Cambridge-Africa Research Fund for Sub-Saharan African Researchers

APPLY: 2022 Cambridge-Africa Research Fund for Sub-Saharan African Researchers

The 2022 Cambridge-Africa Research Fund is currently open for interested and qualified researchers from the African continent.

The Cambridge-Africa Research Fund awards grants of up to £20,000, for research costs and research-related travel between Cambridge and Africa.

The fellowship offers researchers the opportunity to carry out new findings at the prestigious University of Cambridge.

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Scholarship Summary

  • Host Country: Cambridge, UK
  • Study Abroad: Study in the UK 
  • Category: Fellowships
  • Eligible Countries: Sub-Sahara Africa (including Sudan)
  • Reward: £20,000 Grants
  • Deadline: September 5, 2022.

Scholarship Details:

The Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund was established in 2012, with generous support from the ALBORADA Trust. The Fund supports pairs of researchers (post-doctoral level and above) from the University of Cambridge (or an affiliated institution such as the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, NIAB, and British Antarctic Survey) and sub-Saharan African institutions, across all disciplines, to initiate and/or strengthen research collaborations. To date, more than 260 awards have been made, to enable Cambridge researchers to engage with African colleagues from 31 African countries.

Some awardees have been able to use the preliminary results from their seed fund/research collaboration to apply for and win significant funding (e.g. Royal Society/Leverhulme Awards, Global Challenges Research Fund, etc.).

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Scholarship Requirements:

To be considered for the fellowship, you must satisfy the following:

  • Applications should be submitted jointly by an applicant based in Cambridge and an applicant based in a university or research institution in sub-Saharan Africa.


  • Both applicants must be at the post-doctoral level or above, and by completing 2 applications, it is understood that they are both doing so with support from their senior researcher/head of group/principal investigator, if they are not in this position themselves.


  • Both applicants should have a formal link to a research group/department/faculty in their home institution.


  • The Cambridge applicant must be either working at the University of Cambridge, or at a research institute affiliated with the University. Previous successful Cambridge applicants have included those from Wellcome-Trust Sanger Institute; MRC Human Nutrition Research; National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB).

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  • The African applicant must be from a sub-Saharan African research institution or university. The Cambridge applicants will act as the lead applicants, for administrative purposes, as the awards have to be paid to their Cambridge departments/faculties/institutes.


  • Requests for additional support from returning Cambridge or African recipients will only be considered in the following instances:
    • For supporting courses and workshops in Africa that have been previously funded, or are new. Applicants must provide justification that includes evidence that other sources of funding have been sought, and what plans there are for future funding sustainability. Also, a report(s) should have been submitted for the previous funding received.
    • Request for funding for research (reagents, equipment, or travel) with the old or new collaborator, but a new project. A report (s) should have been submitted for the previous funding received.

Scholarship Duration and Rewards

  • Grants are between £1,000 and £20,000. Awards will range from £1,000–£20,000, and limits apply for categories as follows:
    • maximum of £20,000 for applications in the sciences (including equipment).
    • maximum of £6,000 for applications in the social sciences and humanities.
    • A maximum of £5,000 for a workshop/course in Africa.
    • maximum of £3,000 for a travel award.

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The Method of Application

  • The online application form has been designed to allow both applicants (Cambridge- and Africa-based) to log in, update, save, and eventually submit electronically.
  • To access the form, the Cambridge-based applicant must register. Only applicants with,,, and email addresses can register.
  • The Cambridge-based applicant must then log in to the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund application form, where they will see the words “Invite a 2nd applicant to view/edit this submission.”
  • Click on the button below to commence your application.


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