Tailored opportunities: Post doctoral fellowship – African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowships 2019 Round 1


The African Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society have partnered to launch a new postdoctoral fellowship programme supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF): Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowships.
The FLAIR Fellowships Programme will produce Africa’s next generation of independent research leaders undertaking cutting-edge research that will address global challenges facing Africa. The fellowships are aimed at talented African early career researchers with the potential to become leaders in their field and provide the opportunity to build an independent research career in an African institution.

The objectives of the FLAIR fellowship programme are:
 Developing Africa’s next generation of research leaders – supporting talented early career African researchers to establish their scientific independence, focus on developing their research and become leaders in their chosen discipline.
 Supporting excellent research – enabling African researchers to address areas of global significance across the natural sciences through high-quality research, advancing knowledge and innovation which aims to benefit their country and address aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals.
 Enhancing research environments – working through relevant partners, awards will contribute towards institutional research capacity strengthening and establishing good financial grant practice in African universities and research institutions.
 Fostering collaboration and impact – establishing mutually beneficial long-term links between African Fellows and relevant UK researchers to harness the expertise of the UK research base through equitable partnerships and enhancing knowledge exchange and translation into sustainable policy and practical benefits.

The programme will provide two years of funding and support in the first instance; subject to progress during the first two years (and continued funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund) holders may have the opportunity to apply for a renewal for an additional three years. The funding will cover salary and research and travel expenses and will allow holders to focus on developing their research with limited teaching responsibilities. In addition, FLAIR Research Fellows will receive a generous programme of support to develop them as independent research leaders including training, mentoring, opportunities to network both regionally and with the UK and to develop international collaborations


Applicants must have a PhD by the time they apply. Applicants are expected to be early career researchers and to have no more than 10 years’ research experience since completing their PhD. Time spent outside the research environment will be considered when assessing eligibility. Applicants must have a clearly defined research proposal. The FLAIR fellowship must be held in a Higher Education or research institution in a sub-Saharan African country
Underrepresented groups, including women, are particularly encouraged to apply.
Successful applicants will be talented African early career researchers who are ready to develop their independence and have the potential to become leaders in their field


Deadline for application is 20 June 2018

Applications can only be submitted online using the Royal Society’s Grants and Awards management system (Flexi-Grant®) via https://grants.royalsociety.org . Further information about the Grants and Awards Management system can be found via https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/flexi-grant/ . If you have not previously used Flexi-Grant®, please follow the registration process from the Flexi-Grant®, homepage. Paper-based applications will not be accepted.
Before completing the online form, all applicants should check that they comply with the eligibility requirements and ensure all necessary information is presented in the application. These requirements are strictly adhered to and applications without all the necessary information, or evidence to show the assessment criteria are met, will be rejected.

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One thought on “Tailored opportunities: Post doctoral fellowship – African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowships 2019 Round 1

  1. I work in a University in Ethiopia and I want to apply for the scholarship. I would like to know if it is possible to apply for the scholarship without having cooperating organization/individual from UK.

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