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Call for proposals: Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme 2017

The 2nd Call for the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme is now open and accepting applications from eligible Higher Education Institutions of Institutions (HEIs) in Africa.

Applications are open to projects that entail the organisation and implementation of student and staff mobility in high quality master and doctoral programmes, as well as the provision of education/training and other services to foreign students and teaching/ training and research assignments and other services to staff from the countries covered by the project. Mobility must only take place in one of the eligible countries covered by this Call for proposals. The duration of the project must be 60 months.


  • HEIs registered in Africa that provide courses at postgraduate level (master level and/or doctorate degree) of higher education leading to a qualification recognized by the competent authorities in their own country. Only HEIs accredited by relevant national authorities in Africa are eligible.
  • A HEI technical partner from one of the EU Member States that’s been awarded an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.

Application submission deadline: May 2, 2017

For more information, visit Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme


Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships

Expressions of Interest are invited for the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships. These scholarships are open to individuals who wish to pursue a UK master’s degree course by distance learning.


  • Be a citizen of a developing Commonwealth country, refugee, or British protected person
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
  • Hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard. A lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience may be considered in certain cases

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Commonwealth professional fellowships

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK 

These enable mid-career professionals from developing Commonwealth countries to visit a UK host organisation working in their field. Fellowships cover return airfare to the UK, an arrival allowance and a monthly living allowance, a flat-rate contribution to the host organisation and fees for conferences and short courses. 

Closing date: 13 Mar 18  (Forecast)


Afya County and national support programme

Agency for International Development (USAID), US

This supports the scale up evidence-based maternal, newborn, and child health

interventions; family planning and reproductive health services; water, sanitation and hygiene and nutrition activities in focus geographical areas. The total budget is USD 65.5 million to fund one award over five years.

- Maximum award: USD 65,500,000

- Closing date: 17 Apr 17


EXTENDED DEADLINE: Highlight notice for international development – research

networking scheme Arts and Humanities Research Council

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 28 February has been extended to 25 April 2017. All other call details remain unchanged. This aims to encourage research networking proposals which explore the contribution that arts and humanities research can make to challenges, policy or practice relating to international development. Grants are worth up to £30,000 each.

An additional £30,000 may be provided for international activities. *** 

Closing date: 25 Apr 17


Follow-on funding for impact and engagement scheme: highlight notice for four themes Arts and Humanities Research Council

This encourages innovative applications that seek to explore new, unanticipated pathways to impact which have emerged from projects supported as a part of AHRC themes.

Grants are worth up to £100,000 each over 12 months.

Closing date: 26 Apr 17


Emerald African management research fund award  


This supports an African project in the field of management research.

The award is worth £2,500. 

Closing date: 07 May 17


Fernand Braudel senior fellowships

European University Institute

These enable established academics with an international reputation to pursue their research at the European University Institute.

Fellowships last between three and 10 months and the monthly stipend is worth up to €3,000.

Closing date: 30 Mar 17


SWITCH Africa green

Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (EuropeAid)

These support sustainable development by engaging in the transition towards an inclusive green economy which generates growth, creates jobs and reduces poverty.

Grants between €600,000 and €1.2 million are available from a total budget of €15.5 million.

Closing date: 31 Mar 17


Developing countries collaborative research grants

International Association for the Study of Pain

This supports international interdisciplinary collaborations in pain research in a developing country. The grant is worth up to USD 15,000 to cover travel and accommodation costs.  

Closing date: 17 Apr 17


Call for partnership concept papers – scaling investment in off-grid energy

solutions in Africa

Agency for International Development (USAID)

This aims to to accelerate growth in the off-grid energy market to provide 20 million households in sub-Saharan Africa with access to modern, clean, and affordable electricity. Funding is worth between USD 500,000 and USD 1.5 million per project.

Closing date: 30 Apr 17