Mawazo publishes a list of funding, training, conferences, and other opportunities to enhance our Scholars’ research and professional development on a rolling basis. This resource is also available to other scholars and researchers who may find the information useful. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and do feel free to contact us if you have suggestions for additional information that we should include.

December 2019

  • Call for Applications Singapore International Graduate Award 2020 Scholarships for PhD Study. The Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) is a collaboration between the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). PhD training will be carried out in English at your chosen lab at A*STAR Research Institutes, NTU, NUS or SUTD. Students will be supervised by distinguished and world-renowned researchers in these labs. Upon successful completion, students will be conferred a PhD degree by either NTU, NUS or SUTD. (Deadline: 1 December)


  • Call for Applications African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence (AUKNASE) 2019. The programme is implemented at national level for young researchers, regional level for women scientists and continental level open to all scientists. The Continental level is the highest level of the programme. The objective is to give out science awards to top African scientists for their achievements and valuable discoveries and findings in science, technology and innovation. AUKNASE reflects and underscores a success story and the critical role of science and technology in the development and integration of Africa. Under this programme prizes are awarded to top African scientists in each of the following two sectors (a) Life and Earth Science and innovation; and (b) Basic Science, Technology and Innovation at the national, regional and continental levels. (Deadline: 10 November)

  • Call for Applications The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program 2019/2020. The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program in 2008 to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health. (Deadline: 20 November)

  • Call for Applications South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR) Master & PhD Scholarships 2019/2020. A limited number of DAAD merit scholarships are available each year to applicants from Sub-Saharan African countries with an excellent academic record. Scholarships include monthly allowances plus travel allowances for Masters and PhD candidates. Tuition and registration fees are covered. (Deadline: 30 November)


  • Call for Applications Getty Foundation Scholar Grants. Getty Scholar Grants are for established scholars, or writers who have attained distinction in their fields. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they pursue their own projects free from academic obligations, make use of Getty collections, join their colleagues in a weekly meeting devoted to an annual research theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty. Applications are welcome from researchers of all nationalities who are working in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. (Deadline: 1 October)

  • Call for Applications The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship. Named in honor of NED’s principal founders, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell (D-Fl.), the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is a federally funded, international exchange program that offers democracy activists, journalists, civil society leaders, and scholars from around the world the opportunity to spend five months in residence at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), in Washington, D.C., in order to undertake independent research on democracy in a particular country or region. The program offers five-month fellowships for practitioners to improve strategies and techniques for building democracy abroad and five-month fellowships for scholars to conduct original research for publication. (Deadline: 1 October)

September 2019

  • Call for Applications Allianz Climate Risk Research Award 2019. The Allianz Climate Risk Research Award supports scientific research that improves our understanding of climate change-related risks. The 2019 Award focuses on how science can help insurers deal with extreme weather and climate risks. PhD students who are in the final stage of their research and postdoctoral researchers who have recently finished their research, are invited to apply. They welcome individual applications from the fields of natural sciences as well as economic and social sciences. (Deadline: 2 September)

  • Call for Applications Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2019 (FIFAfrica19). On September 23-26, 2019 the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) will host the sixth Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica). This landmark event convenes a spectrum of stakeholders from across the internet governance and online rights arenas in Africa and beyond to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing privacy, free expression, non-discrimination and the free flow of information online. This year, FIFAfrica will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Deadline: 6 September)

  • Call for Applications Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019/2020. The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth. The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to: attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally; develop their leadership potential; and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow. (Deadline: 18 September)

August 2019

  • Call for Applications East African Community Masters Scholarships. Applications are invited for the above name scholarship programme supported by the German Development Bank (KFW) in collaboration with the East African Community (EAC) and implemented by the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA). The goal of this initiative is to contribute towards training leaders that will foster EAC regional integration. Applicants (who must be citizens of the East African Community Partner States) are expected to study in countries other than their own in selected universities and programmes. (Deadline: 1 August)

  • Call for Applications AUC-UNDP African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme. The African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme – a partnership between the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – aims to build a new generation of young African women leaders and experts to serve Africa and the world in designing and implementing development programmes in the context of the SDGs and Agenda 2063. They are looking for 20 young African women who are ready to take up a fellowship assignment for 12 months starting from October 2019. (Deadline: 1 August)

  • Call for Applications African Investigative Journalism Conference Fellowships. The African Investigative Journalism Conference (#AIJC19) is the premier annual gathering of African investigative reporters – a three-day international conference for and about investigative journalism. It involves skills training, networking, collaboration and in-depth accounts of major investigative stories. It is hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Places are open to print and broadcast journalists with a proven track record in investigative journalism, who want to develop their investigative skills and learn from other African and international journalists. Fellows will be required to either produce a story or do a presentation in their home country, based on learnings from the conference. (Deadline: 2 August)

  • Call for Nominations The World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP) Regional Young Scientists' Prize 2019. TWAS-SAREP seeks to honour an outstanding young scientist/Investigator in health sciences who has made significant contribution to: the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable infectious diseases initiatives in developing countries. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. (Deadline: 5 August)

  • Call for Applications TED Fellows Program 2020. Every year the TED Fellows program selects a new group of extraordinary, multidisciplinary individuals by open application. Instead of business people, professionals, policy wonks and government officials, the TED Fellows program focuses on doers, makers, inventors, advocates, filmmakers and photographers, musicians and artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, NGO heads, and human rights activists. (Deadline: 27 August)

  • Call for Applications The Japan Africa Scholarship (JADS) Program. The program is a joint initiative by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Japan that aims at providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in priority development areas on the continent and abroad (including in Japan). (Deadline: 31 August)

  • Call for Applications The University of Oxford Rhodes Scholarship for Kenya. The Rhodes Scholarship programme is the oldest (established 1903) international scholarship programme in the world, and one of the most prestigious. Administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the programme offers 100 fully-funded Scholarships each year for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. (Deadline: 31 August)

  • Call for Applications University of Pretoria Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program 2019/2020. The University of Pretoria (UP) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation (MCF) is currently offering scholarships for high achieving African students interested in studying at postgraduate levels, commencing in January 2020. The program targets academically talented yet economically disadvantaged young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent through their knowledge, skills, attitudes and values evidenced by their leadership. In order to apply for the scholarship, you must have been admitted into a degree at UP. (Deadline: 31 August/17 September)

July 2019

  • Call for Speakers The World Congress on Sustainable Technologies (WCST-2019). This multidisciplinary congress will be held in London, UK, from the 09th to 11th of December, 2019. WCST-2019 will bridge efforts across the natural, social and engineering sciences, the environment and development of communities. The congress covers a wide spectrum of topics that relate to sustainability, which includes technical and non-technical research areas. It also encourages sharing new knowledge in the field of sustainable technologies and the environmental impacts. (Deadline: 1 July)

  • Call for Applications British Council new Art new Audiences (nAnA) 2019. new Art new Audiences aims to be a catalyst for the creation of new art that reaches new audiences in Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK. The call is interested in projects that showcase new art to 18 to 35-year-old audiences who haven’t seen your art before in the following art forms: architecture, design and fashion; film; music; dance and theatre; creative economy; cultural skills; literature; visual arts; and any combination of art forms. (Deadline: 1 July)

  • Call for Candidates World Federation of Neurology 2019 Fellowship at Cairo University. The World Federation of Neurology (WFN), with support from the Association of British Neurologists, is again pleased to partner with the WFN Teaching Centre – the Department of Neurology of Cairo University, Visiting Fellowship Programme for one newly trained African neurologist. The purpose is to enhance neurological training within the African continent, meet new colleagues, and foster future cooperation. The training in Cairo will be a one-year Fellowship in general neurology. Training will be conducted in English. (Deadline: 5 July) 

