Up to £20,000 Collaborative Research Grant for Postdoctoral Researchers in the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund 2020

If you are a researcher at a post-doctoral level or above, apply for the 2020 Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Grant for a chance to receive seed funding to develop and strengthen your research project in collaboration with other researchers. 

Open to candidates from Cambridge and Sub-Saharan Africa, this is an opportunity for you to work jointly and closely with scholars/researchers across diverse disciplines to co-create research projects with the costs of research covered.

Application Deadline: September 6, 2020


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Selected applicants in the 2020 Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund will receive:

  • Grant funding of between £1,000 and £20,000, for:
    • Costs of research (such as reagents, and equipment)
    • Research-related travel between Cambridge and Africa
    • Carrying out research procedures and training activities in Africa (e.g. setting up courses/workshops).
  • Access to a network of research colleagues ready to collaborate to strengthen research 
  • Access to potential seed funding courtesy of the achievements/results gained from this opportunity


In order to be considered for the research fund, applicants are required to have satisfied the criteria and have the qualifications stated in the foregoing: 

  • A research student from  Cambridge


  • A research student higher institution in sub- Saharan Africa to co-create projects.
  • Both applicants have a formal connection to a research group/department/faculty in their home institution.
  • Both applicants must be at a post-doctoral level or above.

Requirements/Specifications/Terms and Conditions

  • Candidates should note that the ALBORADA Research Fund cannot pay for overheads, administration costs, bench, or for researchers to attend conferences.
  • Priority will be given to applications that build new partnerships (or expand existing ones) with the potential for long term collaboration.
  • The awards are not intended to support postgraduate students, however, limited support for students (e.g. as part of a research project or training visit) will be considered when there is a clear demonstration that this will enhance the relationship between the Cambridge and African Principal Investigators (PIs).
  • By submitting an application both applicants understand that they are both doing so with support from their Head of Department or equivalent
  • Projects should also ideally strengthen the research capacity of the African researcher and/or the African research institution/university

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Application Instructions

Applicants  should read carefully the Terms & Conditions including the full eligibility criteria, before applying.

The online application form has been designed to allow both applicants (Cambridge- and Africa-based) to log in, update, and eventually submit electronically.

  • To access the form, the Cambridge based applicant must firstly Register Here. Only applicants with @cam.ac.uk, @sanger.ac.uk, @babraham.ac.uk, @bas.ac., and @niab.ac.uk email addresses can register.
  • Then, the Cambridge-based applicant must log in to the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund application form, and click on the “Invite a 2nd applicant to view/edit this submission” option. Open this link in order to invite the Africa-based applicant to register and edit the forms.
  • If you are eligible to apply but are unable to register on the page above, then please contact alboradafund@cambridge-africa.cam.ac.uk
  • If you have already registered, Log In to access the form.

About the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund

The Cambridge-Africa Program was created as a fusion initiative from a number of individual, mutually-beneficial, and long-term collaborations between Cambridge and African researchers. 

Founded in 2008, the Cambridge-Africa scheme originated from the Founder, Professor David Dunne’s collaborative research on neglected tropical diseases across Africa in long-term partnerships with many highly talented African colleagues. 

The initiative was launched after the realization that Africa had  brilliant researchers, who had neither the facilities nor resources they needed and deserved to effectively identify and deal with Africa’s challenges 

The initiative aims to provide materials, resources, and support required to mentor the huge numbers of talented, next-generation, young researchers that Africa will need to maintain and accelerate its economic progress and future well-being.

 In a counter approach, leading research-intensive universities like Cambridge who are rich in exactly these resources and expertise were enlisted to help African colleagues and institutions bridge this short and medium-term mentorship gap. 

Then Cambridge-Africa was created. The program grew to encompass all subject areas — from archaeology to zoology – and cuts across all of sub-Saharan Africa.

Within 10 years of creation, the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund program has sealed partnership in 50 African Institutions, across 18 countries with regional outlets in Ghana and Uganda, a network of over 200 Cambridge collaborators, support for more than 40 African Ph.D. fellows in Africa and Cambridge and support for 75 Africa-based postdoctoral fellows.

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The deadline to submit an application for the research funding is Sunday 6th September 2020

Referees chosen by applicants will be contacted between September-October 2020  

Application results will be announced by October 2020

All applications submitted by joint applicants from both backgrounds are reviewed by a board of trustees on the Cambridge-Africa board

Further information may be requested from applicants by the Panel

Key Dates and Order of Program

Networking and Partnership Opportunities

The Cambridge-Africa is proudly supported by partners who share its objectives and intents. 

These partners include 

  • The A.G. Leventis Foundation, 
  • University of Cambridge
  • Isaac Newton Trust Foundation
  • Wellcome Trust New York
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York 
  • The Alborada Trust, 

to mention a few. 

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