Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant 2019 for African Scientists ($150,000 grant)

Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant 2019 for African Scientists ($150,000 grant)

Deadline: July 22, 2019

Applications are open for Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant 2019 for African-born scientists within 7 years of their PhD whose research addresses relevant, real-world African issues. The Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant was established to honour the late Mrs Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer and continue her extensive contribution to and passion for Africa, the environment, and science.

The Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant seeks to support emerging, African-led, innovative research that will contribute to the advancement of environmental and allied sciences; and address relevant, realworld, African issues of current and future importance. They define relevance in terms of globally and continentally recognised environmental priorities such as those found within the Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and Continental Frameworks.


A grant of $150,000 will be awarded ANNUALLY, to one successful applicant. The grant will support a research project or programme of up to three years. Each year, there will be a call for new applications1 , and the grant recipient will be announced at the Oppenheimer Research Conference. The funds will be distributed in agreed tranches, based on satisfactory progress as measured against agreed milestones.


The lead applicant should be an emerging and African-born scientist affiliated, at the time of application submission, to a credible African institution. Furthermore, the proposed research should be African focussed.

  • applicant must hold a degree (PhD, equivalent or higher qualification), or expect to obtain their degree by the time funding starts, and should have no more than seven years work and/or research experience post degree.
  • born in Africa, however can be residing outside of the continent
  • proven ability to manage funding and subscribes to good financial grant practice
  • academic institution, research institution, government institution, NGO, for-profit organisation

Previously funded research not eligible.

Grant Guidelines

Special consideration will be given to empirical research that:

  • Advances the frontiers of knowledge within the chosen field.
  • Facilitates solutions to African challenges.
  • Demonstrates innovative methodologies and approaches.
  • Exhibits scientific rigour and excellence.
  • Contributes to human capital development (e.g. mentorship, support, and professional development opportunities) for the next generation of researchers.
  • Incorporates a holistic perspective and involves inter- and multi- disciplinary collaboration with partners (preference intra-African) to leverage time, expertise, skills, materials, resources and reduce duplication.
  • Articulates the potential to create impact both during and beyond the grant period. Example impact categories include, but are not limited to: 1) Environmental Impact; 2) Health and Well-being; 3) Impact on Public Policy, Services and Regulation; 4) Human Capacity Development; 5) Society and International Engagement; 6) Economic Impact.
  • Displays knowledge of associated recent or on-going work on the continent.
  • Defines a clear plan for disseminating research outcomes both inside and outside the scientific community.
  • Endeavours to open access publications (popular and scientific).
  • Does not present unacceptable ethical or safety risks.


All applications must be submitted in English through an online portal.

Please see the ‘JWO Research Grant_Example Template’ (PDF) for an example of the fields that will be included in the online template. Please note, while the ‘JWO Research Grant_Example Template’ (PDF) can be completed, it cannot be uploaded or emailed. It is provided for information and preparation purposes only. ONLY ONLINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Deadline for submission will be 22 July 2019.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit JWO Research Grant.