Knowledge for Development

Fellowships, grants & calls

DFID-ESRC China and Africa research programme

DFID-ESRC China and Africa research programme   Deadline: 3 March 2014   


PhD: Campylobacter contamination & control in the poultry meat food systems of Nairobi, Kenya

PhD: Campylobacter contamination & control in the poultry meat food systems of Nairobi, Kenya    Deadline: 23 Feb 2014  


The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF)

The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF)    Deadline: 28 February 2014   


Request for EoI: "Food sovereignty versus food security: Where does Africa stand in the post-Millennium Development Goals era?” (individual consultant services)

FARA is undertaking a study on “Food sovereignty versus food security: Where does Africa stand in the post-Millennium Development Goals era?” in order to provide evidence that will inform a stakeholder consultation on food security versus food sovereignty that FARA will organize early in 2014.  The outcomes of the consultations will generate the supporting arguments that will inform Africa’s position during the Rome negotiations of the principles in May 2014.  Please see link for more details


Learning Events Programme for Researchers from Developing Countries

Deadline: 28 February 2014  KFPE (a Commission of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, SCNAT) Learning Events Programme supports researchers from developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America involved in research partnerships with a Swiss institution and promotes interdisciplinary and intercultural learning. Swiss institutions and/or their partners in developing countries are invited to submit proposals for the learning events. Learning and training content should include soft skills, theories, methods, integrated approaches, thematic specialisations, and inter- and transdisciplinary working methods.


The Humboldt Foundation provides funding opportunities for scientists in developing countries

The Humboldt Foundation has three fellowships available. Check the former fellowship holders to get an impression of the profiles:   One is the International Climate Protection Fellowships  Submit an application by 15 March 2014.  The other two are the Georg-Foster Fellowship (6-24 months) for young post-docs (less than 4 years after PhD) and the Georg-Foster Fellowship (6-24 months) for experienced scientists (less than 12 years after PhD) Applications can be submitted at any time from now to mid-2015. 


International Master of Science study programme on tropical aquatic ecosystems

Deadline for application to the 2014 programme: 30 April 2014    Deadline for DAAD Scholarship application, 2015 programme: 31 August 2014  ISATEC is a two-year international Master of Science study programme on tropical aquatic ecosystems. It is held at the University of Bremen (UB) and conducted in collaboration with the affiliated Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT). Interested students from abroad can apply for funding at the German Academic Exchange Service: 


Call for papers: Food Research International special issue 'Impact of climate change on food safety'

Deadline for paper submission: 01 April 2014    Papers may include conceptual frameworks, field observations, modelling approaches for impact assessment, scenario analyses and adaptation studies. Topics may be related to both microbial and chemical hazards and be linked to any type of food or production or supply chain. This special issue aims to present the state-of-the-art in the field of climate change and food safety.


TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme

Deadline: 31 March 2014  The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) with the opportunity to make a ‘Cooperation Visit’ to an institute in Germany of no more than 3 months. The aim of the visit is to discuss research collaboration with German scientists, possibly including some preliminary experiments, with the ultimate goal of developing longer-term collaboration.  


Call for Proposals: CTA Top 20 Innovations for Smallholder farmers

Closing date was 15 February 2014 -- NOW EXTENDED TO 09 MARCH 2014.    This project aims to boost the awareness of the many technological and other innovations “low-hanging fruits” that ACP research organizations, universities, extension services and farmers have developed and are being used in ACP countries. By documenting and publicizing these ‘high-potential innovations’ that do not require complicated new management practices, that are endorsed by other experts and farmers themselves, are easy to adopt and can be further adapted, the project expects to raise the profile among policy makers of extension, research and education organizations, and furthermore, establish a convincing evidence base for allocating sufficient budget support to these organizations. Guidelines can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.  


Research and Internship Assistance Program 2014

Research and Internship Assistance Program 2014    Deadline is 15 November 2013


Call for articles: Agricultural biodiversity - Breaking the barriers

Call for articles: Agricultural biodiversity - Breaking the barriers   Deadline: 01 December 2013 


Leverhulme-Royal Society Africa Award

Leverhulme-Royal Society Africa Award   Deadline: 15 January 2014 


DFID, ACU and AAS launch climate impacts research capacity building programme in Africa

Call will be issued on 30 September 2013.   The focus of a 5-year climate impact research capacity building programme for sub-Saharan Africa called ‘Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE)’ will be to enhance the research skills of African scientists  through experiential learning by doing research that offer solutions to the impacts of climate change at local, national and regional levels. Successful candidates will be supported and mentored by a combination of African and international  researchers to define researchable climate impact research questions in consultation with relevant public interest groups.


Call for case study proposals - Innovations in linking sustainable agricultural practices with markets

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is launching a call for proposals to conduct case studies on innovative approaches (public, private and/or civil society) designed to link sustainable crop production practices with local markets for sustainable products in developing countries.


Programme for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks proposals for agricultural research with the potential to increase the sustainable productivity of smallholder farmers in developing countries. With this  call, it is looking for projects led by MSc and PhD scientists at national agricultural research institutions and universities in sub-Saharan Africa, working in collaboration with other researchers  internationally (either within Africa or beyond the continent).


TWAS-Icipe Postgraduate Fellowships Programme

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe), Nairobi, Kenya, and TWAS offer three fellowships per year to young scientists from developing countries (other than Kenya) who wish to undertake their PhD studies in Kenya. 


On-the-Job Research Capacity Building for Sustainable Agriculture in Developing Countries (OJCB)

UNU-ISP will support capacity building projects proposed and implemented by leading scientists (host scientists) who are engaged in research related to sustainable agriculture (including  forestry and fisheries) in developing countries, under the responsibility of a host institution. The programme mainly consists of capacity building through on-the-job training (OJT) for young  researchers in developing countries (trainees). 


Call for proposals: Innovations in agricultural and food systems

The Swiss programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (R4D programme) is looking to expand into the following topics: 1) sustainability of agricultural and food systems,  natural resources and resilience; 2) agricultural innovation, extension and research into use; 3) governance and policies for the future world food system. The pre-proposal should provide an  outline of the planned research project and has to cover the entire period of six years with more details of the planned activities for the first three year period.