The AREF-MRC Towards Leadership Programme

The Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) has launched the Towards Leadership Programme in partnership with the UKRI Medical Research Council (MRC). The programme aims to empower talented, emerging scientists in Africa to compete successfully for UKRI MRC and other major funding opportunities in global health research.

The programme is directed towards winning grant funding, empowering effective teams, collaborating internationally, influencing stakeholders, and building rewarding research careers.

Eligibility: To be eligible to apply for this opportunity you must be:

  • a citizen of a country in Africa
  • currently employed in Africa by a recognised university and/or specialist research institution
  • an early career researcher, having completed your research education and are now at the early stages of leading your own research group
  • holding a research doctorate from a recognised academic institution OR have a medical/clinical qualification plus a research-relevant Master’s degree within the last 10 years
  • currently responsible for managing/supervising one or more research students and/or research staff members and are involved in building research collaborations
  • demonstrate evidence of being at the early stages of leading a research team or be an active member of a research team conducting Global Health Research

Level of funding: Costs of the workshops within the programme and associated accommodation and travel of selected nominees will be met by MRC and AREF.

Key dates

  • 06 May 2024: applications close at 16:00 GMT

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