Apply for the Ecologists in Africa Grant 2017 (Up to £8,000 Grant)

Apply for the Ecologists in Africa Grant 2017 (Up to £8,000 Grant)

Deadline: September 11, 2017

Applications for Ecologists in Africa grants are now open. This grant provides support for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research. The British Ecological Society recognises that ecologists in Africa face unique challenges in carrying out research; their grant is designed to support them to develop their skills, experience and knowledge base as well as making connections with ecologists in the developed world. They support excellent ecological science in Africa by funding services and equipment.

The vision of the British Ecological Society is a world inspired, informed and influenced by ecology. The vision is to generate, communicate and promote ecological knowledge and solutions.


  • The maximum value of a grant of £8,000 is given for research.
  • An additional sum up to £2,000 may be requested to fund travel to help you develop connections with other ecologists outside your usual peer group.
  • Travel funds are available to spend time working with ecologists in developed countries where facilities and experience will help you on return to your own institution.
  • Successful applicants also receive two years of free British Ecological Society (BES) membership and free online access to their journals.


You should:

  • Be a scientist and a citizen of a country in Africa or its associated islands, that is a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ according to the World Bank categorization.
  • Have at least an MSc or an equivalent degree.
  • Be working for a university or research institution in Africa (including field centers, NGOs, museums etc.) that provides basic research facilities.
  • Carry out the research in a country in Africa or its associated islands.
  • The proposed work must be completed within 18 months.


  • Register and login on the online grants system here.
  • Complete your contact details, and navigate to ‘Your Applications’.
  • As part of the application process, two referees will be required to submit statements of support. If you are applying for travel funds, one of these must be from your host institution.
  • These statements should include:
    • Why the project is important,
    • What support will be given to you and,
    • A statement that any equipment bought for the project will be made available for anyone in the host institution to conduct ecological research.
  • Successful applicants will automatically contact the referees using the email addresses provided in the application.
  • Both reference statements must be completed online before the application deadline. British Ecological Society (BES) cannot accept referee statements sent independently via email or by letter.
  • To find out how your application will be assessed, please view the scoring criteria here.

For more information, visit the Ecologists in Africa.