Research grants & scholarship/fellowship opportunities
Diaspora Community of African Geospatial Scientists (DCAGS)
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TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Grant for Scientific Meetings The TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Grant for Scientific Meetings aims to encourage the organization of international and regional scientific conferences and workshops in Africa. Microsoft will provide support in the form of travel grants for some principal speakers from abroad and/or participants from developing countries other than the country in which the event is held. Applicants, who may be of any nationality, must be involved in the organization of international or regional scientific meetings to be held in Africa in the field of computer science. Deadlines for receiving applications are: 1 April each year for meetings to be held during July to December of the same year, and 1 October each year for meetings to be held during January to June of the following year.
Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) VSO is the world’s leading independent, international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries.
Canadian University Services Organization (CUSO) –VSO CUSO-VSO - sends volunteers to work with partner groups at the grassroots of change. Volunteer with CUSO-VSO- overseas volunteers provide strategic technical and professional support to development groups around the globe. Partner organizations identify their own priorities from the grassroots up. Southern partners contribute to the development of cooperant placement descriptions, and have the last word in volunteer selection. Contact:
. Diaspora volunteering is the action of linking Diaspora communities to their countries of origin through strategic volunteer placements and learning exchange opportunities. Fulbright Scholar Program The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals. Deadline: August 1.
Grants for Computer Science Meetings in African Countries With funds provided by Microsoft Research Ltd, TWAS and AAS encourage the organization of scientific activities on the theme of Computer Science in Africa by offering financial assistance to the organizers of conferences, workshops, symposia and special meetings held in Africa. The support is normally provided in the form of travel grants for principal speakers from abroad and/or participants from developing countries other than the country where the meeting is held. Supported speakers should be from not-for-profit research organizations. The amount provided does not exceed Euro 2,000. Grants are offered for meetings in the field of Computer Science. TWAS, AAS and Microsoft Research Ltd. only consider applications made by the organizers of international and regional scientific meetings being held in Africa. TWAS, AAS and Microsoft Research Ltd. do not provide support to individual scientists wishing to attend a scientific event, even if the event is taking place in a developing country. Local authorities must share in the responsibility for the event and should give proper support. Each application must show at least a (conditional) matching contribution from local sources. The application form should be completed in all its parts and sent by email to
. Deadlines for receiving applications is 1 December 2010 for meetings to be held during July – December 2011.
International Foundation for Science research grants Applications for IFS Research Grants are welcome from young scientists in developing countries to do research on the sustainable management, use or conservation of biological or water resources. This broad statement covers natural science and social science research on agriculture, soils, animal production, food science, forestry, agroforestry, aquatic resources, natural products, water resources, etc. Applications are accepted all year and are to be made on an IFS Application Form.
UNESCO-L'Oréal for Women in Science International Fellowships The UNESCO-L'Oréal for Women in Science International Fellowships are granted annually to promising young women scientists, at the doctorate or post-doctorate level, in the Life Sciences to encourage international scientific cooperation and the developing of cross-cultural networks.
Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program Borlaug Fellows Program is faculty and scientist exchange programs with developing countries. The program provides short-term scientific training for international agricultural research scientists and policymakers from selected developing countries. Each Fellow is assigned a mentor who will coordinate the Fellow’s training. Training venues include U.S. land grant universities, USDA or other government agencies, private companies, not-for-profit institutions and international agricultural research centers. The application deadline varies by country. The Program covers Fellows' travel to the U.S., lodging, a modest stipend for meals and incidental expenses, educational and laboratory materials, and health insurance for medical emergencies. See also: Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP).
Ford Foundation Grants are made in three broad programs: Asset Building and Community Development; Peace and Social Justice; and Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom. Within these programs, 13 key fields of work have been identified as ways to target resources most effectively.
IHDP Seed Grant Initiative Grants awarded are committed to the production of National Inventories of human dimensions research in selected countries (a "Who is Doing What" report), and toward the organization of national or regional workshops for human dimensions researchers to facilitate the creation of new or strengthening of existing research networks. Guidelines for National and Regional Workshops - "Capacity Building for National Human Dimensions Committees and Programmes in Developing Countries and Transition Economies"
National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants Program The National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants Program funds projects that require venture capital, supporting exceptional projects while foregoing a time-consuming peer-review process. NGS/Waitt grants are able to fund "proof of concept" research for applicants at an earlier stage in their careers than other NGS grant programs. Special emphasis is placed on expedited grant processing and turnaround. The selection committee endeavors to have funding decisions made within eight weeks of application submission. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships The Boren Fellowship program was designed to encourage U.S. graduate students to specialize in a regional and language study not commonly studied by U.S. graduate students. The fellowship gives students the opportunity to add an international dimension to their own education and future careers. Fellows pursue a study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. National Security and enable the nation to remain integrally involved in global issues. Contact:
. Deadline: annual, late-January.
International Collaborative (Anthropological) Research Grant (ICRG) The International Collaborative Research Grant (ICRG) supports international research collaborations between two or more qualified scholars, where the principal investigators bring different and complementary perspectives, knowledge, and/or skills to the project. Supplemental funds are also available to provide essential training for academic research participants in ICRG-funded projects (co-applicants, students, as well as other professional colleagues). By encouraging international collaborations, the grant contributes to the development of an international anthropology that values and incorporates different national perspectives and resources. By providing training funds, the grant helps to build capacity in countries were anthropology may be under-resourced. The grants are for a maximum of $30,000 for the research project. Proposals which include the optional training element can have an increased funding request up to a maximum of $35,000, of which no more than $10,000 can be for essential training purposes. Under special circumstances grants can be renewed to support longer-term research projects. Principal Investigators must hold a doctorate or equivalent in anthropology or a related discipline. Application deadlines: June 1 and December 1. The June 1 deadline is for applicants requesting funding starting in January through June of the following year. The December 1 deadline is for applicants requesting funding starting in July through December of the following year. Contact:
Ashoka: Innovators for the Public Ashoka’s mission is to seek and invest in social entrepreneurs from around who exhibits creativity, a strong drive, and the ethical fiber to promote positive social change. Fellows are supported financially through a living stipend and professionally through Ashoka’s global network of social entrepreneurs. Fellows work to serve the public in many areas including education, environment, health, human rights, civic participation and economic development. Ashoka has more than 1,400 Fellows across the world transforming the lives of millions of underserved people. Contact: