On 15 May, the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Royal Society, with support from the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund launched the sub-Saharan Africa grant scheme, Future Leaders – African Independent Researchers (FLAIR) Fellowships. The scheme offers postdoctoral fellowships to talented African early career researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their field to enable them to develop an independent research career in a sub-Saharan African institution.
The aims of the FLAIR fellowship programme are:
- 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 covering natural sciences.
- 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 aims 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 grants practice in African universities and research institutions.
- Fostering collaboration and impact – establishing mutually beneficial long-term links between African Fellows and 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 applications close on 20 June 2018.
- To learn more: https://www.aasciences.ac.ke/aesa/en/programmes/flair/
- To apply: https://grants.royalsociety.org
- Scheme notes: https://royalsociety.org/~/media/grants/schemes/FLAIR-2019-scheme-notes.pdf
- Conditions of the award: https://royalsociety.org/~/media/grants/schemes/Conditions-of-Award-FLAIR.pdf