Africa is a continent teeming with natural resources ranging from arable land, water, oil, natural gas, minerals, forests, and wildlife.
Although it holds a huge proportion of the world’s natural resources, more can be done to ensure that these resources are used sustainably with positive impacts on Africa’s ecological and environmental future.
In light of this, the British Ecological Society has opened applications to its Ecologists in Africa grant program.
If you’re an ecologist passionate about investigating environmental pressures and impacts on Africa’s ecosystems and biodiversity, you may apply for the grant.
The Ecologists in Africa grant provides support for ecologists within Africa, enabling them to carry out innovative ecological research.
Having recognized that ecologists in Africa face unique challenges in carrying out research, the British Ecological Society designed the grant with the aim of helping them to develop needed skills, experience, and knowledge base as well as making connections with ecologists internationally.
The maximum value of a grant is £8,000 for research. An additional sum of up to £2,000 may be requested to fund travel to help winners develop connections with other ecologists outside their usual peer group. Note that this must be requested at the application stage.
Successful applicants will also receive two years of free BES membership and free online access to the society’s journals.
To qualify, you must
- Be a scientist and a citizen of a country in Africa or its associated islands;
- Hold at least an MSc or equivalent degree;
- Be currently working for a university or research institution in Africa (including field centers, NGOs, museums, etc.) that provides basic research facilities;
- Be prepared to complete the proposed work within 18 months;
- Be willing to carry out the research in a country in Africa or its associated islands;
This currently excludes – Botswana, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Libya, Namibia, and South Africa.
If you’re interested, click here to apply for the Ecologists in Africa grant.
Applications close on Friday, September 10, 2021.