Call for Expressions of Interest to the Crick African Network’s African Career Accelerator Awards

Fellowships are for a duration of up to two years, and may include personal salary/stipend, visa costs and research expenses to implement the research. The Fellowships will be undertaken in not less than two locations: The Francis Crick Institute (‘the Crick’, UK) and at one of the five African partner institutions: The University of Ghana (Ghana), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), University of Cape Town (South Africa), MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM (The Gambia) and MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit. Fellows will spend at least six months in each location, although this can be accumulated in more than one visit. The remainder of the fellowship could be spent at the Crick, the African partner institution, or a third institution situated in Africa. It is expected that approximately six fellowships will be awarded in this round, each with a value of up to £145,000. Provision has been made to cover costs of travel for both relocation and conferences, as well as research related costs for consumables. Each fellowship also includes the option of the purchase of equipment, with a single item up to a value of £10,000, and a total budget of £20,000.

Fellows will be supported by two supervisors/advisors: one each from the Crick and the chosen African partner institution, as well as having the option of support from one of the 14 Crick Science Technology Platforms (STP) which specialize in specific techniques and technologies.

In the event that the Crick does not have a directly aligned Group Leader, but there is expertise in the research area from the African Partner institution it will be possible to select a Science Technology Platform to align with for the duration that research is conducted at the Crick, and a Crick Group Leader could be found as a mentor. These projects should seek to gain advanced training in the technique of the Science Technology Platform.

In addition to conducting the proposed research programme, Fellows will participate in advanced training which will provide the skills and competencies to make the transition to becoming an independent research leader on the African continent. To facilitate this, Fellows will be supported to submit a research grant proposal to major international funders in order to be able to continue their work after the end of the Fellowship.

Fellowships will commence no later than 31st October 2019.

Call for applications

Call status: open

  • Call opens: Friday 2 November
  • The Expression of Interest Form is a mandatory stage
  • Deadline for Expression of Interest is 1 January 2019
  • Deadline for full applications is 1 February 2019, 16:00 GMT

Click here to apply.