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Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund ($20,000 in grants)

Last updated: Jun 15, 2022

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Target: Sub-Sahara Africa,

Award Value: Up to $20,000,

Host Institution: University of Cambridge, UK


September 5

Cambrige-Africa ALBORADA Research FundApplicants are hereby invited to the ALBORADA Trust whose scholarships are now open to interested postdoctoral students from the University of Cambridge (or any affiliated institution)  and sub-Saharan African institutions across all disciplines. The Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund awards grants of between $1,000 to $20,000 which will cover research-related costs such as equipment, fieldwork, travels, and setting up workshops for trainings.  Application is open until early September.

Scholarship Description

The Cambridge-Africa ALBORODA Research Fund was created in 2012, with generous support from ALBORADA. The fund aids pairs of researchers (post-doctoral level and above) from the University of Cambridge (or Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, NIAB and British Antarctic Survey) and sub-Saharan African institutions, across all disciplines, to initiate and/or strengthen research collaborations, and encourage training activities and engagement between the two bodies. Applicants from Cambridge apply jointly with applicants from sub-Saharan Africa and co-create the project.

Check Also: Cambridge Next Generation Research Fellowships

Award Benefits

The Research Fund between $1,000 and $20,000 awarded by Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Trust will cover for:

  • Research costs (i.e. reagents, equipment and fieldwork)
  • Research-related travel (between Cambridge and Africa)
  • Conducting research training activities in Africa (e.g. Courses/Workshops setups)

Level and Areas of Study

Postdoctoral study, across all disciplines.

Place of Study

University of Cambridge, London.

See Also: Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for African Students

Eligibility Criteria

The program is open to Cambridge and Africa-based researchers who will co-create a research project.

  • Both applicants must be at post-doctoral level or above, and their application must be supported by their Head of Department or equivalent
  • Both applicants must have a formal link to a research group/department/faculty in their home institution
  • Post-graduate students (e.g. as part of a research project or training visit) may also apply. The Cambridge applicant must be either working at the University of Cambridge, or at a Research Institute affiliated with the University.
  • The Cambridge applicants will act as the lead applicant, for administrative purposes, as the awards have to be paid to their Cambridge Departments/Faculties/Institutes.
  • The African applicant must be based in a sub-Saharan African Research Institute or University.

Application Procedure

The online application form has been designed to allow both applicants (Cambridge- and Africa-based) to log in, update, save and eventually submit electronically.

  • Both applicants must register and complete a saveable online application forms provided on the Cambridge-Africa website. Final submissions should include the following:
  • Case for support and a lay summary
  • An itemised budget (template provided)
  • A letter of support from the department/faculty of the Cambridge Principal Investigator (PI). For the Department of Engineering, a support letter from the Head of Division is needed.
  • A letter of support from the department/institute of the African PI.
  • CVs (maximum 2 pages) for both the Cambridge and African PIs. The two suggested referees should not be from the same department.
  • Any queries should be sent to alboradafund@cambridge-africa.cam.ac.uk

Submission Deadline: 5th September

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