April 2019

Grants & Opportunities Round-up: April 2019

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Every month we collect opportunities that scientists and students in developing countries can take advantage of. Here’s our monthly roundup of the latest calls and resources for April 2019.

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Grants & Fellowships

Instrumental Access

Deadlines: 14 June 2019, 30 August 2019

We are thrilled to announce the March 2019 Instrumental Access Call for Applications is now open! Instrumental Access is Seeding Labs’ flagship program that provides universities and research institutes with high-quality scientific equipment and supplies at an affordable price. We’ve been committed to supporting the global scientific community for the past 10 years.

To date, we’ve shipped more than 212 tons of Instrumental Access equipment to 70 institutions in 34 countries. It’s been an honor and a privilege getting to know our current and past awardees, and we can’t wait to meet the next group! You are invited to apply or share this opportunity with your colleagues. Please help us spread the word!

One Planet Fellowship

Deadline: 30 April 2019

The inaugural call for the One Planet Fellowships is now open for eligible African climate scientists. This is an interesting new model involving European and African scientists sponsored by Gates and the Paribas Foundation. Both francophones and anglophones are welcome and there are different application links, depending on the language you want to apply in. Applicants who are citizens of the following countries are eligible to apply: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia.

OWSD Early Career Fellowship

Deadline: 30 April 2019

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) Early Career Fellowship is a prestigious award of up to US$50,000 offered to women who have completed their PhDs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and are employed at an academic or scientific research institute in one of the listed Science and Technology Lagging Countries. The OWSD Early Career fellows will be supported to establish an environment at their institution where they can maintain an international standard of research and attract scholars from all over the world to collaborate.

Amphibian Ark Conservation Grants

Deadline: 1 May 2019

Amphibian Ark Conservation Grants are intended to support conservation projects for amphibian species that cannot currently be saved in the wild, with a focus on ex situ actions, and in partnership with appropriate field activities. Preference will be given to projects for species which have been assessed as in need of ex situ rescue or research work, either as a recommendation from a Conservation Needs Assessment or a similar, national assessment process. Amphibian Ark accepts funding applications for the following types of grants:  

  • Start-up grants – One-time grants of up to US$5,000 are available.
  • Start-up grant extensions – Grants of up to US$4,000 for year 2 and US$3,000 for year 3 are available.
  • Workshop attendance – Grants of up to US$750 are available.
  • Mentorship grants - Grants up to US$1,500 are available.
  • Emergency grants – limited funding is available.
American Museum of Natural History Collections Study Grant

Deadline: 1 May 2019

Collection Study Grants enable pre-doctoral, current/recent postdoctoral investigators and other early career research scientists to study the scientific collections at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in in the divisions of Anthropology, Invertebrate Zoology, Physical Sciences, Paleontology, and Vertebrate Zoology. The awards partially support travel and subsistence for scientists on short term AMNH visits.

ISblue International Postdoctoral Fellowships in Marine Sciences

Deadline: 3 May 2019

The Interdisciplinary School for the Blue Planet (ISblue) launches an international post-doctoral
fellowship program
. ISblue offers creative young scientists the opportunity to develop their own research project in one of the ISblue laboratories. As part of the strong multidisciplinary ISblue community,
post-doctoral fellows gain a fantastic experience and new opportunities for career development in
marine science and technology. The postdoctoral appointment is for a period of two years. Recipients of the awards will receive a gross annual salary of €37,200. In addition, support is available for travel expenses, equipment and supplies (€5,000 per year).

Nestlé Foundation’s Research Grants to Support Human Nutrition Research

Deadline: 10 May 2019

The Nestlé Foundation is accepting applications for its Research Grants program to initiate and support research in human nutrition with public health relevance in low-income and lower middle-income countries. The Foundation offers different award and grant categories:

  • Training Grant
  • Pilot Grant
  • Full Grant (small / large)

The eligibility criteria as well as the research objectives and topics have to be fulfilled independently from the grant category. The awards range from US$20,000 to up to US$100,000 per year for a maximum of three years.

e-ASIA Joint Research Program

Deadline: 14 May 2019

The e-ASIA Joint Research Program is accepting proposals that will address health and medical issues   in East Asia and contribute to the development of enhanced regional biomedical and public health research capacity through multilateral collaboration. The focus of this joint call is on the following  research areas: infectious disease research, antimicrobial and multidrug resistance research, or cancer research.

Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships

Deadline: 15 May 2019

The Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellowships are designed for outstanding Indians to pursue a master's degree program at select US colleges and universities in the areas of Arts and Culture Management including Environmental Science/Studies and Public Health. These fellowships are for highly motivated individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities, have completed the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree, have at least three years professional work experience, and are committed to return and contribute to their communities. The fellowships are for one to two years.


Deadline: 20 May 2019

This funding opportunity will support projects to enhance the availability and delivery of safe blood to be used for transfusion in patients from low or lower-middle income countries (LLMICs) in Sub-Saharan Africa - for example, ensuring that children with malaria or sickle cell disease and pregnant women who suffer from obstetric hemorrhage have access to safe transfusion therapies is of high programmatic interest. BLOODSAFE will support projects that develop and test feasible, effective and sustainable strategies to increase the number of safe blood donors, to improve quality and safety of blood supplies, and to enhance blood delivery to patients in need, especially in remote settings. Applicants may request up to 2 years for the first phase and up to 4 years for the second phase with budgets of maximum US$415,000 in FY2020 and in FY2021 (first phase)

OWSD PhD Fellowship

Deadline: 30 May 2019

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) PhD Fellowship is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries to undertake PhD research in the Natural, Engineering and Information Technology sciences at a host institute. Candidates can choose between two study schemes:

  • A full-time fellowship (maximum 4 years funding), where the research is undertaken entirely at a host institute in another developing country in the South.

A sandwich fellowship, where the candidate must be a registered PhD student in her home country and undertakes part of her studies at a host institute in another developing country.

Contests & Prizes

World Food Prize

Deadline: 1 May 2019

The World Food Prize Foundation is currently accepting nominations for its globally renowned award of US$250,000 that recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. Fields of achievement include, but are not limited to: soil and land; plant and animal science; food science and technology; nutrition; rural development; marketing; food processing and packaging; water and the environment; natural resource conservation; physical infrastructure; transportation and distribution; special or extraordinary feeding programs; social organization and poverty elimination; economics and finance; policy analysis; and public advocacy.

Nigeria Prize for Science

Deadline: 3 May 2019

Nigeria LNG Limited invites entries for The Nigeria Prize for Science, in line with its vision of helping to build a better Nigeria. This annual prize for science is to recognize outstanding scientific achievements by Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike for advancing scientific solutions to a prescribed problem afflicting Nigeria, as captured by the theme for the year. The theme for the 2019 competition is Climate Change: Erosion, Drought and Desertification. The winner(s) would receive an award of US$100,000.

Africa Food Prize

Deadline: 14 May 2019

The Africa Food Prize is an award of US$100,000 recognizing the extraordinary individual or institution whose contributions to African agriculture are forging a new era of sustainable food security and economic opportunity for all Africans. The Africa Food Prize can be awarded to any individual or identifiable group of individuals, as well as to established institutions, associations, organizations or government bodies with a formal and recognized judicial and organizational structure contributing to the overall objectives of the Prize.

Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award

Deadline: 24 May 2019

Nominations are open for Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award 2019 (NHEA) that is designed to celebrates distinguished personalities and organisations who have contributed immensely to the growth of the Nigerian health sector. NHEA’s recognition aims to stimulate quality improvement and innovation in the Nigerian health sector leading to improved service delivery & management of key health issues and the capacity of individuals to influence and set new performance standards in Nigeria & beyond.

Course Scholarships

Intensive Course in Fundamentals of Implementation Science in Global Health

Deadline: 15 May 2019

This course is offered by the University of Washington Department of Global Health in Seattle, Washington, USA from 26-30 August 2019. Scholarship support of a full or partial waiver for the course fee is available to a limited number of participants who are citizens of a non-OECD country. Support for airfare, room and board is not available. Requests for support should be accompanied by a letter from applicant’s supporting institution outlining need and the support they will be able to provide toward applicant’s expenses.

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  1. I will like to know if there is provision for a PhD student to undergo a benchwork between 6-9 months in Geophysics in any of the Pakistan University.

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      Hi there, Thanks for your interest. Seeding Labs doesn’t offer provisions like this. Good luck in your studies!

  2. I am a P.hD. Biotechnology student in Kenya working on silencing sugarcane mosaic virus genes p1, HC-Pro and VPg genes in maize lethal necrosis susceptible maize lines. My budget totals up to USD 20000. I would like to know if there is any assistance reserved for such work in developing countries.

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      Hi Justus, thanks for your request. I’m sorry that Seeding Labs is not able to offer financial support to students. Best of luck in your studies.

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