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 WinterSchool for Thinktankers 2020 – Geneva. The WinterSchool for Thinktankers (WISCH) is designed to deepen your think tank knowledge and prepare for future leadership roles.It offers practical skills, opportunities and networks to help you and your think tank grow in core areas such as fundraising, communications, financial management, policy engagement and more. WISCH 2020 takes place 2-8 February, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Deadline: 1 December)

  • Call for Applications NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service African Women's Public Service Fellowship. The African Women’s Public Service Fellowship, made possible by a donation from the Oprah Winfrey Foundation and operated by the New York University (NYU) Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, expands the opportunity for African women to impact for public service in their home countries. The Fellowship provides full tuition, fees, housing, travel to and from the United States, and a small stipend to cover books and miscellaneous expenses. Fellowship recipients commit to return to their respective home countries at the conclusion of the program with the goal of assuming a leadership position on the continent where they can meaningfully contribute to the challenges currently confronting Africa. (Deadline: 2 December)

  • Call for Applications Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) is a fellowship program for African institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda to host an African-born academic currently living in the United States or Canada and working at institutions of higher education to work in projects in research collaboration, graduate student teaching/mentoring and curriculum co-development. (Deadline: 9 December)

  • Call for Applications The Ashinaga Africa Initiative. The Ashinaga Africa Initiative began in 2014. Its mission is to contribute to Sub-Saharan Africa’s expanding role in global development through increasing access to higher education abroad. We support orphaned students who are committed to returning home and initiating change, by providing access to full financial support to study at a university abroad (equivalent to an undergraduate degree). Ashinaga support covers tuition, accommodation, travel costs, and other necessary fees. (Deadline: 13 December)


  • Call for Applications The Smithsonian Institution Fellows Program. The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program offers opportunities for independent research or study related to Smithsonian collections, facilities, and/or research interests of the Institution and its staff. Fellowships are offered to graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators (of any nationality) to conduct independent research and to utilize the resources of the Institution with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff serving as advisors and hosts. (Deadline: 1 November)

  • Call for Applications Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships. Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships are for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country. Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK. (Deadline: 6 November)

  • Call for Applications Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowships. Schlumberger Foundation is accepting new applications for the 2020–2021 for Faculty for the Future fellowships. The Faculty for the Future program, launched in 2004, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctoral research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at leading universities worldwide. (Deadline: 7 November)

  • 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 Abstracts Ontario International Development Agency International Conference on Sustainable Development 2019. The International Conference on Sustainable Development 2019 is jointly presented by International Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Law (ICIRL),Centre for Research in Social Justice and Policy (CRSJP) at Laurentian University and Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA) in Canada and Montclair State University. The International Conference on Sustainable Development consists of following themes: 1. Development, 2. Economics, 3. Environment and Natural Resources, 4. Food and Agriculture, 5. Governance, 6. Health, 7. Information and communication, 8. Science and technology, 9. Social policy, 10. Gender equality. (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 AREF/EDCTP Preparatory Fellowships. The purpose of the Preparatory Fellowship from the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) and the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) is to enhance the competitiveness of up-and-coming post-doctoral sub-Saharan African scientists and clinicians aspiring to receive international/regional/national fellowships or grant support. The AREF/EDCTP Preparatory Fellowship targets outstanding early-career researchers residing in or wishing to relocate to sub-Saharan Africa, who demonstrate independent scientific thinking and have potential to deliver locally relevant research with measurable impact. (Deadline: 27 November)

  • Call for Applications University of Edinburgh Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. In partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, the University of Edinburgh will provide 200 full scholarships (both undergraduate and postgraduate) to students from Africa with great academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities. On top of the scholarship, the Scholars Program facilitates transformative leadership programming to inspire and support Scholars in making change in their communities and countries on their return home. (Deadline: November 29)

  • 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)

  • Call for Applications Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program. The Johnson & Johnson Scholars Award Program aims to fuel development of female STEM2D leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their careers, in each of the STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design. The awards will fund one woman per STEM2D discipline who has completed her advanced degree, who is working as an assistant professor (or global equivalent faculty position) and who is not yet tenured at an accredited university, institution or design school. (Deadline: 3 October)

