The AREF Research Development Fellowships program is intended to assist African researchers in tackling significant issues affecting human health throughout the continent. The Research Development Fellowships (RDF) are offered by Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF). The RDF Programme aims to advance young African scientists working on significant issues affecting human health in Africa by increasing their knowledge, expertise, self-assurance, and research outputs.
|Host institute||a leading research institution in Europe or Africa|
|Duration||three to nine-month|
|Application opening date||14th June 2023|
|Application closing date||September 2023|
The RDF Programme aims to advance young African scientists working on significant issues affecting human health in Africa by increasing their knowledge, expertise, self-assurance, and research outputs.
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The Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF)
A philanthropic organization called the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) seeks to encourage and fund excellence in health research in Africa. In order to address Africa’s health concerns, the 2015-founded AREF works with partners and stakeholders to increase research capacity and leadership.
The main goal of AREF is to boost leadership development and research capability in order to enhance health outcomes in Africa. In order to perform high-quality research that is pertinent to Africa’s healthcare needs, they seek to help African researchers, advance their knowledge and abilities, and make this possible.
Scope of the AREF Research Development Fellowships
Infectious and non-communicable diseases that are prevalent or have been labeled as “neglected” in Africa are included in the program’s scope.
Through the RDF Programme, gifted early-career researchers can:
- learn sophisticated research techniques
- create and evaluate their own appealing research hypotheses.
- develop their potential for cooperation through very successful mentorship relationships
- increase their visibility through global networking
Applicants must be citizens of a Sub-Saharan African country to be eligible. You need not be resident in Africa at the time of applying if an African institution that satisfies the requirements for an employing institution formally endorses your application and certifies that it intends to hire you locally.
“REF Research Development Fellowships” are primarily intended for scholars in their early to mid-career stages. According to the fellowship program, there may be different qualifications for particular career stages, but generally speaking, candidates should have earned a doctoral degree (PhD) or an equivalent and be in the early stages of their research careers.
Every year, there is an application period that opens in June/July. The deadline is usually in September, though schedules are subject to vary.
How to apply for AREF Research Development Fellowships
When applications are being accepted, instructions for applicants and the application form will be available on the website for “open funding calls.” According to the fellowship requirements, interested candidates must submit a thorough research proposal, a CV, letters of support, and other necessary papers. A team of specialists will conduct a thorough examination as part of the selection process.
Applicants must describe (i) a particular, significant health issue affecting Africa, (ii) an original, potentially significant question, (iii) a knowledge of the relevant research methodologies and technologies to address that question, and (iv) the capabilities you plan to build.