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Crick African Network African Career Accelerator Postdoctoral Research Awards, 2018

The Crick African Network is delighted to offer African Career Accelerator Awards who will provide Fellowship support for African postdoctoral researchers aiming to make the transition to becoming an independent researcher and launching their own research group.

The awards further seek to invest in early-career researchers who have demonstrated strong scientific and leadership potential, as well as a commitment to continuing their research on the African continent.

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The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Scholarship Description: 

  • Application Deadline: July 1, 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue Postdoctoral programme.
  • Study Subject: Thematic areas of the research must focus on infectious diseases of poverty with an emphasis on Tuberculosis, Malaria and HIV/AIDS, but also extending to neglected tropical diseases or non-communicable diseases. There exist opportunities for clinical research, however, the possibility will have to be discussed specifically with potential supervisors/advisors and their institutions to confirm availability of resources to support the research.
  • Scholarship Award: Six (6) fellowships will be awarded a value of up to approximately £130,000.
  • Nationality: Available to applicants of 55 African nations.
  • Number of Scholarships: Up to six fellowships are available.
  • Scholarship can be taken in The programme will be held in two locations: The Francis Crick Institute (‘the Crick’, UK) and at one of the five (5) African partner institutions: The University of Ghana (Ghana), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), University of Cape Town (South Africa), MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM (The Gambia) and MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit.

Eligibility for the Scholarship: 

Eligible Countries: African applicants are eligible to apply:

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and  Zimbabwe.

Entrance Requirements: To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet the following requirements:

Applicants must be a citizen of one of the 55 African nations, as defined by the African Union.  Applicants must also have a PhD and have no more than six (6) years post-doctoral research experience (with allowances for legitimate career breaks) but more than 2 years post-doctoral experience unless the applicant has an outstanding track record, supported by publication and employment history.

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

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Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: 

  • Applicants must first submit a mandatory Expression of Interest (EoI) form available online from 23rd April 2018.
  • Having established eligibility, applicants will be invited to discuss their proposed research with suggested supervisors to refine research plans.
  • Eligible applicants will be provided with the link to the online application portal which opens on Wednesday23rd May 2018
  • Successful applicants at the full application stage will be invited for the interview to be held in September 2018.
  • The outcome of applications will be announced on 1st October 2018.

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