Get up to £8,000 Grant for African Ecologists in the British Ecological Society Grants (Round 2)2020

Apply for the British Ecological Society Grants 2020 and receive up to £8,000 to carry out innovative ecological research.

Successful grant awardees will receive funding to cover costs of services and equipment in their research, as well as developing skills and training while connecting with expert ecologists.

Application Deadline: September 7, 2020


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If you are selected, you will receive:

  • A research grant funding of up to £8,000
  • Extra funding of up to £2,000(on request at the application stage) to cover travel expenses in order for you to work closely with ecologists in developed countries where facilities and experience will help you on return to your home institution.
  • 2 years of free BES membership and online access to journals.


To be eligible for this grant, you must

  • Be a scientist and a citizen of an African country or associated islands, tagged low income/Low-middle-income according to the World Bank categorisation
  • Hold a minimum of an MSc qualification or comparable degree
  • Be working for a university or research institution in Africa (including field centres, NGOs, museums etc.) that provides basic research facilities


  • Grant awardees are required to carry out the research in a country in Africa or its associated islands
  • The proposed project must be completed within 18 months. 
  • A report must be submitted within three months of the end date of your award via the organizer’s online grants system.
  • The grant can be used to cover basic services relevant to the research project, travel and partially as awardee’s salary. It cannot be used for tuition fees.
  • Applicants are to demonstrate that connections with ecologists in a developed country, that can provide advice during the proposed project, has been made. If international travel is part of the application, demonstrate close links with those proposed to visit.
  • This grant cannot be used to fund research degrees; however, researchers who have already been registered at a research institute or university for at least six months by the application deadline for the grant, can apply for funding for research that goes towards a degree. Applicants in these circumstances need to indicate that they have already gone some way to starting their research and that the money will not go towards course fees or personal salary.
  • Some funding may be provided to cover expenses during research where it is shown that the grant awardee will not be able to afford the time off from other paid employment. In these cases, state if the research work will be possible without BES funding to cover this lost income.
  • The cost of proposed project must be precisely stated and calculated in GBP (British Sterling) in the budget section. Irrelevant expenses will not be considered. 
  • The BES should be acknowledged in and notified of any publications supported by this funding.
  • Only one per each applicant will be awarded. 
  • Submission of an unsatisfactory report at the end of a grant will mean you are ineligible to apply for further grants.
  • Re-submission Policy: The BES does not accept re-submissions of the same project. 

Applications will be rejected without any assessment if they are re-submissions of a proposal rejected in a previous round, or if they represent only a minor revision of such a proposal (for example, with a modified experimental design). 

As a guide, to be significantly different, at least 80% of objectives and activities should be different to the original proposal.

  • The proposed project could be part of an existing programme but the application should be for a clearly defined piece of research. Researchers must also show how their research will have a wider impact beyond academia.

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Application Instructions

Each applicant is only able to submit one grant application per round, across all grant schemes. To apply, 

  • Read applications samples here before commencing your application. 
  • Statements of support from two referees are required. If you are applying for travel funds, one of your referees must be from your host institution.

These statements should include:

    • Why the project is important
    • What support will be given to you and a statement that any equipment bought for the project will be made available for anyone in the host institution to conduct ecological research. 

The BES will contact the referees using the email addresses provided in the application; both reference statements must be completed online before the application deadline. Referee statements sent via email or by letter will not be accepted.

  • When applications open, register/log in the BES online grants system, complete your contact details, and navigate to ‘Your Applications’.
  • To Apply, click here

About the British Ecological Society Grants(Round 2) 2020

Since its inception  in 1913, the British Ecological Society(BES), the oldest ecological society in the world has been committed to fostering the science of ecology. 

It’s goals, objectives, members and ventures on a global scale are geared towards the advancement of ecological science. 

Since January 2018, the BES Ecologists in Africa Grant has been opened twice annually, in line with all other BES grants.

This round 2 of the Ecological Society grants is intended to provide support for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research.

On the realization that ecologists in Africa deal with distinct issues in carrying out research; the grant was designed to support skills development, experience and knowledge base.

The grant is available for any field of ecological science excluding research focused solely on agriculture, forestry and bioprospecting.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

Applying for the second round of funding for 2020 will close by the deadline of 5:00pm (BST) Monday 7th September 2020. 

All applications will be reviewed by a panel of reviewers on the basis of:

  • Applicants’ personal qualifications
  • Scientific excellence
  • Originality, innovation and feasibility of the proposal
  • The academic and non-academic impact of the planned research.

View the scoring criteria to find out how your application will be rated.

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