Department for International Development offers Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative Research Grants of up to £1,243,000 over a five year period for researchers of UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Brief Description: This programme is for scientists who want to develop collaborative research consortia between scientists in sub-Saharan Africa and a research institution in the UK. The overall aim of the scheme is to strengthen the research capacity of universities and research institution in sub-Saharan Africa by supporting the development of sustainable research networks.

Award Includes: The scheme provides funding towards research expenses, travel and subsistence costs, (PhD) training, and limited funds for equipment. The Programme Grant may provide support of up to £1,243,000 over a five year period.

Study Program: Awards are available for research level of study.

Study Major: Applications will be accepted in three research priority areas: Water & sanitation, Renewable energy and Soil-related research.

Host Organization: Programme Grants will provide support for Research Consortia, consisting of three African groups and one UK-based laboratory.

Number of Awards: The programme grants will support five awards.

National/International Students: The students of UK and Sub-Saharan Africa (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo DRC (Zaire), Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe)  can apply for this scholarship.

Governing Body: The Royal Society. The scheme is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development.

Application Procedure: The mode of application is online. Applications to the Programme grants will be initially reviewed by three members of the Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Strengthening Initiative panel.

Submission Deadline: The application deadline is 19 March 2015.

For more details visit the official site.