  • Call for Applications The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) Africa-India Mobility Fund. The Africa-India Mobility Fund (AIMF) is a two-year programme designed to provide researchers from Africa and India with opportunities for short visits in either direction to explore opportunities for building and strengthening scientific collaboration. The AIMF initiative by the African Academy of Sciences and the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance (India Alliance) intends to encourage South-South collaborations and learning between the two ecosystems. This is in recognition of the fact that Africa and India face similar challenges, both in the diseases that affect their populations and socio-political issues as well as the leadership required to address these. (Deadline: 4 October)

  • Call for PhD Proposals on Transformative Innovation, the 4th Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development. The University of Johannesburg is inviting proposals for PhD research projects under a five-year programme “Transformative Innovation, the 4th Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development”. Funded by the South African National Research Foundation and the British Council, the programme is a research collaboration between the University of Johannesburg, the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) in Nairobi and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex in the UK. (Deadline: 6 October)

  • Call for Proposals National Geographic AI For Earth Innovation Grants. The National Geographic Society and Microsoft’s AI for Earth program are partnering to support novel projects that create and deploy AI tools to improve the way we monitor, model, and ultimately manage Earth’s natural systems for a more sustainable future. The grants given by the partnership will support projects that create and deploy open source trained models and algorithms that make key analytical processes more efficient in the environmental field. Proposals may request $5,000 to $100,000. The budgets of successful proposals will include reasonable, well-justified costs directly required to complete the project. (Deadline: 9 October) 

  • Call for Applications Lamborghini Future FAB Award. The Lamborghini Female Advisory Board (FAB) was born from a forward-thinking vision of the modern world, and an appreciation of the vital contribution female thought leaders make to every industry. Since its foundation in 2018, more than 100 influential women from all over the world have attended a series of FAB meetings, workshops and events. Creating a sisterhood and bonding over a desire to help shape the future. The Future FAB Award is a competition open to women under 30 from all over the world. It is divided into art and design, sustainability, technology, and entrants are invited to submit a paper to introduce their project or innovative idea in one of the three categories. The winner of each category will receive training and the support of FAB members. (Deadline: 14 October)

  • Call for Applications Iso Lomso Fellowships for Early Career African Researchers 2019. The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study’s Iso Lomso fellowships provide an exceptional early career opportunity for Africa’s brightest minds in academia. The three-year programme is aimed at African scholars who have obtained a doctoral degree within the preceding seven years and who hold an academic position at a university or research institution anywhere in Africa. Candidates should have established a research programme and have completed a post-doctoral fellowship or equivalent post-PhD programme. All disciplines are considered. (Deadline: 15 October)

  • Call for Applications Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) Fellowships. The Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) at the University of Ghana is dedicated to research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, with ‘Sustainable Governance’ as its central topic. Overarching aims of MIASA are working towards a reduction of global asymmetries in knowledge production and bridging the cultural divide between anglophone and francophone Africa. MIASA has recently extended the deadline for: 1 Interdisciplinary Fellow Group (4 months), 2 German-West African Tandem Fellowships (3-5 months), and 10 Individual Fellowships (3-5 months) at the University of Ghana. (Deadline: 15 October)

  • Call for Papers Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) Conference 2020. The CSAE Conference is an annual three day event with a broad focus on issues that are relevant for economic development in Africa. Papers addressing economic analysis relevant for economic development in Africa are invited for consideration. Papers discussing countries other than those in Africa are welcome, however, they must deal with issues central to Africa. (Deadline: 18 October)

  • Call for Applications The African Union’s Humanitarian Innovation Challenge. The African Union, Humanitarian Affairs, Refugees and Displaced Persons Division of the Department of Political Affairs, is organizing an “Humanitarian Innovation Challenge" to identify five promising digital technology-based ideas which tackle forced displacement or other humanitarian challenges in Africa. The challenge is part of the activities of AU’s theme of the Year 2019: The Year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa. The innovations are also expected to tackle other aspects of humanitarian challenges including man-made/natural disasters in Africa e.g. conflicts, famine, droughts, floods, epidemics, etc. (Deadline: 18 October)

