Tailored Opportunities: VISITING SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS for African Women Researchers

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The Science by Women programme will fund 10 six-month visiting senior research fellowships for ten experienced African women researchers in any of the following international research centres of excellence based in Spain.

The aim of the call is to promote African women’s leadership in scientific research and technology transfer and to foster the capacity of the research centres in their home countries. The main goal is to enable African women researchers and scientists to tackle the great challenges faced by Africa through research in Health and biomedicine, agriculture and food security, water, energy and climate change, mathematics, Information and Communication Technologies as well as Economic Sciences.

Who can apply?

  • Women researchers nationality of an African country.
  • PhD with at least 3 years of post-doctoral professional experience
  • Contractual relationship with a university or a public or private non-profit organization
  • Based in Africa dedicated to significant scientific research in the areas indicated (see in second paragraph of what?)
  • Excellent academic record and proven track of relevant research experience
  • Solid working knowledge of English
  • Proven experience leading a research group

What is required to apply?

  • Letter of Interest (max. 1 page)
  • Full curriculum vitae
  • Fully filled form
  • Brief but concise description of the project to be developed in the Spanish
  • host centre (max. 2 pages)
  • A letter of the prospective host group’s stating its interest to support the project proposed by the candidate.


Successful candidates will have access to:

  • Flight from their centre of origin to the host institution and back
  • Living allowance of 2.400 Euros gross per month to cover accommodation, personal expense and health and occupational accident insurance coverage.


Deadline for proposals submission September 20, 2017

For further information, please refer the following link:



Tailored opportunity: Chance for young people to attend COP 23/ COY 13 in Bonn, Germany

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What ?

Selected applicants will be provided with financial support to attend COP 23/ COY 13 for the whole duration of November 2nd- November 18th.   Local and International travel, visa fees and other costs will be included in the support. Selected applicants will also be able to attend  an online training session Prior Youth opporunitiesto the conference. Apart from the financial support there will be ample opportunities to connect and network with fellow young scientists and others.


Young people of age 18-35


Complete an online application form in the following link



The deadline for application is 24 August 2017

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Tailored opportunities: Call for PhD Internships in an International Research Institute

Shared by Dawit Gebregziabher


It gives registered doctoral students an opportunity to utilize the resources and facilities at UNU-WIDER for their PhD dissertation or thesis research, and to work with UNU-WIDER researchers in areas of mutual interest. The applicant will spend 3 consecutive months at UNU-WIDER and should come back to his/her home institution.

Who can apply?

The applicant must be enrolled as a PhD student and who have ability to conduct research on developing economics. The priority is given to economists, but candidates working in other social sciences can also apply. Applicants who are working or living in developing countries and who are in the later stage of their PhD will be preferred.

Where? Helsinki, Finland

What is the required?

The applicants should be fluent in oral and written English, poses good quantitative and qualitative analytical skills. All applications should be made online and CV should be uploaded. The supervisor should send letter of recommendation to UNU-WIDER. During their stay in Helsinki, applicants will produce one or more of papers and present their research finding on a seminar and may publish their work in the WIDER working paper series.

Benefits: transportation cost to and from the home institution covered, Medical insurance during the stay in the internship plus a monthly stipend of EUR 1,600.00 to cover his/her living expenses.

N.B: Please note that the link to the online application form will only become active one month prior to the submission deadline (e.g., application procedures start on 1 March and 1 September of each year).

For further information, please refer to this link: https://www.wider.unu.edu/internships

Tailored opportunities: Call for papers- International conference Women’s Role in the sustainable development of Africa

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What ?

This is an international conference on the issues related to women’s contribution to sustainability and sustainable development in Africa. The conference will be held the International Leadership Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  on 27 November 2017. If your paper got accepted to the conference, you will be provided with travel and accommodation support.

Who ?

Any one with research or any other form of experience worth sharing in the following thematic areas:

  • Women Empowerment for Sustainable Development
  • Women Political Participation: Gender Quota System
  • Economic Status of Women
  • Role of Women in Peace and Security in Africa
  • Women in Historical, Social and Cultural Affairs
  • Affirmative Action: Women in Higher Education
  • Women Leadership Role


Prepare an abstract of your paper and make submission to the following emails:

Dr.Hanna Yakavenka:H.Yakavenka@greenwich.ac.uk (if you are based in Europe) or
Ms. BethelhemTaye,bethelhemtaye.ili@gmail.com or bethelhem.t@ili.edu.et (if you are based in Africa)

For further detailed information, follow this link 

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Call for Conference Papers- Inter-African Research and Education collaboration by Ubuntu-Net

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This is an international call for abstracts focusing on research and education collaboration in Africa. The conference organizers will provide support towards travel (air-ticket) and accommodation.


Any researcher or academician, consultant, freelancer etc with contributions towards how to enhance research and education collaboration in Africa


The conference is going to happen in  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and will be hosted by the Ethiopian Education and Research Network, EthERNet.


If you have done any research, or you have an important experience to share in the area of research and education collaboration among African Universities and research organizations, then you should apply to this call. There will be ample opportunities for networking, meeting fellow scientists and practitioners in the area.


The conference: 2-3 November 2017

Deadline for submission of Abstracts: 31 August 2017

Please follow the instruction for application in the following link

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Fund for promoting Innovations: Innovation Fund

Shared by Dawit Gebregziabher


The name of the call is Innovation Fund (Second call for Projects). Its objective is “to promote innovations in various agricultural sub-sectors in Ethiopia that benefit


smallholder farmers”. This objective can be met (i)by liking the applicant company/ies to other actors such as buyers, cooperatives, NGOs, research institution, Universities and some other organisations; (ii)  by informing the companies about the latest technologies and developments through different  modes of communication such as business platforms, personal meetings and innovation opportunity reports. It offers 50% of co-financing grant with a maximum of 25,000. Out of this grant, 80% will be provided at the beginning of the project phase and the 20% will be provided after the approval of final report and expenses.



What the fund is looking for: the project should be on poultry, aquaculture, legumes, spices, sesame, potato or the dairy. Project should introduce new or improved technologies, business models, and service delivery methods to Ethiopia. Directly or indirectly, the project should benefit smallholder farmers and it should be implemented within a year.


The applicant should be an Ethiopian company with licence, but partnership with other organization research institutes, Universities etc is possible. These partners can involve in more than one project. Applicants can not granted fund for more than one project at a time. Applicants should be willing to submit quarterly progress updates. The applicant should co-finance the project with 50% (both in cash or in-kind), 20% should be in-kind.


The probability of acquiring the grant could be enhanced by including the following elements in the concept note and proposals; these include technical approach, economic viability, implementation capacity, value for money and additional and impact of the project. Therefore, my personal suggestion is the groups either form Universities and research institutes should consist of different disciplines according to the nature of the call to perform interdisciplinary work, which can solve multiple problems at a time. For example for this call, I recommend the group to consist: Agricultural Economist or related field, Animal researcher, crop researcher, horticulture researcher etc actually it depends on the proposal to be developed. The other requirement is to get an Ethiopian company with licence.

Applicants are strongly advised to call and discuss with Agri-Pro Focus Ethiopia before applying for obtaining more detailed information.


Here are the important dates (deadlines) about this call

18 August 2017          Deadline for submission of concept notes

29 September 2017     Announcement of selected projects

27 October 2017         Deadline for submission of proposals for selected concept notes

01 December 2017      Announcement of approved projects

29 December 2017      signing of contract and first disbursement for approved projects

Follow the link to apply: https://agriprofocus.com/post/596f716926b72a19f3ce0399