AREF Call for Applications: Research Development Fellowship Programme for 2023/24

The Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) is pleased to launch the call for the AREF Research Development Fellowship Programme for 2023/24.

The aim of the Research Development Fellowship Programme is to provide opportunities for talented health researchers based in Africa, so that they can lead research that is responsive to its African settings and can contribute to reducing the burden of disease. It aims to develop emerging African scientists through developing their skills, experience, confidence and research outputs.

Fellowships offer awardees the opportunity to develop their own research ideas, research skills and capabilities, to grow their research relationships through collaboration and mentorship, and to work towards a substantial research funding proposal.


  • Early career researchers. These are research active post-doctoral scientists and clinicians with higher qualifications who are nationals of and employed in Africa. 

Funding details:

  • Up to £47,000 available in funding,
  • A three to nine-month placement at a leading research institution in the UK, Europe or Africa, with additional support at your home institution before and after the placement,
  • support reasonable accommodation, travel and training costs.

Read more here.

Application deadline September 14, 2023.


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