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Royal Society Africa Prize

Royal Society Africa Prize medal

The award

The Royal Society Africa Prize is to recognise research scientists based in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the biological sciences, including basic medical science, which contributes significantly to capacity building in Africa. The prize was previously the Royal Society Pfizer Award which was last awarded in 2016. The prize is awarded annually.

The medal is a bronze medal and is accompanied by an £11,000 grant towards the winner's research project and a gift of £1000.


The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations will open in November 2018. 

Past winners

Dr Alassane Dicko was awarded the 2017 Royal Society Africa Prize for his contribution to research into malaria control, in particular using intermittent administration of medicines to children in the Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention strategy recommended by WHO.

Dr Amina Abubakar Ali was awarded the 2016 Pfizer Award for her pioneering psychological research in East Africa, including her work developing neurodevelopmental assessments which are now being used throughout Africa.