  • Call for Applications Goethe Institut Writer’s Residency In Burkina Faso. The Goethe-Institut/ Bureau de liaison Ouagadougou is setting up a writer’s residency for young African writers (less than 40 years) in 2019/20 in Burkina Faso. The residence is open to writers of all literary genres: novel, poetry, essay, storytelling, narration, theatre, comic, etc. The production of a text for physical or digital publication is mandatory for the authors in residence. (Deadline: 7 July)

  • Call for Applications 2019 ICFJ News Corp Media Fellowship for Global Journalists. In collaboration with The Wall Street Journal, ICFJ is offering international journalists an opportunity to participate in an innovative program that includes training on creative storytelling and offers grants to support data-driven projects.  The prize for the best project is a three-month News Corp Fellowship in New York, where the fellow will receive hands-on training and mentorship at the WSJ media science lab. (Deadline: 7 July)

  • Call for Applications KAS Media Africa Journalism Scholarship 2020. KAS Media Africa is once again calling for suitably qualified African journalists to apply for a scholarship for a post graduate Journalism degree at the prestigious University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. If you are a young African journalist eager to pursue further study and take your career to the next level, you have until 8 July 2019 to get your application in. (Deadline: 8 July)

  • Call for Proposals National Geographic Documenting Human Migrations. National Geographic is accepting applications for its Request for Proposals on documenting human migrations. There are over 65 million refugees in the world today and millions more “environmental migrants” are expected over the coming decades. These migrations are challenging social bonds and resource allocations across the world, motivating political agendas and potential backlash, but also creating new and dynamic multicultural communities. The goal of this RFP is to support impactful projects that – through education or storytelling – seek to increase understanding of and acceptance of migrants and migrant communities. Typical proposal requests should be less than $30,000; however, applicants may request up to $70,000. (Deadline: 10 July)

  • Call for Applications TWAS-ICCBS Postgraduate Fellowship Programme 2019. The International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) — comprising the H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry and the Dr. Panjwani Centre for Molecular and Drug Research in Karachi, Pakistan — and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) offer fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to pursue research towards a PhD in chemical and biological sciences. (Deadline: 15 July)

  • Call for Applications Leakey Foundation Research Grants for International Students. The Leakey Foundation exclusively funds research related specifically to human origins. Priority of funding is commonly given to exploratory phases of promising new research projects that meet the stated purpose of the Foundation. The majority of The Leakey Foundation Research Grants are awarded to doctoral students are in the $3,000-$15,000 range. Larger grants given to senior scientists and post-doctoral students may be funded up to $25,000. (Deadline: 15 July)

  • Call for Applications African Academy of Sciences (AAS) Affiliates Programme 2019. The AAS Affiliates Programme seeks early and mid-career scientists who demonstrate excellence in their development and application of science in Africa. These individuals become Affiliates of the AAS for a period of five years during which they receive individualised professional development support and join a wider community of science leaders on the African continent. Applicants must be African nationals. (Deadline: 15 July)

  • Call for Applications FRIDA/OpenGlobalRights Climate & Environmental Justice Media Fellowship 2019. In partnership with OpenGlobalRights, FRIDA is thrilled to announce Climate and Environmental Justice Media Fellowship , a five-month program designed to provide mentorship and training to Global South young feminists on climate and environmental justice activism and digital journalism. This Fellowship is for young feminists interested in amplifying the issues at the intersection of climate and environmental justice and gender rights and strengthening their critical, sharp, and influential writing. (Deadline: 15 July)

  • Call for Applications the Sense about Science John Maddox Prize. The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of individuals who promote science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around difficult topics. The winner of the John Maddox Prize receives £3000, and an announcement of the winner is published in Nature. The award is presented at a reception hosted at Wellcome Collection in November. (Deadline: 19 July)

  • Call for Applications United Nations Youth Climate Summit. The UN Youth Climate Summit is a platform for young leaders who are driving climate action to showcase their solutions at the United Nations, and to meaningfully engage with decision-makers on the defining issue of our time. This event will take place on Saturday, September 21 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, as part of a weekend of events leading up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit on Monday, September 23. (Deadline: July 19)

