Tailored opportunities: PhD position in veterinary public health and food safety

Details here.

Testimony of achievement and supporting documents from our brother Tesfay Gidey Congratulations Tesfay and thank you for sharing your achievements with us. I kindly request any other benefited follower to do the same as Tesfay

My testimony on benefits of the African Academic/Researcher platform

The African Academic/Researcher is an important engine for academician and researchers who are continuously looking fellowship and conference opportunities, and hunting funds for projects in Ethiopia and generally in Africa. The platform is providing different unique benefits for its followers such as almost a daily notification of opportunities via email, social media (e.g. Facebook); tailored opportunity; detail description of opportunities. I know several of my friends and colleagues have been benefiting from the platform in getting national and international conferences and fellowships. Specifically, I have benefited from the African Academic/Researcher platform to get both international conference and funds for my project. Back in 2019, as a result of the information given by the African Academic/Researcher, I got an opportunity to participate and present my research works in the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry in May 2019, Montpellier, France. Furthermore, following the opportunity calls shared by the platform, I applied my conservational project to the Van Tienhoven foundation, based in the Netherlands. My project was then being funded by the foundation. I am a real evidence that how the African Academic/Researcher is benefiting academicians and researchers (especially in developing countries-Africa)  in getting up-to-date national and international opportunities to achieve their long-term dreams.

Tesfay Gidey

Adigrat University, Tigray

Tailored Opportunities: Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI) For Capacity Building in African Countries


The Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI) aims to support early-career scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa, with particular emphasis on Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The grants, which are normally provided for a period of 24 months, may be used to purchase scientific equipment, consumables, which can include fieldwork and maintenance of equipment and specialized literature (textbooks and proceedings).

The new programme is aimed at young scientists who are getting established in their country or about to return home to an academic position. Under this scheme, grants are awarded to promising high-level research projects in Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Information Computer Technology, Mathematics, Medical Sciences and Physics carried out in African countries lagging in science and technology identified by TWAS.

Awarded PIs may also support MSc student as part of the project, request funding for international conference grant, industrial link grant, mobility grant and open access publication grant. 

The programme has an additional component which seeks to enhance the productivity of female scientists returning to academia after a maternity leave, scientist-after-child grant.

The applicant should be PhD holder and the age limit is 40 years.


  • Applying Principal Investigators must be nationals of an eligible country, who holds a PhD and has good research experience. The grant should operate within a university or a research institution in one of the African countries lagging in science and technology. The PI must be 40 or under. The PI must have obtained their Ph.D. within the last 5 years in a country other than their home country.
  • The PI must have returned to their home country (refer to list in the guidelines) within the last 36 months or will return home before the end of 2021.
  • The PI must hold, be offered or be in the process of accepting a position at an academic and/or research institution (including international research centers) in their home country.
  • The PI must be national of an eligible African country that is lagging in science and technology (refer to list in the guidelines).


The application deadline is 27 July 2021


SG-NAPI grant applications, once the call opens will need to be submitted online by clicking on the “Apply Now” link at the bottom of this page. 


Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI) is fully funded by The German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Research Grants to research units amount to a maximum of USD 67,700.

Tailored Opportunities: Essential Grant Writing Skills Workshop Series for Women Scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa


The Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) works to support a diverse community of scientists across Africa, this call is specifically open for women researchers. AREF welcomes applications for this Workshop from female researchers who are actively working on challenges to human health and are trained and experienced in one or more of the following disciplines: biomedicine; physiology and pharmacology; clinical sciences; epidemiology; mathematics and statistics; environmental health; “one health” (veterinary science); behavioural, social and economic sciences; and health policy and systems research. To ensure diversity, inclusivity and equity across research organizations, a maximum of two participants will be selected for any one employing institution.


  • For an applicant to be eligible for this opportunity should fulfil the following requirements.
  • She is a citizen of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • She has been either awarded a research doctorate (PhD/DPhil/MD) from a recognized academic institution within the previous 6 years. i.e. awarded on or after 1 January 2015 or a medical/clinical qualification plus a research-relevant Master’s degree awarded within the previous 6 years.
  • She is currently employed in Sub-Saharan Africa by a recognised university and/or specialist research institution.
  • She has not participated already in equivalent proposal development / grant-writing training.


Deadline is 08 July 2021 16:00 hours BST & result will be announced by 4 August 2021

The workshop will be held 13 to 17 September 2021 and 18 October to 20 October 2021


To apply, please click on this link to download the Application Form. Send the Form and accompanying documents to aref@aref-africa.org.uk

Your application will be assessed using the following kinds of evidence:

  • Your research experience, outputs and other achievements as an emerging researcher up to now. How you will use the training to achieve your personal vision for your development as a scientist who can address key health challenges important to Sub-Saharan Africa. How you will “cascade”, i.e. to pass on, the knowledge and skills you have gained from the workshop. Practical support committed by your sponsor(s) or mentor(s). Good English command.


