Funding opportunities

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This page provides a listing of selected funding opportunities. To view Call details click on links provided in each Call. 

More funding opportunities can also be found on Research Professional Africa. What to expect from the Research Professional African funding platform


MasterCard Foundation – RUFORUM Scholarships for Ugandan and Kenyan Students 2018/2019

The MasterCard Foundation in partnership with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture is offering scholarship to Kenyan students to pursue bachelor and master programme in Kenya.

The scholarships tenable at Egerton University, Kenya and Gulu University, Uganda respectively, will see 20 undergraduate and 10 masters’ students benefit from the scholarship in the 2018/2019 academic year.

For more information, visit

 The deadline of the scholarship is March 16, 2018.


Commonwealth Rutherford Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Commonwealth Rutherford Postdoctoral Fellowships programme is open and receiving applications from PhD graduates resident in a Commonwealth country.

Upto 50 fellowships are available. Successful applicants will get an opportunity to spend one or two years at an eligible UK university or higher education institution to conduct postdoctoral research.

Applicants will be expected to identify one host institution for the fellowship. Evidence of agreement from host institution is mandatory.

Applications deadline: December 11, 2017

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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) small grants

US Department of State, US

- These assist countries to preserve their cultural heritage. Awards are worth between USD 10,000 and USD 200,000 each. Approximately 12 awards are available.

- Maximum award: USD 200,000

- Closing date: 01 Dec 17


Global Challenges Research Fund – new social and cultural insights into mental, neurological and substance use disorders in developing countries

Economic and Social Research Council, GB

- This supports innovative and interdisciplinary research that provides social and cultural perspectives on mental, neurological, and substance use disorders in developing countries. The total budget is at least £4 million, with grants worth up to £1.25m each at full economic cost.

- Maximum award: £1,250,000

- Closing date: 11 Jan 18 


Health systems research initiative fifth call – providing evidence to strengthen health systems in low- and middle income countries, foundation grants

Medical Research Council, GB

- This supports multidisciplinary preliminary studies that address key questions on strengthening and improving health systems in developing countries. Grants are worth up to £200,000 each over 12 to 18 months.

- Maximum award: £200,000

- Closing date: 05 Jun 18 (recurring)


Innovation prize for Africa

African Innovation Foundation, CH

- This prize honours and encourages innovative achievements that contribute towards developing new products, increasing efficiency or cost-saving in Africa. Three prizes categories are available, each worth USD 100,000, USD 25,000, USD 25,000 and

USD 5,000 respectively.

- Maximum award: USD 100,000

- Closing date: 10 Jan 18 


Visiting scholar awards

Yale University, US

- These support research in any field related to British art by providing an opportunity to study the Center’s collection. Awards cover travel, accommodation and

provide a living allowance.

- Maximum award: Not known

- Closing date: 08 Jan 18


Doctoral summer research scholarship

Institute of Management Accountants, US

- This provides financial support for PhD candidates working on summer research papers in any area of management accounting. The scholarship is worth USD 5,000 and includes a free one-year membership with the Institute of Management Accountants.

- Maximum award: USD 5,000

- Closing date: 01 Mar 18 (recurring)


Grants for projects in Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe

Commonwealth Foundation, GB

- These support projects that strengthen the ability of civic voices to engage with governments and that have the potential to improve governance and development outcomes through their active participation. Grants are worth up to £50,000 each for up to four years.

- Maximum award: £50,000

- Closing date: 03 Jan 18


IADR Lion dental research award

International Association for Dental Research, INT

- This aims to support improvements in oral health sciences through the stimulation of junior researchers by recognition of innovative research in basic dental science for the improvement of public dental health. Three awards are available, worth USD

2,000 each.

- Maximum award: USD 2,000

- Closing date: 02 Feb 18 (recurring)


Global innovation fund

Global Innovation Fund, INT

- Funding supports innovative, cost-effective solutions that address any major development challenge in any country or countries in the developing world. Funding may range from USD 50,000 to USD 15 million.

- Maximum award: USD 15,000,000

- Closing date: None


Green chemistry award

Royal Society of Chemistry

This recognizes the design, development or implementation of novel chemical products or processes which have the potential to reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances.

The award is worth £2,000.

Closing date: 15 Jan 18


Nyholm prize for education

Royal Society of Chemistry

This recognizes a major national or international research or innovation contribution to the field of chemical science education. The award is worth £5,000.

The winner will also receive a medal and certificate and complete a UK lecture tour.

Closing date: 15 Jan 19