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Funding Opportunities

Consistently highlighted as a principle challenge to delivering doctoral education in Africa, information about funding opportunities available to doctoral programme administrators and graduate school managers from various funding agencies and their programmes and projects are provided here.

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Volkswagen Foundation

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Type of Grants:

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Junior Fellowship 110.000 EUR and Senior Fellowship 145.000 EUR each for three years
The Postdoctoral Fellowships funded by the Foundation are structured into different and thematically defined programmes.
These fellowships for both junior and senior scholars based on the African continent cover the costs incurred by personnel, equipment and travel (also in cooperation with German and/or European research partners). Successful grantees have the possibility to apply for subsequent funding, either in the form of a senior postdoctoral fellowship or an extension.
The funding instruments, requirements, and procedures will be specified within individual calls for pre-proposals on thematically defined programmes.


Main Objectives:
The Foundation's funding initiative "Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa" aims at contributing to the development of research and research capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Presently, the focus is on junior and senior postdoctoral researchers, who should conduct their own research projects while based at African institutions – and who should eventually establish their academic career at these institutions.

all Sub-Saharan African countries (North African countries partly included)

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