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.

July 2019

  • 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)

april 2019

  • Call for Proposals African Research Leader awards. The UK Medical Research Council (MRC)/ Department for International Development (DFID) jointly funded scheme aims to strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by attracting and retaining exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high-quality programmes of research on key global health issues pertinent to SSA. (Deadline: 9 April)

  • Call for Abstracts Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) 2019 Graduate Student Conference. Theme:  Living Thought at the Meeting of Fieldwork and Theory. They welcome papers/chapters in, or better still, criss-crossing the disciplinary fields of literary and cultural studies, political economy, political studies and history. This conference will be held on 28-29 June 2019. (Deadline: 30 April)

  • Call for Applications 2019 Cohort One Planet Fellowship. This is an initiative of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) that seeks to build a vibrant, highly connected, and inter-generational network of African and European scientist leaders equipped to use a gender lens help Africa’s smallholder farmers adapt to a changing climate. (Deadline: 30 April)

MARCH 2019


  • Call for Applications Advanced Training For Multi-Method & Policy Oriented Research. The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) is currently accepting applications for the April 2019 Advanced Training for Multi-Method and Policy Oriented Research. This includes: Advanced Research Design, Applied Quantitative Research Methods, Comparative Case Study Analysis. This training is relevant to African academics, researchers, PhD students, the civil society, media, government departments and policy actors  interested in broadening their knowledge and skills in the design and execution of policy oriented research. Training dates are from 3 -18 April 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. (Deadline: 3 February)

  • Call for Applications Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships. These 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), these 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: 4 February)

  • Call for Applications CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars. This program provides funding and support to help Scholars build their network and develop essential skills to become the next generation of research leaders. (Deadline: 5 February)

  • Call for Registration Africa Energy Indaba Solutions for Africa Conference and Exhibition. The Africa Energy Indaba Conference will discuss, debate and seek solutions to enable adequate energy generation across the continent. This conference will take place from 19 - 20 February 2019 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • Call for Registration Africa Energy Indaba Women in Energy Conference. This conference has be designed to aid the increase in leadership and development of women involved in the African energy space. This one day forum will provide a platform for women to network, share their knowledge, discuss achievements and encourage the advancement of women across all sectors of the energy industry. This will be held on 18 February 2019 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • Call for Applications Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx) Visiting Fellows Program. This program is designed to enhance academic mobility and network building. The program supports African scholars and researchers working in any discipline to spend periods of flexible time in Oxford, for example as sabbatical leave for utilising library or other university facilities or undertaking or planning collaborative research with Oxford based colleagues. (Deadline: 8 February)

  • Call for Applications 1-year research grants to 15 African climate researchers of up to USD 130,000. The Climate Research for Development (CR4D) in Africa initiative by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and its partners will give 15 African researchers grants to conduct research on impacts of climate change in Africa. (Deadline: 10 February)

  • Call for Applications Three-Year Doctoral Training in Insect and Related Sciences for Development. The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya, in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme and African university partners, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for PhD scholarships in the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS). (Deadline: 11 February)

  • Call for Applications 2019-2020 Policy Communication Fellowship. Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) are now accepting applications for their 2019-2020 Policy Communication Fellows Program. The program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It is open to individuals from developing countries currently enrolled in academic institutions pursuing doctoral programs and who are between their 3rd and 5th year of studies. (Deadline: 12 February)

  • Call for Applications Swedish Institute Management Programme Africa. Are you a change-maker? Do you want to be a part of a network of progressive business leaders? Join the Swedish Institute Management Programme for new perspectives on lasting success through responsible leadership and sustainable business. (Deadline: 22 February)

  • Call for Applications PhD Scholarships in Health Management. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in collaboration with The Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL), KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) and Strathmore University are pleased to announce that they are offering up to 5  PhD scholarships in Health Management. (Deadline: 24 February)

  • Call for Applications AIMS NEI Fellowship Program for Women in Climate Change Science. The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS NEI) is pleased to invite interested female scientists to apply for the second round of the AIMS NEI Fellowships for Women in Climate Change Science (WiCCS). Climate change – including global warming – poses significant threats to humanity. The AIMS NEI Fellowship Program for Women in Climate Change Science (WiCCS) seeks to increase women’s participation in, and contribution to a more sustainable societal response to climate change. (Deadline: 28 February)


