January 2018 Grants & Resources

Grants & Opportunities Roundup: January 2018

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Every month our Global Partnerships Director Melissa Wu collects a range of opportunities for scientists and students in developing countries.

Here’s our monthly roundup of the latest calls and resources for January 2018.

Grants & Fellowships

Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)

Deadline: 12 January 2018

PEER is once again inviting researchers in selected developing countries to apply for funding support to carry out projects in a variety of topical and geographic focus areas. This cycle marks the return of the program's Open Call for proposals from all 65 eligible countries on a range of development-related fields, including biodiversity, agriculture, environment, clean energy, disaster mitigation, food security, water/sanitation, urbanization, democracy and governance, and education. Proposals on selected health-related topics may be appropriate for submission under the new focus area Multiple Countries/Family Planning and Reproductive Health.

Several countries are the focus of specially targeted calls this cycle, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Haiti, Laos, Peru, Tunisia, and Zambia. There is also a regional call focused on projects in the Middle East and North Africa relevant to health issues in refugee host communities.

Mawazo PhD Scholars Program

Mawazo Institute
Deadline: 26 January 2018

The Mawazo PhD Scholars program is a 1-year, non-residential fellowship aimed at women pursuing PhD studies focused on climate change and energy at Kenyan universities. The goal is to build a strong pipeline of future researchers who are prepared to ask insightful questions about African development and effectively communicate their results to both government and industry leaders and the general public.

Professional Development Grants for Conservationists

World Wildlife Fund's Education for Nature Program
Deadline: 1 February, 1 May, 1 August 2018

Professional Development Grants (PDGs) provide support for mid-career conservationists to pursue short-term, non-degree training to upgrade their knowledge and skills. These trainings can include short courses, certificate trainings, or conferences among other training opportunities. PDGs support training-related costs, including registration fees and tuition, meals and accommodations, books and materials, international travel, visa fees, and local transportation. Training may take place anywhere in the world.

Russell E. Train Fellowships

World Wildlife Fund's Education for Nature program
Deadline: 1 March 2018

These fellowships support individuals pursuing a master's or doctoral degree in conservation. Each year, WWF supports committed conservationists from target countries to receive financial support for their studies and field research. Applicants can apply to attend any university around the world and must return to their home countries to work in conservation for at least 2 years after completing their degree. The 2018 Fellowships include:

  • Building Capacity in the Galapagos: EFN is offering fellowships to future conservation leaders to enable them to pursue graduate-level study (master's and PhD) with the goal of advancing conservation in the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador only)
  • Current & Aspiring University Faculty for Conservation: EFN is providing fellowships to support current and aspiring university faculty that are affiliated with or currently employed at African, Asian, and Latin American universities to pursue doctoral degrees in conservation-related fields. After completing a degree, the individual must enhance, expand, or establish a graduate-level conservation program at a university in their home country (Select countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America)
Chronic, NCDs Research Training

Fogarty International Center
Deadline: 14 March 2018

The Chronic, Noncommunicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award program supports collaborative research training between institutions in the U.S. and low-and middle-income countries. This institutional research training program aims to sustainably strengthen the research capacity of the LMIC institutions, and to train in-country experts to conduct research on chronic, noncommunicable diseases and disorders, with the ultimate goal of implementing evidence-based interventions relevant to their countries.

Science and PINS Prize for Neuromodulation

Science and PINS
Deadline: 15 March 2018

The Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation is a competitive prize which honors scientists for their excellent contributions to neuromodulation research. The winner of the prize is awarded US$25,000 and publication of his or her essay in the journal Science

Research Project Grants

Leverhulme Trust
Deadline: rolling

The aim of these awards is to provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality and potential, the choice of theme and the design of the research lying entirely with the applicant (the Principal Investigator). The grants of up to £500,000 over 5 years provide support for the salaries of research staff engaged on the project, plus associated costs directly related to the research proposed, and the award is paid directly to the institution at which the applicant is employed.

Proposals must reflect the personal vision of the applicant and demonstrate compelling competence in the research design. The Trust favors applications that surmount traditional disciplinary academic boundaries and involve a willingness to take appropriate degrees of risk in setting research objectives.

Health-Professional Education Partnership Initiative (HEPI)

Fogarty International Center/NIH
Deadline: 28 March 2018

The goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs in the low-resource, high HIV-burden countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. 

