2024 Call for Applications: The Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund

The 2024 call for applications is open for the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund for post-doctoral level and above from the University of Cambridge and affiliated institutions.

The purpose of the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund is to encourage research, training, and engagement activities between Cambridge and Africa. Applicants from Cambridge apply jointly with applicants from universities/ institutes in Africa and co-create the projects.

An important function of the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund is to act as a seed fund/catalyst to enable the development of new research activity and further joint funding applications. Priority will be given to applications that build new partnerships (or expand existing ones) with the potential for long-term collaboration. Projects should also ideally strengthen the research capacity of the African researcher and the African research institution/university.


  • Travel Award (Cambridge/Africa or Africa/Cambridge) £5000
  • Support for a workshop or research training course in Africa £10,000
  • Equipment £20,000
  • Research project £20,000


To qualify for the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund:

  • The applicants should have a formal link to a research group/department/faculty in their home institution.
  • The Cambridge applicant must either work at the University of Cambridge or a Research Institute affiliated with the University.
  • They must remain employed beyond the end date of their ALBORADA awards.
  • The Cambridge applicants will act as the lead applicants, for administrative purposes, as the awards will be paid to their Cambridge Departments/Faculties/Institutes.
  • The African applicant must be based in an African Research Institution or University.

Application Process

The applicants must register and complete a saveable online application form on the Cambridge Africa website. Final submissions should include the following documents:

  • CVs for both the Cambridge and Africa PI Cases for support and a lay summary
  • An itemized budget (template provided)
  • A letter of support from the department/faculty of the Cambridge PI. (For the Department of Engineering, a letter of support from the Head of Division is needed).
  • An email from an institutional email account is also acceptable.
  • A letter of support from the department/institution of the African PI
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To register for the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund, click here

Deadline: September 12, 2024.

For more information, visit the official site.

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