African Career Accelerator Awards for PhD Applicants

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African Career Accelerator Awards for PhD Applicants

The Crick African Network is pleased to announce a call for applications for the African Career Accelerator Awards. The Award program is open to Ph.D. applicants who have no more than 6 years’ post-doctoral research experience. The candidate must be a citizen of one of the 55 African nations, as defined by the African Union.

The awards will provide fellowship support for African Post-Doctoral researchers whose interests are to transition to becoming independent researchers and aiming to launch their own research group.

The CAN ACA awards will invest in early-career researchers who have demonstrated strong scientific and leadership potential, as well as a commitment to continuing their research on the African continent.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must be a citizen of one of the 55 African nations, as defined by the African Union.
  • Applicants will also have a D. and have no more than 6 years’ post-doctoral research experience (with allowances for career breaks) but more than 2 years’ post-doctoral experience unless the applicant has an outstanding track record, supported by publication and employment history.
  • Competitive applicants will have a strong track record of research.
  • They will have a D. and have progressed to a postdoctoral role through which they are on a demonstrable path to independence.
  • Prior experience of applying for grant funding is desirable but not required.
  • Neither is it essential to currently be employed on the African continent, but applications should demonstrate the applicant’s desire to establish themselves as an independent researcher on the African continent.

How to Apply:

To apply, applicants must first submit a mandatory expression of interest form by emailing it to:


  • Research Areas: The scope of the research themes which can be undertaken as part of this Award can be defined as the infectious diseases of poverty, with an emphasis on Tuberculosis, Malaria and HIV/AIDS, but also extending to neglected tropical diseases or non-communicable diseases with an infection component. Clinical research is possible but will have to be discussed specifically with potential supervisors/ advisors and institutions to confirm whether resources are available to support the research.
  • The purpose of the Expression of Interest form (EoI) is to establish eligibility as well as assisting applicants to find a combination of supervisors/advisors within the Crick and in African Partner Institutions who would be appropriate to support the proposed research. Having established eligibility, applicants are invited to discuss their proposed research with suggested supervisors to refine research plans.


  • Fellowships are for a duration of up to two years and may include personal salary, visa costs and research expenses to implement the research.
  • The Fellowships will be undertaken in two locations: The Francis Crick Institute (‘the Crick’, UK) and at one of the five African partner institutions: The University of Ghana (Ghana), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), University of Cape Town (South Africa), MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM (The Gambia) and MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit.
  • It is expected that up to six fellowships will be awarded in this round, each with a value of up to approximately £130,000.
  • Each fellowship also includes the option of the purchase of up to two pieces of equipment, each up to a value of £10,000.
  • Fellows will spend at least six months in each location, although this can be accumulated in more than one visit. Provision has been made to cover costs of travel for both relocation and conferences, as well as research related costs for consumables.
  • Fellows will be supported by two supervisors/advisors: one each from the Crick and the chosen African partner institution, as well as having the option of support from one of the 14 Crick Science Technology Platforms (STP) which specialize in specific techniques and technologies.
  • In addition to conducting the proposed research programme, Fellows will participate in advanced training which will provide the skills and competencies to make the transition to becoming an independent research leader on the African continent.
  • To facilitate this, Fellows will be supported to submit a research grant proposal to major international funders in order to be able to continue their work after the end of the Fellowship.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is July 1, 2018, at 23:59 (GMT).

  • Eligible applicants will be provided with the link to the online application portal which opens on 23 rd  May
    2018 and closes at 23:59 GMT on 1 st  August 2018.
  • Applicants successful at the full application stage will be invited to interview. Interviews will take place
    in September 2018.

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