December 18, 2011

Leverhulme Royal Society Africa Award in UK, Ghana and Tanzania for African Scientists

Leverhulme-Royal Society Africa Award

Course(s) Offered: Sciences (incl. Engr)
Course Level: Graduate (PhD, research)
Provider: Leverhulme-Royal Society Africa
Country to Study in: UK, Ghana, Tanzania

Scholarship Description
The Leverhulme Trust for the Royal Society offers the Leverhulme-Royal Society Africa Award scheme for scientists who want to develop a collaborative research project between the UK and research institutions in either Ghana or Tanzania.

The Leverhulme-Royal Society Africa Award aims to help develop and maintain excellence in science in both countries (of Ghana and Tanzania) and to strengthen the research and training capacity of the African institution.

The Society's Africa Award scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering. African science will benefit from an extra £3.4 million thanks to a £3.4 million grant by the Leverhulme Trust for the Royal Society to continue its capacity building scheme for Ghana and Tanzania.

Eligibility
Both the UK applicant and the Ghanaian/Tanzanian applicant must:
  • have a PhD or have extensive experience at an equivalent level
  • have a proven track record of training students at Master’s and Doctoral level
  • have a proven track record of publishing in both national and international journals
  • be based in the respective countries at the time of the application
Please ensure to meet all the eligibility requirements (see the scheme notes - pdf).

Selection:
Applications covering the following five identified national research priorities in Ghana and Tanzania are particularly encouraged:
  • agriculture (including animal health); 
  • water and sanitation; 
  • basic human health research (including medicinal chemistry); 
  • biodiversity (including medicinal plants and green chemistry) and 
  • energy (including renewables).
Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country, but must be working in the UK, Ghana or Tanzania

Participating Institutions
All accredited Universities and research institutions in the UK, Ghana or Tanzania

Fields of Study
Applications may be in any area of the Sciences. This covers the life and physical sciences, including engineering. However, research studies in the following fields of study (identified national research priorities) are particularly encouraged:
  • Agriculture (including animal health),
  • Water and sanitation,
  • Basic human health research (including medicinal chemistry),
  • Biodiversity (including medicinal plants and green chemistry),
  • Energy (including biofuels)
Sponsorship duration
The scheme covers 3 years of funding

Scholarship benefits
The scheme provides funding towards research expenses and costs for mobility and equipment.

Awards will offer a maximum of £60,000 per annum to cover research expenses and costs for mobility, including up to £10,000 per annum for a PhD Student Bursary. Up to £10,000 per year of the award may be used to purchase or maintain equipment. The total maximum amount of award is £180,000. The award does not cover costs for salaries, per diems, course or tuition fees.

Method of Application
Applications are initially reviewed by two members of the Leverhulme – Royal Society Africa Award panel. Those applications that are shortlisted will be independently peer reviewed and discussed at a meeting held in June. Results are usually available at the end of July.

DEADLINES:
The scholarship application deadline is 8 February 2012

PLEASE NOTE:
The Leverhulme-Royal Society Africa Award scheme, which was launched in October 2008, funds research collaborations between scientists in Ghana, Tanzania and the UK. It aims to help develop and maintain excellence in science in both countries and to strengthen the research and training capacity of the African institutions.

Application Deadline: 8 February 2012
Open to International Students: No (ONLY Africans)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Early Career Fellowships of the Leverhulme Trust

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