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)

  • 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)

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 Papers and Proposals InterSol 2020 4th International Conference on Innovations and Interdisciplinary Solutions for Underserved Areas. Interdisciplinary Solutions (InterSol) is an international conference dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary researches that address people’s needs in underserved areas. The fourth edition of the conference (InterSol2020) will be held on March 8-9, 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya. The purpose is to highlight the strong voices of African social, natural, and physical scientists. Questions range from the impacts of infrastructure developments, to what is the current state of climate change disaster risk preparedness, and how is this evidence base translated into decision-making processes that result in flourishing biodiversity, and prosperous, meaningful livelihoods. (Deadline: 16 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 The Inter-University Council for East Africa's East African Community Masters Scholarships. Applications are invited for the above named 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. Thematic areas: 1) Mathematics, 2) Engineering, 3) Informatics, 4) Science, 5) Technology and 6) Business Science. (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 Applications African Studies Centre Leiden Visiting Fellowship Programme 2020. This joint fellowship aims to attract researchers whose work is informed by current theoretical debates in the social sciences and humanities over global connectivities and who are able to critically engage with shifting paradigms in 'area studies' beyond the ways in which these have traditionally been conceived in the West. Visiting research fellows use their time in Leiden for data analysis and/or writing, often on a joint project with one or more ASCL staff members. A visiting research fellowship is for a maximum of 90 days. (Deadline: 4 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 ygap yher Africa Accelerator Program 2019. ygap is searching for the most ambitious, game changing, female-led impact ventures in Africa. Their exclusive accelerator program aims to back female-led impact ventures across Africa. The yher Accelerator Program is a powerful opportunity for passionate female impact entrepreneurs in Africa who are at the early stages of building businesses and organisations that exist to change their communities, with a preference for those who are improving the lives of women and girls in Africa. (Deadline: 15 August)

  • Call for Applications MIT GOV/LAB-Busara Center “Behavioral Science in the Field” Course. The Busara Center for Behavioural Economics and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) GOV/LAB are offering an exciting short course training program that’s fully funded by MIT in partnership with Busara on “Behavioral Science in the Field”. Graduate students from MIT and from universities in East Africa will receive training in cutting-edge behavioral science research. The course, that will be based primarily in Nairobi, will provide students, from universities in East Africa, with practical experience in implementing a lab in the field experiment. To apply, kindly send an e-mail to stanley.ngugi@busaracenter.org, which should include; an updated resume/CV; a motivation letter speaking to your research interests; and a letter of recommendation from a supervisor or university instructor that can speak to your professional or academic background. Alternatively fill in the application form for East African researchers. (Deadline: 15 August)

  • Call for Papers Education Evidence for Action (EE4A) Conference 2019. From November 27-29, 2019, Education Evidence for Action (EE4A), a coalition of civil society organizations, academics, and government officials under the Ministry of Education (MOE), will host its biannual policy conference in Machakos, Kenya. EE4A has previously organized two biennial policy conferences in 2015 and 2017, and its third conference in 2019 will serve as a proactive strategy to link education evidence to policy and action. (Deadline: 15th August)

  • Call for Applications CDT-Africa PhD fellowship for African Women. The Centre for Innovative Drug Development and Therapeutic Trials for Africa (CDT-Africa) is a World Bank supported centre of excellence for education and research at Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. CDT-Africa and Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathobiology at Addis Ababa University are partnering for joint research and education programs, amongst which is providing PhD and MSc fellowship opportunities to outstanding students. As part of this partnership, CDT-Africa plans to provide financial and technical support to African women who would be admitted to pursue PhD in Tropical and Infectious Diseases at Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathobiology, Addis Ababa University, for the 2019/20 academic year. (Deadline: 16 August)

  • Call for Applications CONNECTED/ITTA Vector and Virus Diagnostics Training Course 2019 for Early Career Researchers. Early career researchers working on plant disease carried by insect vectors can now apply for full funding to attend a five-day introductory level vector and virus diagnostics course in Ibadan, Nigeria, in November 2019, which is being run by CONNECTED in association with The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Newcastle University, and The Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK. All CONNECTED network members who are early career researchers are eligible to apply (especially those from developing countries). Membership in the CONNECTED network is open to anyone interested. (Deadline: 18 August)

  • Call for Applications Economix Global Economic Challenges Paper and Essay Competition 2019. The 17th Economix: Global Economic Challenges promotes “Inequality in the Modern Era: An Unresolved Question” as this year competition’s grand theme. The competition will provide its participants the chance to test their brilliant ideas, gain new insights, and enhance their personal skills on pressing issues related to our grand theme. As the main competition, participants will be challenged to create a research paper and present it in front of experts. In doing so, participants will have to analyze three main subthemes centered around the issues surrounding gender inequality, the digital divide, and political instability and populism as a result of inequality. This international competition is opened to all undergraduate students from universities all over the world. (Deadline: 18 August)

  • Call for Applications Big Data for Development (BD4D) Innovation Challenge. The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI), in partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), is launching the Big Data for Development (BD4D) Innovation Challenge. The BD4D Innovation Challenge aims to support emerging young African data scientists to develop innovative solutions that leverage new and non-traditional sources of data to address development challenges. (Deadline: 21 August)

  • Call for Applications Bankable Frontier Associates (BFA) Social Science Researcher. BFA is seeking an experienced social science researcher to lead research projects in financial services and the digital economy, mostly in developing countries. BFA’s work typically combines qualitative and quantitative methods. The researcher would be expected to be familiar with both, and possess a high degree of competence with statistical reasoning. The researcher would be responsible for the research design, analysis and conclusions while execution would normally be undertaken by a research firm, but the researcher may be called upon to supervise fieldwork. (Deadline: 23 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 Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme 2020/21. The aims of the Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme are to nurture future African leaders, women and men, to develop in-country capacity to achieve national SDG goals, and to build positive relationships between Ireland and Africa. The programme offers selected students the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded one-year master’s programme at a prestigious higher education institution (HEI) in Ireland. The award covers course fees, flights, and accommodation and living costs. Eligible master's courses in Ireland commence in August or September each year and, depending on the course, will run for between 10 and 16 months. (Deadline: 28 August)

  • Call for Applications UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference 2019. The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) Bonn International Conference – "Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management in Africa: Challenges, Applications, Partnerships" – aims to contribute to an increased use of big space data approaches and satellite-based application in African countries to respond to challenges posed by natural hazards. The deadline for applicants seeking funding is 30 August 2019. The deadline for self-funded applicants is 18 October 2019. (Deadline: 30 August)

  • Call for Papers Social Policy in Africa Conference 2019. The organizers of the 2019 Social Policy in Africa Conference invite abstracts and papers on the theme of the conference, “Governance of Africa’s Social Policy: Subverting Development and Democracy?”. Papers and the conference will address a wide range of issues in the sphere of inclusive development in Africa—from the different national and regional modes of governance of the African social policy space, to the drivers of policy preferences and the dynamics of social policy making, to the nature of politics and the public sphere necessary for economic transformation, human flourishing, and new forms of social compact in 21st century Africa. The 2019 Social Policy in Africa Conference will take place on 25-27 November 2019 at the University of South Africa, City of Tshwane, South Africa. (Deadline: 30 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)