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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

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 closed and will open in November 2022.

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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