Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund 2014 – Research Fellowships

Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund 2014 – Research Fellowships

Deadline: February 28, 2014

The Biosciences eastern and central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub seeks applicants with innovative ideas for short to medium term research projects that can be undertaken at the BecA-ILRI Hub. The Africa Bio-sciences Challenge Fund (ABCF), provides fellowships to scientists and graduate students from African national agricultural research organisations and universities to undertake biosciences research-for-development projects at the BecA-ILRI Hub.

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

BecA-ILRI Hub, located in Nairobi, Kenya, is a shared agricultural research and bio-sciences platform that exists to increase access for African researchers to affordable, world-class research facilities. In addition, the BecA-ILRI Hub provides research-related services and capacity building opportunities to eastern and central Africa and beyond.

Costs covered by the fellowship 

  • Research at the BecA-ILRI Hub
  • Travel
  • Medical insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Living allowance

Please note that fellowships do not cover the cost of fieldwork or research at the applicant’s home institute.

Eligibility

Scientists and graduate students from African national agricultural research organisations and universities, with innovative ideas for short to medium term research projects (up to 12 months) are invited to apply. Projects must be in the areas of food and nutritional security or food safety in Africa.

Applicant requirements

  • National (passport holder) of a BecA-ILRI Hub target country: 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, Uganda. In exceptional cases we may consider applicants from other African countries.
  • A researcher at a national agricultural research organization or university in a BecA-ILRI Hub target country
  • Currently engaged in research in food and nutritional security or food safety in Africa, or in a research area with relevance to agriculture in Africa
  • MSc or PhD in biosciences, agriculture or related subject. In exceptional cases we may consider applicants with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Good working knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Completed online application form
  • A signed letter of approval for your application from the head of your institute.

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