Opportunities

We want to make it easier for Africans in STEM to find opportunities that can help them in their career journeys. Check out our opportunities page regularly for information about scholarships, funding, mentorship opportunities, events and more!

"As an international student, throughout all my academia years even though I was fortunate to have my parents fund my Bachelors and Masters degree, I always knew funding was the one thing that threatened whether or not I would meet my academic goals. I also remember fellow university mates who had to drop out due to funding difficulties. More so, being an African with dreams of pursuing education whether at home or abroad these dreams can seem unattainable when funding becomes an issue. VSA therefore thought it a great idea to give advice on some of the various funding sources out there for us." - Prue Chitekwe
DISCLAIMER: VISTEM assumes no responsibility in relation to the information below, which is listed solely for informational purposes. Interested persons should contact the respective organisations directly to find out more and to verify its accuracy. VISTEM accepts no liability for the use of this information.

American Association Of University Women International Fellowship

The American Association Of University Women International Fellowship application open on August 1 and closes on November 15. You may eligible for funding $18,000–$30,000. The fellowship supports both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited US institutions.

Career level
#Fellowship
Opportunity type
#Funding #Fellowship #Women
Country
#nonUScountries

SAWISE Scholarship for African Women in Science and Technology

The scholarship is only offered to Sub-Saharan black females that have achieved a 70% or above grade average in a engineering or science related subject.

Career level
#4thyearBScHonours
Opportunity type
#Scholarship
Country
#Subsaharanblackfemale
Field

#Science #Engineering

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Mastercard Foundation Scholarship

If you want to complete an undergraduate or masters degrees and are academically strong but do not have the resources, you may be eligible for this scholarhip. Financial, social, and academic support are provided to successful applicants.

Career level
#Undergraduate #Masters
Opportunity type
#Scholarship
Country
#Africa

The Wellcome Trust

Various funding schemes with broad criteria. Each of their scheme pages has specific information about applying for that grant and what the grant entitles. They also provide general application information that applies to all of their grants including how to prepare for the Wellcome grant application and funding interview.

Career level
#Any
Opportunity type
#Funding #Grants
Country
#Dependentonopportunity

United States Scholarship to Africa

This program was set up to assist undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Motherland - AFRICA - to acquire knowledge in Universities, Colleges and other Institutions of learning in the United States. It is an initiative of the Union of Africa Americans in the United States as part of a special contribution for the development of the human resources of the Motherland.

Criteria:

-African students not above age 35

-To qualify for selection, candidates must meet the stated basic requirements.

-Entry fee applicable – US$100

Awards

-Assistance to study in United States Free of tuition throughout the duration of the chosen program.

-Annual allowance of US$3,000 for welfare.

-Assistance to get Student Visa which will expire at the end of the chosen program of maximum five (5) years.

-Assistance to secure part-time job (Only upon request)

Career level
#Undergraduate #Post-graduate
Opportunity type
#Award #Scholarship
Country
#UnitedStates

Association of African Universities (AAU)

Funding opportunities, scholarships, and training notices.

Career level
#Any
Opportunity type
#Funding #Scholarships #Trainingnotices
Country
#Africa

Dorcas Muthoni PhD Fellowship

Fellowship opportunity at Universitat Pompeu Fabra for female #AfricansInSTEM interested in doing a #PhD in #ICT in Barcelona through the Dorcas Muthoni Fellowship. The fellowship aims to close the #gendergap and promote African #womeninstem contributions in #ICT. The important research topics will include: cognitive and intelligent systems, audiovisual technologies, networks and communications, and computational biology and biomedical systems.

Career level
#femaleAfricansinSTEM #PhD
Opportunity type
Fellowship
Country
Spain, Barcelona
Field

#ICT

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Schlumberger Foundation

The Schlumberger Foundation offers #WomeninSTEM who are a citizen of a developing country to apply for grants to fund PhD and post-doctoral research. This is the link to the eligibility criterion. The foundation wishes to support #WomeninSTEM.

Career level
#PhD # Post-doc #WomeninSTEM
Opportunity type
#Grant #Fellowship
Country
#developingcountries
Field

#Physicalsciences #engineering #technology #related disciplines

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VLIR-UOS scholarship (International Master Programme - ICP)

VLIR-UOS scholarships (International Master Programme - ICP) are offered to applicants from 31 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The scholarship could be for a masters or training programme at the Flemish university.

