The British Ecological Society recognises that ecologists in Africa face unique challenges in carrying out research; the grant is designed to support you to develop your skills, experience and knowledge base as well as making connections with ecologists internationally. They support excellent ecological science in Africa by funding services and equipment.
The grant can be used to pay for basic tools needed to conduct the research project, travel and in some cases part of the applicant’s salary. It cannot be used for tuition fees.
- The maximum value of a grant is £8,000 for research. An additional sum up to £2,000 may be requested to fund travel to help you develop connections with other ecologists outside your usual peer group. This must be requested at the application stage.
- Travel funds are available to spend time working with ecologists in the Global North where facilities and experience will help you on return to your own institution.
- Successful applicants also receive two years of free BES membership and free online access to the journals.
- You should:
- be a scientist and a citizen of a country in Africa or its associated islands, that is a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ according to the World Bank categorisation
- have at least an MSc or equivalent degree
- be working for a university or research institution in Africa (including field centres, NGOs, museums etc.) that provides basic research facilities
- 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..
- This grant cannot be used to support 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.
- All costs must be clearly justified within the budget section. Any costs that are not justified will not be considered. Please ensure all costs are clearly calculated in GBP (British Sterling).
- If you were previously awarded an Ecologists in Africa grant, you are unable to apply for this grant again. Failure to submit a satisfactory report at the end of a grant will mean you are ineligible to apply for further grants.
For more information, visit British Ecological Society.
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