  • Call for Applications Columbia University Peace and Social Change Fellowship Program. The Peace and Social Change Fellowship Program is designed to bring together activists, practitioners and academics to learn from and with each other, strengthen relationships, and exchange ideas with other grassroots women change makers from across diverse contexts and geographies. This 2020 call for applications is open to African grassroots activists working broadly on the issue of peace and security. The fellowship will begin with a three-day Peace and Social Change workshop that will take place in Nairobi, Kenya in January 2020. After the January workshop, the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) program staff will facilitate six months of ongoing communication among the fellowship cohort via webinars and email. (Deadline: 23 October)

  • Call for Applications Pilot African Postgraduate Academy (PAPA) Fellowships. “Point Sud, Muscler le savoir local”, a Bamako based Institute for Advanced Studies, invites applications for a three year fellowship from early career scholars based at African universities. Successful applicants will be part of a cohort of 15 early career scholars in the Pilot African Postgraduate Academy (PAPA). The programme aims at fostering among promising early career African scholars in the social sciences and humanities a commitment to the value of scholarship for its own sake, cultivating their interest in conceptual understanding and promoting an orientation towards the use of knowledge acquired in Africa to contribute to the further development of science in general. (Deadline: 31 October)

  • Call for Applications Henri Poincaré Junior Program. The Henri Poincaré Junior Program of Côte d’Azur Observatory offers internships for international students wishing to perform a scientific training in one of the laboratories of the observatory. The laureates will receive up to 2200 euros for a training period of 2 months or more during the first half of 2020. Applicants have to be students in Masters or PhD programs (or equivalent) and from a country where astrophysical and Earth sciences are in development. Interested students should contact an OCA researcher in their discipline who prepares and files the application. (Deadline: 31 October)

  • Call for Applications Open Africa Power 2020. Open Africa Power is an education venture initiated by Enel Foundation in 2018 in partnership with top Academic institutions in Italy and Africa, aiming to forge a new generation of African leaders deeply engaged with their country’s clean energy future. The Open Africa Power Program provides high-profile African graduates with a holistic knowhow of the electricity sector, enhancing the technical, regulatory and business skills required to work in the private and public sector towards the electrification of Africa. The 2020 edition will engage up to 60 African students and alumni in a series of professional development and leadership activities, comprising residential modules in South Africa and Italy. (Deadline: 31 October)

  • Call for Applications Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust Grants. Each year, the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust awards a number of grants to individuals undertaking nature conservation projects. Projects may involve practical habitat or species management, research, training, education, awareness raising or campaigning. The Trust awards grants to both UK and overseas projects, and they typically range in value from £500 to £1,500. (Deadline: 31 October)

  • Call for Applications Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust Awards. Whitley Awards are for dynamic mid-career conservationists who are leading wildlife conservation projects in developing countries. Winners tend to be nationals of the country in which they are working, and are looking to scale up work that is proven to be effective and would benefit from further funding and profile boost. To be eligible, projects must involve local communities at the grassroots level and deliver practical action that is founded on science. Whitley Awards are worth £40,000 GBP in funding to be spent on projects over one year. (Deadline: 31 October)

  • Call for Applications UNESCO ICT in Education Prize. The UNESCO Prize for the Use of ICT in Education recognizes innovative approaches in leveraging new technologies to expand educational and lifelong learning opportunities for all, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Goal 4 on education. Established in 2005 with the support of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Prize rewards individuals and organizations that are implementing outstanding projects and promoting the creative use of technologies to enhance learning, teaching and overall educational performance in the digital age. Each prizewinner receives US$ 25,000, a medal and a diploma during a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. (Deadline: 31 October)

  • Call for Applications The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. The Fund has been established to provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives, recognize leaders in the field and elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate. Its focus is global and eligibility for grants will extend to all plant, animal and fungi species conservation efforts, without discrimination on the basis of region or selected species. However, it is very competitive indeed with only around 12% of applicants in 2018 receiving a grant. Grants will be awarded based on their ability to meet criteria pre-determined by the Species Fund, and are for maximum of $25,000 for each project. (Deadline: 31 October)