Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) Fellowship Program 2016 to Increase Access for African Researchers

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Deadline: 31 December 2015

The Biosciences eastern and central Africa -International Livestock Research Institute (BecA – ILRI) Hub is currently inviting applications for the Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) 2016 to increase access for African researchers to affordable, world-class research facilities.

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Program Objectives

  • Research: enabling research to harness the potential of the biosciences to contribute to increasing agricultural productivity and to improving food and nutritional safety and security.
  • Education: contributing to the education and training of the next generation of African agricultural research leaders and scientists.
  • Innovation: promoting the development, delivery and adoption of new technologies to address key agricultural productivity constraints.

The purpose of the ABCF fellowship program is to develop capacity for agricultural biosciences research in Africa, to support research for development projects that ultimately contribute towards increasing food and nutritional security and/or food safety in Africa, and to facilitate access to the BecA-ILRI Hub facilities by African researchers.

Eligible Countries

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Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Madagascar, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan.

Research Areas

  • Plant transformation to address food insecurity in Africa.
  • Plant-microbe interactions.
  • Tissue culture and virus indexing for production of virus-free planting materials in Africa.
  • Orphan/underutilized species of crops and livestock.
  • Crop pests, pathogens and weed management research, including biological control.
  • Microbial technology for improving adaptation of staple food crops and forages to biotic and abiotic stresses.
  • Food safety, including addressing aflatoxin and other mycotoxins contamination in food and feeds.
  • Nutritional analysis of food and animal feeds.
  • Rapid diagnostics for crop, livestock and fish diseases.
  • Genomics, bioinformatics and metagenomics including microbial discovery.
  • Studies on climate-smart forage grasses and mixed livestock-crop systems.
  • Microbial technology for improving adaptation of staple food crops and forages to biotic and abiotic stresses.
  • Soil health in agricultural systems.


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The fellowship will cover:

  • Research costs at the BecA-ILRI Hub
  • Travel
  • Medical insurance
  • Accommodation
  • A modest subsistence allowance

Eligibility Criteria

  • National (passport holder) of a BecA-ILRI Hub target country (mentioned above) are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya Rwanda, Senagal, Tanzania and Uganda are not eligible to apply to this call.
  • A separate strategy has been developed to support these countries through nominations, to build on the on-going engagements between national research organizations and universities in these countries and the BecA-ILRI Hub.
  • The nomination will also aim at filling priority national research gaps jointly identified through on-going engagements.
  • Currently engaged in research in food and nutritional security or food safety in Africa, or in a research area with relevance to agriculture in Africa.
  • Good working knowledge of written and spoken English.

How to Apply

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Applicants must fill the application form available on the website.

For more information, please visit Africa bioscience fellowship.