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Royal Society Africa Prize

Prof Novel Chegou's doctoral candidate, Ms Bih Chendi, performing a custom Luminex array in the state-of-the-art laboratory at the Biomedical Research Institute, Stellenbosch University
Professor Novel Chegou's doctoral candidate, Ms Bih Chendi, performing a custom Luminex array in the state-of-the-art laboratory at the Biomedical Research Institute, Stellenbosch University - credit: Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Stellenbosch University

Nominations now open

The call for nominations is now open. There is a new nomination system in place and so please ensure you read through the guidance document fully. 

This year, the Society is encouraging nominations of joint collaborations, groups or teams for almost all its medals to better represent how contemporary science is undertaken. In addition, the Society is extremely keen to broaden the diversity of those nominated for its awards, so do please consider all contacts and colleagues.  

You do not have to be a Fellow of the Royal Society to nominate or be nominated for any of the Royal Society medals and awards.

Nominations close on Friday 24 February 2023 at 3pm GMT.

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Royal Society Africa Prize winner 2022

Professor Novel Njweipi ChegouProfessor Novel Njweipi Chegou (credit - Wilma Stassen, Stellenbosch University)

The Royal Society Africa Prize 2022 is awarded to Professor Novel Njweipi Chegou for his work in the fields of pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis, and his innovative project proposal.

The award

The Royal Society Africa Prize is to recognise research scientists based in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the sciences. The medal is of bronze, awarded annually and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000. The prize was previously the Royal Society Pfizer Award which was last awarded in 2016.

Eligibility

The Royal Society Africa Prize is open to African citizens. There are no restrictions on career stage and nominations will remain valid and shall be considered by the award selection committee throughout three nomination cycles.

The terms and conditions of the Royal Society Africa Prize (PDF) should be read before submitting a nomination.

Nominations 

Nominations are now open, see top of page for details.

Past winners

Professor George Warimwe will be awarded the Royal Society Africa Prize 2021 for his work on zoonoses vaccine development, capacity building in Africa, and his innovative research proposal.

Dr Steven Runo was awarded the Royal Society Africa Prize 2020 for elucidating pathways for long distance RNA trafficking between parasitic plants and their hosts and identifying and developing transgenic protocol for characterizing and validating candidate host and parasite genes.

Dr Henry Mwandumba was awarded the Royal Society Africa Prize 2019 for his novel work in description of the TB phagosome in HIV infected alveolar macrophages and his leadership in the College of Medicine in Malawi.

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