Leverhulme Royal Society Africa Award

This scheme is for scientists who want to develop a collaborative research project between the UK and research institutions in either Ghana or Tanzania.

Leverhulme Royal Society Africa Award

It aims to help develop and maintain excellence in science in both countries and to strengthen the research and training capacity of the African institution.

Two new elements have been included in this call. Please refer to the scheme notes for more information.

The scheme provides 3 years funding towards research expenses and costs for mobility and equipment.

This scheme is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Eligibility requirements

The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering. Applications covering the following five identified national research priorities in Ghana and Tanzania are particularly encouraged: agriculture (including animal health); water and sanitation; basic human health research (including medicinal chemistry); biodiversity (including medicinal plants and green chemistry) and energy (including renewables).

Both the UK applicant and the Ghanaian/Tanzanian applicant must:

  • have a PhD or have extensive experience at an equivalent level
  • have a proven track record of training students at Master’s and Doctoral level
  • have a proven track record of publishing in both national and international journals
  • be based in the respective countries at the time of the application

Applicants should ensure that they meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes.

Value and tenure

Awards will offer a maximum of £60,000 per annum to cover research expenses and costs for mobility, including up to £10,000 per annum for a PhD Student Bursary. Up to £10,000 per year of the award may be used to purchase or maintain equipment. The total maximum amount of award is £180,000. The award does not cover costs for salaries, per diems, course or tuition fees.

The award lasts for three years.

Application process

Applications are initially reviewed by two members of the Leverhulme - Royal Society Africa Award panel. Those applications that are shorlisted will be independently peer reviewed and discussed at a meeting held in June. Results are usually available at the end of July.

Applying for this scheme

This scheme is currently closed to applications.

Those who are successful will be invited to attend the next Award Holder's Meeting which will take place in Tanzania from 6-9 December 2014.

Capacity building schemes

Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative
For scientists who want to develop collaborative research consortia between sub-Saharan Africa and a research institution in the UK.

Leverhulme-Royal Society Africa Award
For scientists who want to develop a collaborative research project between the UK and research institutions in either Ghana or Tanzania.

We also run the Royal Society Pfizer Award for scientists working in the biological sciences and the Royal Society Pfizer African Academies Programme to strengthen national science academies in Ghana, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

See all the grant schemes.

Contact us

If you have a question about this scheme, please first read the scheme notes which contain more information. If the answer is still not available, you can contact the grants team here.