Female Researcher’s Grant 2024: Call for Applications

Application Deadline: 30 March 2024

Applications are now open for the 2024 Future Rural Africa Female Researcher’s Grant.

The aim of the grant is to support female researchers from the Global South at an early stage of their career. Applications from female scientists from the African partner countries of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) “Future Rural Africa” are strongly encouraged. Applications from natural sciences, social science, as well as arts and humanities are welcome.

The grant contributes directly to the mission for capacity building of the CRC-TRR 228, and is designed to enable female researchers to expand their network and develop expertise. Funding is available for creative scientific ideas that connect to the research topics of the CRC and have not yet been covered in the scientific programme of the CRC. Thereby, the recipient of the grant will enrich the research carried out by the CRC by adding new perspectives and innovative conclusions. The CRC can increase its visibility and outreach through the grant. Furthermore, the members of the CRC can profit from the newly built cooperations.

The CRC is oriented around the broad themes of social-ecological change, conservation, and shaping the future of Africa. Here, research focuses on processes of conservation, intensification, and infrastructuring in five priority countries: Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, and Botswana. Please check the research centre’s website for more information on its scope, concepts, and goals.

Grant Details

  • Amount: 5000 Euros
  • Applicant Eligibility: Open to one female scientist or multiple applicants
  • Usage: The grant can be utilized for various research-related expenses, such as travel, consumables, fees, assistance or services. However, it cannot be allocated for living expenses, hardware, or software
  • Review Process: All expenses will undergo a thorough eligibility review by the Department of Research Management at the University of Cologne
  • Deadline: March 30, 2024
  • Submission: Applications in PDF format via email to crc228-genderboard@uni-koeln.de

We welcome applications from female master’s students and doctoral students. Women scientists involved in an ongoing CRC project are not eligible. Applicants are welcome from all parts of the world; applications from women scientists from the CRC’s African partner countries are strongly encouraged. The research area must be in one of the CRC research countries.

Selection Criteria

  • Relevance to the Future Rural Africa’s five priority countries: Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana
  • Relevance to our core themes: conservation, intensification, and infrastructuring. Please check the research centre’s website for more information on its scope, concepts and goals.
  • We will prioritise early career researchers (that means, Master students and PhD candidates)

Required Documents

  • the filled-out application form, including the financial plan (see below)
  • a description of the research idea and its implementation (approximately 2 pages)
  • a curriculum vitae

Terms and Conditions
A jury consisting of the Future Rural Africa Board for Gender Equality and Diversity (former: Gender Board) will evaluate the applications and select the projects that will receive funding. After the research, the winner must write a 10-page report on the research findings and give a presentation at one of our project meetings. The research
must be conducted this year and all supporting documents must be submitted by December 31, 2024. The recipient of the grant will be associated with the CRC-TRR. We very much look forward to receiving creative proposals! If you have any questions about the application, please do not hesitate to contact us at crc228-genderboard@uni-koeln.de.

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