  • Call for Applications 2019 African Youth Energy Innovator. Africa Energy Indaba is proud to present the third African Youth Energy Innovator Showcase in 2019. The contest is open to 18 to 35 year old individuals from across Africa; and the submitted innovations should address the key areas of energy security, environmental sustainability, energy equity and job creation. (Deadline: 4 January)

  • Call for Applications Commonwealth Foundation Grants. The Commonwealth Foundation offers grants of up to £200,000 over four years in support of innovative project ideas and approaches that seek to strengthen the ability of civic voices to engage with governments and that have the potential to improve governance and development outcomes through their active participation. (Deadline: 7 January)

  • Call for Applications ECA Fellowship for Young African Professionals. ECA is the regional arm of the United Nations in Africa. In its efforts to reposition itself as a Think Tank of choice in Africa, ECA seeks to engage bright young Africans for skills development through a fellowship programme within ECA’s work programme. This fellowship initiative is in line with the Commission’s effort to assist member States develop their capacities in economic and social policy research, development, implementation, analysis, governance, and monitoring and evaluation. (Deadline: 9 January)

  • Call for Submission British Institute of Eastern Africa (BIEA) from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Theme: African Urban Futures. BIEA will be hosting a conference with the African Urban Futures theme on 22-23 March 2019. They also welcome submissions for a 20 minute presentation of research or artwork. If you would like to make a presentation please send an abstract of between 200-300 words on the theme of the presentation. (Deadline: 10 January)

  • Call for Proposals African Peacebuilding Network (APN) -Social Science Research Council 2019 Research Grants. In order to advance African debates on peacebuilding and promote African perspectives, the APN offers competitive research grants annually and is currently accepting grant proposals for the 2019 cycle. (Deadline: 12 January)

  • Call for Applications Johnson & Johnson Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0. Johnson & Johnson has launched the Champions of Science Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0, a continent-wide competition calling on African innovators to submit ideas for innovative technologies, products and solutions that have the potential to create positive impact for African communities. (Deadline: 16 January)

  • Call for Applications for the 2019 TechWomen Program. TechWomen empowers, connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls in their communities. (Deadline: 16 January)

  • Call for Applications Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Fellowship Programme. The NEF Fellows programme consists of Africa’s most brilliant young scientists that the NEF showcases on the global stage. The NEF Fellows programme provides these brilliant young minds with the opportunity to present their research and draw upon the vast networks of NEF members and participants for support, connections and advice to advance their work. (Deadline: 27 January)

  • Call for Applications Johnson & Johnson Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0. Johnson & Johnson has launched the Champions of Science Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0, a continent-wide competition calling on African innovators to submit ideas for innovative technologies, products and solutions that have the potential to create positive impact for African communities. (Deadline: 31 January)



  • Call for Abstracts The Beyond Sciences Initiative (BSI). BSI will be hosting its 4th Annual Remote Conference: Science & Society from February 9-10, 2019. This conference will take place online and allow individuals from across the globe to share their research and network free of charge. (Deadline: 30 November)

  • Call for Abstracts by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) for the Quality Promotion Conference 2019. This conference will take place from 26-28 February 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa. The theme for the conference is “Promoting Academic Integrity in Higher Education.” (Deadline: 30 November)

  • The Branco Weiss Fellowship – Society in Science is a unique postdoc program. It awards young researchers around the world with a generous personal research grant, giving them the freedom to work on whatever topic they choose anywhere in the world, for up to five years. (Open)

  • An opportunity for African scientists, researchers or students  to their make work, preliminary research results, or data openly available on AfricArxiv. (Open)

  • (RUFORUM call) Call for manuscripts: African Journal for Rural Development(AFJRD). This is an online open access scientific journal that publishes articles on a quarterly basis (March, June, September, December). It is a multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal with an ultimate purpose of sharing and increasing the depth of knowledge on aspects of sustainable rural development. Regular articles, short communications and reviews accepted. (Open)

  • IBM Digital-Nation Africa (D-NA) For JKUAT. Register for free, Learn for free. All Courses are free. Courses included: Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), Cybersecurity, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Coding. (Open)

  •  Call for Proposals USAID Grant Funding for Development Innovation Ventures. USAID has relaunched its open innovation program, Development Innovation Ventures (DIV), and is now accepting grant applications for products, technologies, services, or applications that can scale breakthrough solutions to critical global development challenges to improve millions of lives. Proposals for funding are accepted year-round. (Open)

October 2018