As part of its international engagement, the Royal Society has been involved in capacity-building in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Society decided to extend its support for capacity-building to Ghana and Tanzania and a new funding scheme was established following extensive consultation with stakeholders in the UK, Ghana and Tanzania.
The scheme, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, aims to help develop and maintain excellence in science in both countries and to strengthen the research and training capacity of the African institution.
All areas of basic natural science covered by the Royal Society’s remit, but applicants are particularly encouraged to apply in five priority areas:
As the projects are of a bilateral nature, one applicant must be based in the UK and the other either in Ghana or Tanzania.
The project leaders must be of at least postdoctoral status or equivalent and their teams must be recognised and supported by a Ghanaian/Tanzanian or UK higher education institution.
The applications will be assessed on the basis of their scientific merit, the potential for long-term research collaboration and the level of training opportunities.
Awards will offer a maximum of £50,000 per annum to cover research expenses and costs for mobility.
Up to £10,000 per year of the award may be used to purchase or maintain equipment.
The total maximum amount of award is £150,000.
For more information and scholarship applications, see: Leverhulme Royal Society Africa Awards.