AESA/AAS Language Mobility Scheme Africa 2018

The deadline to submit your application will be 17:00 GMT on Friday 25 May 2018.

The Science and Language Mobility Scheme Africa is a five-year programme that funds researchers from Anglo and Francophone Africa to undertake scientific research in language regions other than their own. The programme seeks to build language skills and cultural capabilities of researchers as they undertake their projects, a strategy towards addressing one of the barriers to intra- Africa scientific collaboration. It is a collaboration between the African Academy of Sciences, Wellcome and Institut Pasteur providing travel grants for short term visits of up to six months to African researchers. At the AAS, the scheme will be implemented through the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA).

Objectives

  • Strengthen scientific collaboration between Anglo and Francophone speaking African researchers
  • Build language skills/capabilities in English and French among African researchers
  • Improve cultural understanding between English and French speaking African researchers.

Scope

Science and Language Mobility Scheme Africa is a closed call. Applicants will be grantees funded through the AAS and the NEPAD Agency’s AESA platform, such as the Human Hereditary and Health in Africa (H3 Africa), the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) Africa, and Institut Pasteur networks.
The scientific scope of applications should focus on biomedical science and public health of relevance to national, regional or global health.

While applications that involve existing collaborations will be considered, applications from new collaborations, young/early-career researchers (postdoctoral researcher not in an established academic post), and a diverse range of applicants, particularly female are strongly encouraged.

Purpose

The five-year programme seeks to increase intra-Africa research collaboration between English and French-speaking African scientists while breaking language and cultural barriers to allow scientists to learn from each other and better address the health and development challenges facing the continent.

Financial Support

  • The award will cover directly incurred costs up to $20,000 for durations of up to 6 months.
  • This is to cover the applicant’s visa fees, airfare (Economy class), subsistence whilst on the visit, language training costs for up to $2000 and research costs (where required, such as lab reagents).
  • The amount of each individual award will vary according to location and timescale. For example, if staying for a 6-month placement, the applicant may be expected to source university accommodation or a short term let. However, if visiting for a week, a hotel or equivalent may be more suitable. The decision committee will consider whether the expenses are reasonable and may ask for revised costing.
  • Please note that the grant can only be used to deliver the objectives stated in the grant application. Ensure that the best estimates for the full cost of undertaking the project described in the application are requested.
  • Applicants may not seek funding for conference attendance, salary, equipment, per diem and indirect costs.

Currency Details

You are requested to calculate your budgets using the local currency’s most current USDexchange rate and be willing to disclose the exchange rates used to the AAS as necessary.

Eligibility

You should:

  • Be a citizen of an African country
  • Be based in Africa
  • Be affiliated with a recognised academic, medical or research institution that is part of either the DELTAS Africa, H3Africa, or Institut Pasteur networks. For-profit organisations are not eligible
  • The call is also open to non-African investigators who must be resident in Africa (evidence may be requested), have an appointment/affiliation with an African institution, and their residence and tenure of service with the appointing African institution should cover the duration of the award.
  • Possess a PhD or postdoctoral fellowship or equivalent research qualification/professional experience.
  • Hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible institution which must span the duration of the exchange.

Application Process

  • All application forms should be submitted through the AAS Grants Management System (Ishango). Register and apply here
  • Answers should be restricted to the text boxes provided; the text boxes will expand automatically as you type. Where required you MUST adhere to the word limit.
  • Applicants must give an outline and justification of the funds they are requesting as well as a proposed timeline for their visit.
  • Abbreviations should not be used unless fully explained.

Application Documents

  • In addition, applicants will be required to provide the following information at the application stage to enable us to assess eligibility to receive travel awards:
  1. Evidence of support for exchange by an academic supervisor/line manager from applicant’s institution (release letter)
  2. Evidence of support from host institution (letter of acceptance)
  3. Curriculum Vitae.
  • Applications can be submitted in either English or French. The help desk will be provided in both languages.
  • A webinar for interested applicants will be held on 09 April, 2018 but if you have questions in advance of the webinar, please contact:
  • Africamobility@aasciences.ac.keIf successful, the funds will be received and administered by the home institution (employer). The support letter should be clear on the institution’s agreement to manage with prudence and integrity the funds received.

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