Career level
#Masters
Opportunity type
#Scholarship
Country
#Belgium

West African Research Association

WARA is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the promotion of research on West Africa and the diaspora, scholarly exchange, the dissemination of accurate information on West Africa and its diasporic communities, and increasing awareness of the critical place of West Africa in the global community. WARA offers a variety of awards ranging from travel grants to residencies to pre- and post- doctoral fellowships for research in West Africa and the U.S. All disciplines are welcomed to apply, but requirements vary by award.

Career level
#Post-graduate #EMCRs
Opportunity type
#Opportunities #Awards #Fellowships
Country
#WestAfrica #Africa
Field

#Any

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The University of Cambridge

Cambridge-Africa is a University-wide programme that supports researchers from sub-Saharan Africa and promotes mutually beneficial collaborations and equitable partnerships between Africa and Cambridge. There are currently five initiatives within the Cambridge-Africa Programme, which cover a range of disciplines and partner universities/institutes in sub-Saharan Africa. The Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund, CapreX, Thrive Cambridge, MUII-plus Cambridge and Cambridge Africa PhD scheme.

Career level
#Post-graduate #EMCRs
Opportunity type
#Partnerships
Country
#Sub-SaharanAfrica
Field

#Any

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Scholarships for Development

Scholars4dev, short for Scholarships for Development, is an updated listing of international scholarships specifically for people from developing countries, people who would like to pursue development-related fields, and people who seek global and national development through further education. It is our aim to help you find opportunities for higher education and become agents of development in your own countries and the rest of the world.

Career level
#Any
Opportunity type
#Opportunities
Country
#Developingcountries
Field

#Scholarships

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Medical Research Foundation

They independently fund and support promising research in areas of great clinical need but where there is low investment, creating the conditions required to take the improvement of human health to new and exciting frontiers.

Career level
#Post-graduate #EMCRs
Opportunity type
#Funding
Country
#Any
Field

#Humanhealth #Clinical

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Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases

By funding world-class research, the GACD aims to contribute to the evidence base that helps policymakers make informed decisions on addressing NCDs in areas around the world where the need is greatest. Therefore, the GACD funds implementation science research in low- and middle-income countries and involving vulnerable populations in high-income countries.GACD members collectively manage over 80% of all public health research funding. All research projects that are part of GACD research programmes receive their funding from the GACD associate member organisations that are participating in each respective programme. GACD member agencies also award funding for other areas of chronic disease research as well as for health research in general separately and researchers are invited to apply for these funds directly with the respective funding agencies.

Career level
#Post-graduate #EMCRs
Opportunity type
#Funding
Country
#Developingcountries
Field

#publichealth #chronicdiseases #healthresearch

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DFG German Research Foundation

The DFG offers many different opportunities to enable researchers to participate in international cooperation. Proposals with international participation can be submitted at any time, on any topic, as long as they satisfy the funding principles. There are also specific funding opportunities offered in partnership with foreign partner organisations. The DFG also provides lots of information in the form of various databases to help researchers in other countries find out about the research landscape in Germany.

Career level
#Post-graduate #EMCRs
Opportunity type
#Funding #Patnerships
Country
#Any

Advance Africa

Every year Advance Africa enable thousands of students in developing countries get scholarships and further their education. The various categories for the grants and scholarships are as follows:Research Grants for individuals, scholars, organizations and institutions; Financial support for research; grants/funding available to support scientists and research in the humanities and social sciences; small grants for individuals and small grants for individuals in developing countries.

Career level
#Post-graduate #EMCRs
Opportunity type
#scholarship #Funding
Country
#Africa

After School Africa

This is a platform that provides vast information on scholarships, internships, entrepreneurship and various different opportunities. Via their website you can acquire information on applying for various full scholarships aimed at African students.

Career level
#Any
Opportunity type
#Opportunities
Country
#Africa

Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF)

The Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) was established by the UK Medical Research Foundation to invest in talented, emerging researchers in Africa. They nurture African health research at its most vulnerable points by supporting and developing early-career researchers. They recognise that achieving better health in Africa needs more outstanding African-led health research, and better translation of that research into healthcare policy and practice. Their vision therefore is to grow the community of African researchers who will deliver excellent research in Africa, for Africa.

