Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant in Africa

Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant in Africa

A grant of $150,000 will be awarded to one successful applicant. The grant will support a research project or programme for up to three years (previously funded research not eligible).


The lead applicant should be:

An early career scientist

Applicant must already hold a PhD degree and should have no more than seven years of work and/or research experience post-degree (excluding time taken for family responsibilities).

Have strong links to a credible African institution

The institution should have a proven ability to manage to fund and subscribes to good financial grant practice and can be any of the following: academic institution, research institution, government institution, NGO, for-profit organisation

Application Topic

Applicants’ proposals must demonstrate a strong link to biodiversity and conservation

What the Judges Look for:

  • Advances the frontiers of knowledge within the chosen field

  • Facilitates solutions to African challenges: The research should try and solve an African challenge that occurs in more than one geography and is scalable to other areas. The research should include multiple research sites

  • Demonstrates innovative methodologies and approaches

  • Exhibits scientific rigour
    and excellence

  • Contributes to human capital development (e.g. mentorship, support, and professional development opportunities) for the next generation of researchers.

  • Incorporates a holistic perspective and involves inter-and multi-disciplinary collaboration with partners (preference intra-African) to leverage time, expertise, skills, materials, and resources and reduce duplication

  • Articulates the potential to create impact both during and beyond the grant period

  • Displays knowledge of associated recent or ongoing work on the continent.

  • Defines a clear plan for disseminating research outcomes both inside and outside the scientific community

  • Endeavours to open access publications (popular and scientific

  • Does not present unacceptable ethical or safety risk

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant in Africa

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