Participants will be provided with appropriate learning materials including preparatory exercises before the first session and between sessions. Each session will be delivered through Zoom or an equivalent platform. Participants will work in on-line groups and subgroups. This is an intensive and interactive programme that is designed to produce tangible progress towards a grant proposal by the end of the workshop series. 


If you have any enquiries, contact AREF via aref@aref-africa.org.uk 

Discover more: https://www.africaresearchexcellencefund.org.uk/essential-grant-writing-skills-workshop-series-for-women-scientists

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Greetings: Hello Dear esteemed followers and contributors

How are you doing? How are things going on with you? We hope this message will find you in a good health. Today, we want your feedback/suggestions on the service we are providing through our blog (The African Academic researcher).

The immediate question that comes from policy makers and officials is how beneficial is your service/blog? How many individuals have benefited from your blog so far? Is there a possibility to arrange a session where the beneficiaries can witness about the opportunities and the potential benefits that is derived from this blog and many more questions can be asked?

The one and the only one answer to these questions the feedback that we get from our esteemed followers or those who start to benefit from our blog. You are our ambassadors to help us improve our service to be more client or customer oriented. It is difficult for us to know who is benefiting from our service (who applied and who got accepted for his application).

Hence, we kindly request each of you to write all the benefits/opportunities you gained through our blog in the comment box (at the bottom of the page) or possibly, you can send to our emails, you can find our emails in the contact button (at the top of the page). This has two-fold importance, one we will be able to know what is going and the aforementioned questions will be answered either partly or fully. Moreover, it will also help us to work harder and systematically than ever before. Second, words of mouth are among the least cost means of promotion and when you report your achievements from the service we provide, others will develop the courage to follow and benefit from our blog because “seeing is believing”. Please find the link for the online questionnaire at the bottom of this page and we kindly request you to fill it.

We did it because we do care about you. In the same fashion, you should also care about others, your colleagues and friends and let them benefit from the service we provide. At least try to tell to one person that you care about and if it goes this way then it will be possible to make everyone beneficiary from our service and thereby enhance the capacity of our staff members and beyond as our scope is to benefit academicians and researchers in developing countries.

Thank you all for taking time to read this long message and forwarding your feedback!!!

N.B: I have seen some of you have filled the online questionnaire, however, neither did I include questions that deals with name, organization, and email address nor did I provided my email address as a result it became difficult for me to reach to those of you who filled the online question immediately after I posted it (one of them replied that he got job opportunity and the other replied that he got Scholarship Opportunity). Therefore, I kindly request every follower (those who already filled and those who did not) to fill this modified online questionnaire. Please find here the link for the online questionnaire. Tailored academic and research opportunities for Researchers and Academicians in Developing Countries – Google Forms   

Tailored Opportunities: Global Event on Restoring Africa’s Drylands

Restoring Africa’s Drylands: Accelerating Action on the Ground


Africa’s drylands are the birthplace of some of the world’s most extraordinary civilizations and species, from ancient kingdoms to wild elephants to “miracle grains” like millet and sorghum — but climate change has not been kind to these landscapes.

Who should join?

GLF Africa invites practitioners, farmer organizations, Indigenous Peoples, community leaders, researchers, policymakers, financial investors, the private sector, civil society organizations, youth groups, activists, conservation and development organizations, amongst others, who are actively engaged in, interested in, and dedicated to the scaling of, dryland restoration in Africa.




A new era for Africa’s drylands

On 2-3 June 2021, GLF will host the first-ever digital conference focused entirely on Africa’s drylands and how integrative restoration practices can see them flourish once again. Join in for inspiring speakers, the latest science, concerts, film screenings, virtual tours, networking, and the unexpected discoveries that always form part of a Global Landscapes Forum event.

GLF Africa: Restoring Africa’s Drylands will be held just before the official launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which runs from 2021 to 2030.


Visit this link to apply or get your free ticket: GLF Africa: Restoring Africa’s Drylands – Global Landscapes Forum Events


Connect local experience with the highest levels of global policy to bridge the distance between actors, sectors and scales. Share existing knowledge on drylands restoration and identify knowledge gaps. Learn what tools or practices are needed to effectively reverse our global history of ecosystem degradation, with its high cost for human livelihoods, climate resilience and regional political stability. Act to combat further deterioration, and bend the curve towards net positive restoration across Africa and beyond.