We are pleased to announce that the Call for Applications for our funding programme (AGNES Mobility Grant): the ‘AGNES Intra-Africa Mobility Grant for Junior Researchers’ is now open. The Grant is made possible through funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and with support of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH).
The AGNES Mobility Grant enables junior researchers (Masters and Doctoral students) from sub-Saharan African countries to spend research stays between 1 and 2 months at a university/research institute in another sub-Saharan African country (hereafter: host institution), where they will be collaborating with an experienced researcher (hereafter: scientific host). Eligible junior researchers need to demonstrate the relevance of their work for further development of their home countries in sub-Sahara Africa.
The Grant aims to be as financially comprehensive as is reasonably possible for a short stay outside the borders of the applicant’s country, covering travel and living costs, and includes a research allowance to the host institute on request to cover some of the research expenses. A maximum Grant amount of EUR 2 300 and EUR 3 000 is earmarked for 1 and 2 months stays, respectively.
(i) The applicant may be from any academic discipline but must be officially
(ii) He/she must have registered for the Masters or the Doctoral degree at a university/tertiary institute in sub-Sahara Africa
(iii) He/she must be a national of a sub-Saharan African country
(iv) Applicants must demonstrate clearly that their work is relevant towards development in sub-Saharan African countries and cannot be conducted in the home country.
(v) Only applicants with an identified scientific host and mutually agreed-upon proposal/work schedule will be considered for the Grant
How to apply
Interested junior scientists should submit their electronic applications directly to the AGNES Desk via email : [email protected] by 06th April 2018. Please ensure that the application and all supporting documents reach the AGNES desk by midnight South African time.
Complete applications must include the following:
– Letter of motivation from the junior scientist (applicant) with a short outline of the proposed research activity and a work schedule for achieving the aim(s) of the research project at the host institution. The scientific host must agree in writing to the proposal and time schedule.
– A standard CV of the applicant (use the template attached) and official proof of registration for the postgraduate degree (only current Masters and Doctoral students are eligible).
– Copy of the official Academic transcripts of applicant, reflecting the grades obtained in the undergraduate and any postgraduate study. Please supply the official explanation of the grading system.
– A list of publications (include an e-copy of at least the Title/Author page), or other proof of research outputs (e.g. Abstracts for conference posters, talks, presentations, etc.).
– Travel costs (by land or economy class flight): supply two quotes for the journey (including return travel) between the applicant’s country of residence and the country of the host institute). In general, the cheapest option shall be chosen.
– Estimated cost of living (rent, meals, local transport, health insurance) at the host institute. It is expected that applicants themselves will conclude a valid health insurance for the research stay. Scientific hosts and host institutes are expected to assist applicants in finding affordable accommodation and to advise them on establishing subsistence estimates.
– Invitation letter from the scientific host:
(i) confirming that a place to work will be available at the indicated period,
(ii) a binding declaration from the host institution, requesting an amount of the research cost allowance. A maximum amount of EUR 100 per month and EUR 200 per month, respectively, is earmarked for Humanities & Social Sciences, and Natural & Life Sciences and Engineering Sciences. If less than the maximum amount is stipulated, remaining funds out of the research cost allowance can be used for covering living cost of the Grantee.