PACN Visiting Research Fellowships

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PACN-Syngenta Visiting Research Fellowships provide the opportunity for African scientists who are employed in their industrial, academic or public service sectors to visit Jealott’s Hill International Research Centre in the UK.

The aim of the Visiting Research Fellowships is to pursue research in analysis, formulation or synthetic chemistry; the focus being on learning new methodologies or the use of experimental techniques to tackle a particular scientific problem.

Eligibility of Applicant

Applicants MUST meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum academic qualification- Masters degree in relevant field
  • Research areas: Analytical and Synthetic Chemistry including Sustainable Process Development, Formulation Chemistry, Natural Products, and Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Currently employed in Industry, Academia, Public service or a registered PhD student in an African Institution.
  • Submit a written confirmation of their employment in Industry, Academia, Public service or their student status.
  • Submit a comprehensive research programme proposal for the full period of the fellowship.


    The total value of the fellowship is up to £5,000 which should cover the costs for:

  • Return ticket to the UK by economy class travel
  • Cost of boarding and lodging in the UK
  • Cost of visas, insurance, travel and subsistence directly connected with the research programme within the UK
  • The grant will be paid by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in advance directly to the applicant’s host in the UK (Syngenta), in which case the host institution will be responsible for disbursing funds to the individual as appropriate.

    PACN Kenya office will provide the individual with the corresponding flights to/from the UK or reimburse the costs of the flights.

  • Within two months after the end of the fellowship, the visiting research fellow will provide the RSC with a statement of the expenditure supported by receipts. Money unspent at the end of the fellowship shall be returned to RSC.
  • Within one month after the end of the fellowship, the visiting research fellow will provide the RSC with a short report on the visit, including outcomes such as publications or future collaborations.


    Applicants MUST submit references from:

  • Their immediate supervisor at the home institution, giving written permission for them to undertake the fellowship.
  • Two independent referees, who should be acquainted with the applicant’s work and be prepared to referee the application.

    Deadlines: September 15 and February 15 of each year.

    Applications for PACN-Syngenta Visiting Research Fellowships may be sent to PACN Kenya office (by post, fax or email) or to the RSC (by email):

    Mrs Ruth Odhiambo.
    PACN Administrator,
    Department of Chemistry,
    University of Nairobi,
    P.O. Box 30197, 00100
    Nairobi, KENYA.
    Fax/Tel: +254 20 444 6140

    For more information, see: PACN-Syngenta Visiting Research Fellowships Website
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