a research team conducting Global Health Research. 
  • A significant part of your current employee role is to develop and conduct health research. 
  • You already have experience in obtaining research funding (Combined value of £500,000 or less). 

Application Date and Process

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Application Deadline

06 May, 2024

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