  • Call for Papers International Conference on Sustainable Development. This conference consists of following themes: Development, Economics, Environment and Natural Resources, Food and Agriculture, Governance, Health, Information and communication, Science and technology, Social policy and Gender equality. This will be held on 15 -16 August 2019 at the Sarova Panafric Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. (Deadline: 20 July)

  • Call for Applications Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2019/2020. The Africa Prize encourages ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to apply their skills to develop scalable solutions to local challenges, highlighting the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development. Crucial commercialisation support is awarded to a shortlist of innovative applicants through an eight-month period of training and mentoring. (Deadline: 22 July)

  • Call for Applications PASET Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) PhD Scholarships 2019. PASET-RSIF is offering up to 45 fully funded PhD scholarships at one of ten RSIF African Host Universities in the following thematic areas: ICTs including big data and artificial intelligence; Food security and agribusiness; Minerals, Mining and Materials Engineering; Energy including renewables, and Climate Change. The RSIF scholarship will be awarded in September 2019. (Deadline: 22 July)

  • Call for Applications NEF Ambassadors Programme. The NEF Ambassadors, one from each African country, drive the NEF’s local public and private engagement activities in promoting STEM in Africa. The program is designed to help NEF Ambassadors improve their profiles as emerging scientists all the while leveraging their already strong local networks and initiatives to advance the NEF's push to make science viable and cool. During their two-year tenure, they will get the opportunity to organize the NEF Africa Science Week in their respective countries. (Deadline: 31 July)

  • Call for Applications Rhodes University Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2020. The Fellowships are intended to foster existing research and scholarly or creative activities within Rhodes University departments and institutes. Although there is no age restriction, potential Fellows must hold a doctoral degree, awarded within the last five years, preferably from an institution other than Rhodes University and recognized as appropriate to the discipline for which the Fellowship is sought. (Deadline: 31 July)

  • Call for Nominations The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)─Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Prize. This annual prize, named after the TWAS Fellow Samira Omar, will recognize scientists from Least Developed Countries (LDCs). It carries a cash award of USD 4,000 generously provided by Professor Omar. The prize will honour scientists working in an area relevant to sustainability. The 2019 prize will be awarded to a women scientist national of an LDC, living and working in an LDC during the last two years immediately prior to her nomination, based on scientific achievements in any of the prize’s thematic areas. (Deadline: 31 July)

  • Call for Nominations The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Young Affiliates 2019. Every year the five TWAS Regional Partners each select up to five scientists to be Young Affiliates for a period of five years. During their tenure, Affiliates are invited to participate in TWAS general meetings and conferences as well as provide feedback to TWAS on how the Academy can respond to the needs of young scientists in developing countries. To be eligible, the nominated scientists must have PhD, be aged 40 or less on 1st January of the year in which they are selected, living and working in a developing country for at least the past three years and have an excellent track record of at least 10 international publications in peer reviewed journals. (Deadline: 31 July)

  • Call for Applications Taronga Field Conservation Grants. Every two years, Taronga Conservation Society Australia awards funding to projects and programs that demonstrate measurable conservation outcomes in the field — anywhere in the world. Taronga Field Conservation Grants are open to NGOs, community groups and individuals who have a new or established conservation project that could benefit from funding and expert support. For 2019, Taronga will support the best in-the-field conservation programs with grants of up to AU$20,000 from a total of AU$200,000. (Deadline: 31 July)

  • Call for Submissions The Economist’s Open Future Initiative Essay Contest. The Economist’s Open Future initiative was begun last year to make the case for political, economic and social freedoms at a time when these values are under assault. As part of the initiative we are holding an essay contest. (The essay question is: What fundamental economic and political change, if any, is needed for an effective response to climate change?). It is open to people between 16 and 25 years old. Essays should be no longer than 1,000 words. (Deadline: 31 July)