Global Brain Disorders Research

Fogarty International Center
Deadline: 7 November 2018

The Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan program supports collaborative research and capacity building projects relevant to LMICs on brain and nervous system disorders throughout life. Grant recipients develop innovative, collaborative research programs that contribute to the long-term goal of building sustainable research capacity in nervous system function and nervous system impairment.

Exploratory and developmental research grants through the R21 announcement help researchers develop collaborations, build research capacity, and conduct pilot studies. Research grants through the R01 announcement support well-developed research collaborations and research capacity building for research networks within institutions, countries or regions.

SANBio Network Mobility grants

Deadline: 1 December 2018

The BioFISA II Program (a Finnish-Southern African Partnership Program) is aimed at strengthening the NEPAD SANBio Network and in this phase it focuses on boosting regional collaboration and networking. The SANBio Mobility Grant offers:

  • Support to candidates on fellowships is for a duration of up to 3 months and may include travel in the region or internationally.
  • Experts in technical or business fields may be invited by host institutions for up to 4 weeks for specific technical assistance to be provided to organisations in SANBio member states.
  • Knowledge exchange/peer to peer visits for up to 2 weeks duration includes regional and international meetings as well as seminars or training courses with a specific focus in the areas of health and nutrition and on strengthening the visibility of SANBio network partners, excluding conferences.
  • Business development mentorship programs to support bio-science start-ups for up to two weeks with the aim to support commercialization of research outputs.

The current SANBio Member States are Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Special Scholarship Program (engineering students)

Kochi University of Technology, Japan
Deadline: 16 March 2018

Scholarships for engineering students studying towards a PhD at Kochi University of Technology in Japan. Special Scholarship Program  is only for doctoral candidates and project-based. 

Asian Development Bank Scholarships

Participating Institutions in Asia and the US
Deadline: 6 months prior to enrollment

The Asian Development Bank/Japan Scholarship Program offers about 150 postgraduate scholarships a year for studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions. The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved MA/PhD course at a participating academic institution. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.

International Higher Education Scholarship Program

21 Partner Universities, Taiwan
Deadline: various

International education and training has long been one of the TaiwanICDF’s core operations, among many others. Human resources development programs play a vital role in assisting partner countries achieve sustainable development, and education is a crucial mechanism for training workforces in developing countries. The TaiwanICDF provides scholarships for higher education and has developed undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. programs in cooperation with renowned partner universities in Taiwan. The TaiwanICDF provides each scholarship recipient with a full scholarship, including return airfare, housing, tuition and credit fees, insurance, textbook costs and a monthly allowance.

International Higher Education Scholarship Program

University of Hawai'i, US
Deadline: 1 February 2018

The United States South Pacific Scholarship Program (USSP), authorized by the US Congress and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, is a competitive, merit-based scholarship program that provides opportunities for Master’s and Bachelor’s degree study at the University of Hawai‘i in fields that are directly relevant to the development needs of Pacific island countries. The scholarship program will include a mentoring component with a possible follow-on summer internship, and readily accessible opportunities for participation in host family and volunteer service programs. Candidates from the following countries, who meet specific criteria, are eligible for the program: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Aga Khan Fellowships

Deadline: 8 March 2018

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies, in order to develop effective scholars and leaders and to prepare them for employment, primarily within the AKDN. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July. The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master's level courses but is willing to consider applications for PhD programs, only in the case of outstanding students who are highly recommended for doctoral studies by their professors and who need a PhD for the fulfillment of their career objectives (academic or research oriented). The Foundation accepts applications from nationals of the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique.

VLIR-UOS Fellowships

Universities in Belgium
Deadline: various

VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to applicants from 31 eligible countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to attend one of the selected trainings or Master programs taught in English at a Belgian Flemish university or university college covering all related expenses. A call for scholarship applications is launched every year in November. The deadline depends on the training or Master program you are applying for.

Global Leaders Fellowship

George Washington University, USA
Deadline: 6 April 2018

The Global Leaders Fellowship is for incoming graduate students (master's and doctoral) who have applied to the George Washington University for Fall 2018 admission. (Current GW graduate students are not eligible for this fellowship). The fellowship is intended for GW graduate students who will be future leaders in their fields in their home countries, returning to their countries of origin to apply skills learned through their formal education at GW. This fellowship is for students who have not studied or worked in the US or other countries aside from their home country.

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