Global Challenges Research Fund African SWIFT Fellowship Programme 2020/2021 (Funding available)

Global Challenges Research Fund African SWIFT Fellowship Programme 2020/2021 (Funding available)

Deadline: December 6, 2019

Applications are invited for the Global Challenges Research Fund African SWIFT Fellowship Programme 2020/2021. The SWIFT Fellowships are an exciting opportunity for early-career researchers & professionals to expand their experience and independence in African meteorological research and gain leadership experience.

Successful applicants will become valued contributors of the African-SWIFT project, which aims to develop sustainable research capability in tropical weather forecasting to enhance the livelihoods of African populations, and improve the economies of African countries.


  • SWIFT fellows will be paid a very competitive salary commensurate with that of an early career lecturer salary in the host country of the fellowship.
  • In addition, fellows may also apply for additional funds to cover travel and related costs, Host Institute costs and research costs, within reasonable limits.


  • Open to early career researchers & professionals working in weather and climate research and applied social and natural sciences in the field of African weather prediction.
  • Fellowship applications must be aligned with the SWIFT research themes
  • Applicants must be of Sub-Saharan African nationality, but may be based anywhere at the time of application.


  • Fellowships must be between 12 and 18 months in duration.
  • The start and end timing of the fellowships is flexible within the following constraints: fellowships should begin between March 1 and June 30, 2020 and must end no later than September 30, 2021.
  • Fellowships may be carried out as a split appointment, but must be carried out within the specified timeframe.
  • Fellows may apply to work with a SWIFT partner organisation in Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Niger or Kenya.


The following documents must be submitted to the SWIFT Project Office via [email protected] before midnight on December 6, 2019:

For more information, visit GCRF African SWIFT.