Seize the Moment: AREF Research Development Fellowship Application Now Open

Discover the opportunity of a lifetime: AREF Research Development Fellowship.

Tailored for Africa’s emerging health researchers, we aim to elevate health research on the continent.

We’re thrilled to announce the opening of applications for the prestigious AREF Research Development Fellowship Programme for the academic year 2023/24.

This is a unique opportunity designed for the sharp, innovative minds of health researchers based in Africa.

This initiative offers a platform to conduct research tailored to the needs and realities of Africa with the goal of alleviating the disease burden.

Exploring the AREF Research Development Fellowship

About Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF)
AREF, The Africa Research Excellence Fund, is a beacon of hope, aiming to elevate the quality and impact of health research in Africa.

It serves as a greenhouse for cultivating talented, emerging researchers, empowering them to deliver top-tier health research in Africa, and ultimately, for Africa.

Envisioning the Future

We believe in the potential of African researchers to lead and collaborate in excellent, impactful health research that is beneficial for patients, populations, policymakers, and practitioners across the continent and beyond.

You too can contribute to our vision and help bring it to fruition.

The Benefits: Research Development Fellowship

The Research Development Fellowship offers various benefits to African researchers.

It assists those poised to be leaders, working tirelessly on addressing crucial challenges for human health, and aims to further nurture their research skills.

The fellowship includes a three to nine-month placement at a premier research institution in the UK, Europe, or Africa, with the possibility of additional support at your home institution.

Financial support? We’ve got you covered.

With up to £47,000 in funding, we ensure your research journey isn’t hampered by financial hurdles.

Criteria: Who Can Apply?

To maintain the program’s high standards, we’re looking for early-career researchers with a clear focus on research activities.

This includes post-doctoral scientists and clinicians with higher qualifications who are nationals of and employed in Africa.

The Application Journey

Wondering about the timeline? We plan to inform all applicants about their application’s status by the end of March 2024.

Successful fellowships are projected to start between July 2024 and December 2024 at the latest.

To be considered, you must submit all application documents by 13:00 GMT, 14th September 2023.

How to Apply

Before commencing your application process, we recommend reading the Application Scheme Information and thoroughly reviewing the Guidance on Completing the Application Forms.

You’ll also need to download and complete the Application Form Parts B-F, to fill and upload onto the online application form.

Finally, you’ll need to download and complete the Application Form Part G – Signature Page, then submit it to the online application.

Your Journey, Our Fellowship

Remember, the AREF Fellowship is more than just a funding opportunity; it’s a stepping stone to greater career prospects.

Numerous AREF Fellows have won grants and fellowships from prestigious institutions like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Wellcome Trust, African Academy of Sciences (AESA, FLAIR), and the UK Medical Research Council (MRC).

Got queries? We’re here to assist you.

Please email Fellowships.AREF@aref-africa.org.uk by 8th September 2023 for any questions not addressed here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the AREF Research Development Fellowship?

Early-career post-doctoral scientists and clinicians, who are actively engaged in research and employed in Africa, are eligible.

What is the application deadline?

All application documents must be submitted by 13:00 GMT, 14th September 2023.

When will the successful fellowships commence?

Successful fellowships are projected to start between July 2024 and no later than December 2024.

What is the financial support provided by the fellowship?

The fellowship provides up to £47,000 in funding.

How long does the fellowship placement last?

The fellowship offers a placement of three to nine months at a renowned research institution.


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