Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowships

Royal Society has opened a call for Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowships, in partnership with GCRF and African Academy of Sciences (AAS).

The objectives of this scheme are to:

  • Support talented early career researchers to establish an independent research career in African institutions.
  • Enable high-quality research that addresses the global development challenges faced by the African continent.
  • Provide world-class support, training, mentoring and networking opportunities to benefit early-career African researchers.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a national of a sub-Saharan African country;
  • Hold a Ph.D. by the time you apply;
  • Be an early career researcher with a minimum of two years of research experience since completing your Ph.D. and no more than eight years of post-doctoral research experience;
  • Wish to hold the fellowship in a research institution in an Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible sub-Saharan African country;
  • Have a clearly defined scientific research proposal focusing on one or more of the Global Challenge areas outlined in the scheme notes.

Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics. For a full list, please see the breakdown of subject groups and areas supported by the Royal Society. The Royal Society does not cover clinical medicine (such as patient orientated research and clinical trials), social sciences or humanities, other than when working in partnership with organisations.

This scheme provides an award of up to £150,000 per year for two years in the first instance, covering:

  • Research Fellow’s salary, up to £45,000 per year.
  • Research expenses
    – Research assistance
    – Equipment costs
    – Travel expenses
    – Research consumables
  • Institutional overhead, up to £15,000 per year

The scheme also provides a programme of support and development, including:

  • Mentoring
  • Training courses
  • Opportunities for international collaboration
  • Networking opportunities regionally and internationally

Full scheme documentation and application procedures available here, deadline is fairly soon on 15 May 2019.