Deadline: 30 June, 2022

The Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF), in partnership with the UKRI Medical Research Council (MRC), has opened applications for the AREF-MRC Towards Leadership Programme.

The aim of the programme is to empower talented, emerging scientists in Africa to compete successfully for major funding opportunities in global health research.


  • The costs of the workshops, accommodation and travel of selected nominees will be met by the organisers


  • Open to citizens of countries in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Be currently employed in sub-Saharan Africa by a recognised university and/or specialist research institution
  • Be an early-career researcher, having completed your research education and are now at the early stages of leading your own research group
  • Hold a research doctorate (PhD/DPhil/MD) from a recognised academic institution or have a medical/clinical qualification plus a research-relevant master’s degree, both usually within the last ten years (if it has been longer than ten years since your last degree, please explain in your application why you should still be considered an early-career researcher
  • Be currently responsible for managing/supervising one or more research students and/or research staff members and involved in building research collaborations
  • Demonstrate evidence of being at the early stages of leading a research team or being an active member of a research team conducting global health research
  • Have experience in obtaining research funding (combined value of £500,000 or less)

To apply and for more information, click here.

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