African Academy of Sciences Africa-India Mobility Fund 2018 (Up to $5,000)

African Academy of Sciences Africa-India Mobility Fund 2018 (Up to $5,000)

Deadline: Rolling Basis

Application is open for the African Academy of Sciences Africa-India Mobility Fund 2018. The Africa-India Mobility Fund (AIMF) is a two-year programme designed to provide researchers from Africa and India with opportunities for short visits in either direction to explore opportunities for building and strengthening scientific collaboration.

The AIMF initiative by the African Academy of Sciences and the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance (India Alliance) intends to encourage South-South collaborations and learning between the two ecosystems. This is in recognition of the fact that Africa and India face similar challenges, both in the diseases that affect their populations and socio-political issues as well as the leadership required to address these. The exchanges are expected to enhance their skills and contribute to the growth of knowledge and leadership towards common health challenges.

At the AAS, the programme is implemented through the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science for Africa (AESA), an initiative of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency.

Financial Support

  • The award will cover directly incurred costs up to $5,000 / INR 325,000 for travel lasting up to 3 months. This is to cover the applicant’s airfare (at Economy class) and subsistence whilst on the visit. Salaries and fees to attend meetings will not be eligible;
  • An additional $2,500 may be requested for laboratory reagents, however, the decision to award the extra funds will be on case by case basis upon justification of the needs.


  • Open to nationals of India and African countries to support collaboration in research in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, dengue, malaria, vector-borne diseases, parasitic infections, emerging infections, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, health systems research, antimicrobial resistance, microbiome, drug development and general biomedical sciences.
  • Non-African investigators resident on the continent or overseas citizen of India can apply.

Judging Criteria

  • The candidate – evidence of scientific track record or achievements (if young researcher) in the specified project area and demonstrated interest in collaborating with India/Africa.
  • The proposal – scientific quality and feasibility of the proposal.
  • Evidence that the grant will facilitate scientific exchange that would otherwise not be possible from distance. Evidence of added value for addressing the disease area/challenge and for fostering Africa-India collaboration.


Applicants will be required to provide the following information at the application stage, to enable the organizers to assess their eligibility to receive travel awards:

  • A letter of support from their academic supervisor/line manager, and confirmation of support from the respective head of department or institution
  • Confirmation of support from hosting scientists’ institution
  • Curriculum Vitae.

All application forms should be submitted through the AAS Grants Management System. Register and apply here.

For more information, visit African Academy of Sciences Mobility Funds.