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Africa Research Excellence Fund 2021-2022 Fellowship Program for African Researchers

 Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) invites qualified and eligible African researchers to apply for the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) Research Development Fellowship programme being instituted to support researchers in Africa who are working on important human health challenges in Africa.

The programme seek to provide support to African researchers who are emerging leaders working on several health challenges to develop their skills as modern day researchers

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About Africa Research Excellence Fund

The Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) was established by the UK Medical Research Foundation to invest in talented, emerging researchers in Africa. We nurture African health research at its most vulnerable points by supporting and developing early-career researchers. Our vision is growing the community of African researchers who will deliver excellent research in Africa, for Africa. Growing the next generation of potential research leaders will help institutions in Africa increase their capability to carry out excellent research. This will help inform health care practitioners and po... read more


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AREF Fellowship Program


Aim and Benefits of AREF Fellowship Program

  •  To support researchers in Africa who are emerging leaders and are working on important challenges for human health to develop their skills as a researcher.
  • A three to nine-month placement at a leading research institution in Europe or Africa, with additional support at your home institution before and after the placement, up to a maximum of £40,000.

Requirements for AREF Fellowship Program Qualification

  • Applicants must be a national of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa who is resident in Africa at the time of applying.
  • Applicants should obtain support from an African institution that meets the eligibility criteria for an employing institution and which attests that it intends to employ you locally.
  • Applicants who are non-clinicians must possess a PhD qualification within the last six years or equivalent postgraduate degree from a recognized institution of higher education. If you do not currently have a PhD, you must provide evidence that a recognized examining institution expects you to have been examined for the degree of PhD/DPh by September, 2021.
  • Applicants who are clinicians must be clinically-qualified applicants with a PhD/DPh/MD should have been awarded the doctorate from a recognized institution of higher learning. However, clinically-qualified applicants without a doctorate may apply. They must have been awarded a research-relevant Master’s degree and should also have at least two and not more than seven years of active research experience.
  • Applicants must ensure that their Employing and Intended Host Organizations (the sponsors) understand the purposes of the AREF Fellowship, how AREF will pay the organizations and what their obligations are if they accept an award.

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Documents Required for Application

  • A completed Application Form (Parts A-E) as a PDF.
  • A letter of support from the Host Sponsor– a named senior scientist with the authority to sign on the Application Form on the organisation’s behalf.
  •  A letter of support from the Employing Sponsor – a named senior scientist with the authority to sign on the Application Form on the organisation’s behalf
  • Two chosen publications to demonstrate the applicants career history
  • . An electronic copy of the candidate’s most recently attained degree certificate, usually the PhD certificate.
  • The Signature Sheet (Part F of the application form), as a PDF, signed by the applicant, sponsors and named administrative authority at both the Host Organisation and Employing Organisation.


Application Deadline

September 30, 2021


How to Apply

For more details,visit AREF website



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