The African Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society have partnered to deliver a postdoctoral fellowship programme supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF): Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowships.
The FLAIR Fellowships Programme will produce Africa’s next generation of independent research leaders undertaking cutting-edge research that will address global challenges facing Africa.
The fellowships are aimed at talented African early career researchers with the potential to become leaders in their field and provide the opportunity to build an independent research career in an African institution.
Eligibility and criteria
- Successful applicants will be talented African early career researchers who are ready to develop their independence and have the potential to become leaders in their field.
- Underrepresented groups, including women, are particularly encouraged to apply.The applicant must:
- Be a national of a sub-Saharan African country and wish to work in a sub-Saharan African country in a research position; or
- Be a national of a sub-Saharan African country in the diaspora and wish to return to a research position in a sub-Saharan African country.The applicant must have been awarded a PhD at the time of application.
- The applicant must be an early career researcher with a minimum of two years’ research experience since completing their PhD and no more than 8 years’ post-doctoral research experience, by the time of application. This includes time spent teaching, honorary positions and/or visiting researcher positions.
- The African Academy of Sciences and Royal Society recognise there are diverse research career paths, as well as the challenges of managing a research career alongside other personal commitments.When reviewing applicants’ eligibility and research experience, The Royal Society will take into consideration time spent outside the research environment (e.g. time away due to personal reasons such as maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoptive leave or other caring responsibilities; ill-health or working in a non-research environment/role such as industry).Furthermore, where applicants have taken formal periods of maternity, paternity shared parental and adoptive leave as the primary carer (either the mother, father, partner or adopter), or extended sick leave, the Royal Society will allow on top of each period of leave an additional amount of time when assessing eligibility.
Awards and benefits
- Developing Africa’s next generation of research leaders – supporting talented early career African researchers to establish their scientific independence, focus on developing their research and become leaders in their chosen discipline.
- Supporting excellent research – enabling African researchers to address areas of global significance across the natural sciences through high-quality research, advancing knowledge and innovation which aim to benefit their country and address aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Enhancing research environments – working through relevant partners, awards will contribute towards institutional research capacity strengthening and establishing good financial grant practice in African universities and research institutions.
- Fostering collaboration and impact – establishing mutually beneficial long-term links between African Fellows and relevant UK researchers to harness the expertise of the UK research base through equitable partnerships and enhancing knowledge exchange and translation into sustainable policy and practical benefits.
- The programme will provide two years of funding and support in the first instance; subject to progress during the first two years (and continued funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund) holders may have the opportunity to apply for a renewal for an additional three years.The funding will cover salary and research and travel expenses and will allow holders to focus on developing their research with limited teaching responsibilities.In addition, FLAIR Research Fellows will receive a generous programme of support to develop them as independent research leaders including training, mentoring, opportunities to network both regionally and with the UK and to develop international collaborations.
Value of Funding and Support Provided
Each fellowship will be up to £150,000 per year. This will include:
- Funding for research fellow’s salary, research expenses, research support (excluding PhD studentships and full-time technician support), equipment, training, travel and subsistence and organizational overhead.
- In addition, the scheme will provide a wider programme of support to develop fellows as independent research leaders including training and mentoring, and opportunities to network both regionally and with the UK and develop international collaborations.
- All grants will be paid in Pound Sterling (GBP) to the African Host Organization. Currency fluctuations which result in the increases or decreases in the value of the awards are at the Host Organization and Award Holder’s risk.
How to Apply
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