Career level
#EMCRs
Opportunity type
#funding
Country
#AfricansinUK
Field

#Healthresearch

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The Africa Desk

This platform provides information on different funding schemes available to African scholars aiming to engage in postdoctoral studies at a UK institution. Some are offered as part of broader schemes, while some are specifically aimed at African academics, often at those at the early stage of their career.

Career level
#EMCRs
Opportunity type
#funding
Country
#AfricansinUK

Volkswagen Foundation

The Volkswagen Foundation is dedicated to the support of the humanities and social sciences as well as science and technology in higher education and research. It funds research projects in path breaking areas and provides assistance to academic institutions for improvement of structural conditions of their work. The amount of the grant depends on each imitative.

Career level
#Post-graduate #fororganisations
Opportunity type
#funding
Country
#International
Field

#Hummanities #Socialsciences #Science #Technology

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The Elsevier Foundation

The Elsevier Foundation contributes over $1 million a year to non-profit organizations. It’s funded by Elsevier, a global information analytics company specializing in science and health. The Elsevier Foundation is part of Elsevier’s corporate responsibility program, along with a number of unique contributions dedicated to sustainable development.The foundation also works with the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD). The OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards are awarded to five women scientist every year. The call for nominations is held from June through September and the winners are announced during the following year at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in mid February. Important dates: the deadline is in late August each year for awards announced in the following year. Please check the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World website for latest news, eligibility and submission requirements.

Career level
#Fororganisations #WomeninSTEM
Opportunity type
#WomeninSTEM #Awards #Funding
Country
#International #Developingcountries
Field

#Science #Health

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Social Science Research Council: Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa

The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa is a program that was launched in 2011 in response to an emerging dilemma within higher education in the global South caused by the extraordinary emphasis on increasing undergraduate enrolment without proportionate investment in faculty development, limiting the ability of universities to produce the next generation of researchers, faculty, technocrats, and leaders. The program currently operates to strengthen tertiary education in Africa by offering a sequence of fellowship opportunities for promising PhD students to undertake research and make steady progress toward completion of the doctoral degree and one post-doctoral fellowship. Funding ranges from $3000 to $15000.

Career level
#Post-graduate
Opportunity type
#fellowships
Country
#Africa
Field

#Socialscience

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Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa is a multi-funder initiative that aims ‘to strengthen the capacities of science granting councils in sub-Saharan Africa in order to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to the continent’s economic and social development.’ On their website you can get a list of the participating councils.

Career level
#Post-graduate
Opportunity type
#Funding
Country
#Sub-saharanAfrica
Field

#Science

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Google

Google Awards STEM grants through their Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) is designed to support public and private organizations that support students through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiatives, especially programs geared toward students who might otherwise have limited access to such programs. A way you could become a recipient of this grant is joining an organisation that focuses on STEM and then applying through them.

Career level
#Fororganisations
Opportunity type
#Funding
Country
#International
Field

#STEM

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Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) Africa Awards and Grand Challenges Africa

This initiative is sponsored and in partnership with the Wellcome Trust (The Wellcome Trust). Delivered by the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa, this initiative aims to support world-class scientific research across the continent. Funding amounts vary according to decisions that would have been made by their internal panel.

Career level
#Post-graduate
Opportunity type
#Funding
Country
#Africa
Field

#Science

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Chevron

One of the aims of Chevron is ‘to focus on improving instruction in science, technology, engineering and math and on helping provide the career and technical training that can lead to well paid jobs.’ They now also sponsor the Chevron International REACH program for outstanding students who wish to pursue post-secondary education. Applicants should be intending to study on a full time basis and additionally current first year college students in a full time STEM course can also apply. Award: $500 to $2,500

Career level
#post-secondary education
Opportunity type
#Prizes
Country
#International
Field

#STEM

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Euraxess

Euraxess is a unique pan-European initiative delivering information and support services to both professional and aspiring researcher. It’s a platform that offers a getaway to Science4Refugess which is a platform by the European Commission aimed at helping refugee researchers find suitable jobs in today’s challenging research landscape.

Career level
#Any
Opportunity type
#Refugeesupport
Country
#Pan-European

Chevening Scholarships

The Chevening group offers fully funded scholarships to undertake any master’s course at any UK University. Applying for a Chevening scholarship is both competitive and challenging process therefore if you decide to go for it you have to be prepared to give it everything you’ve got! Click on the link below to get access to the Chevening Website. These scholarships cover – tuition fees, travel expenses and monthly stipend.

Career level
#Masters
Opportunity type
#Scholarship
Country
#UK
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