Ecologists in Africa Grant

British Ecological Society (BES)

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Next deadline: Sep 7, 2020 9:00am PDT

Later deadlines: Apr 3, 2021 10:00am PDT

Grant amount: Up to £8,000

Fields of work: Ecology

Applicant type: Research Scientist, Unaffiliated Researcher, Faculty, Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Africa

Location of residency: Benin; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Cape Verde Show all

Location of citizenship: Algeria; Benin; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon Show all

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This grant provides support for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research. We recognise that ecologists in Africa face unique challenges in carrying out research; our grant is designed support you to develop your skills, experience and knowledge base as well as making connections with ecologists in the developed world. We support excellent ecological science in Africa by funding services and equipment.

This grant provides support of up to £8,000 for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research. An additional sum up to £2,000 may be requested to fund travel to help you develop connections with other ecologists outside your usual peer group. Travel funds are available to spend time working with ecologists in developed countries where facilities and experience will help you on return to your own institution.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must:
    • Be a scientist and a citizen of a country in Africa or its associated islands, that is a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ according to the World Bank categorisation.
    •  Have at least an MSc or equivalent degree.
    •  Be working for a university or research institution in Africa (including field centres, NGOs, museums etc.) that provides basic research facilities.
    • Carry out the research in a country in Africa or its associated islands.
  • The proposed work must be completed within 18 months.
  • The grant can be used to pay for basic tools needed to conduct the research project, travel and in some cases part of the applicant’s salary.


  • Grant cannot be used for tuition fees.
  • This grant cannot be used to support research degrees; however, researchers who have already been registered at a research institute or university for at least six months by the application deadline for the grant, can apply for funding for research that goes towards a degree. Applicants in these circumstances need to indicate that they have already gone some way to starting their research and that the money will not go towards course fees or personal salary.
  • We will not award more than one grant to any one applicant. Failure to submit a satisfactory report at the end of a grant will mean you are ineligible to apply for further grants.

This page was last reviewed July 09, 2020 and last updated July 09, 2020