AREF Research Development Fellowship Program 2023/24

The Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) is requesting applicants to apply for its 2023/2024 AREF Research Development Fellowship Programme for Early-Career health Researchers (ECR).

The Research Development Fellowship Program’s goal is to give excellent African health researchers the chance to lead research that is relevant to the continent’s conditions and can lessen the burden of disease. It seeks to advance young African scientists by enhancing their knowledge, expertise, self-assurance, and research outputs.

Fellowships offer awardees the opportunity to develop their own research ideas, research skills and capabilities, to grow their research relationships through collaboration and mentorship, and to work towards a substantial research funding proposal.


Applicants can ask for a maximum of:

  • £25,000 for a Fellowship with a 3-month placement
  • £37,000 for a Fellowship with a 6-month placement
  • £47,000 for a Fellowship with a 9-month placement


The Research Development Fellowship scheme focuses on Early-Career health Researchers (ECR) from Africa who plan to
develop their research career in Africa and have the potential to become research leaders.

  • Applicants must demonstrate that they have chosen to focus their career on human health
    research and are progressing on the pathway to become, but are not fully established as independent researchers, with the potential to lead research that is original and innovative.
  • They must be a national of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Applicants need not be resident in Africa at the time of applying, provided that the
    application is officially supported by an African institution
  • Applications must be working at least 20% Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) in an active research role

However, individuals with the following qualifications may apply:

  • Clinicians and non-clinicians with a PhD qualification or equivalent postgraduate degree
    (DPh/DPhil/MD) in a health-related subject from a recognised institution of higher
    education or,
  • Clinicians with a specialist clinical qualification. Must have an MBBS or equivalent and a
    specialist clinical qualification.
  • They must have an MBBS or equivalent and the Master must
    have contained a research component.
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Application Process

  • Read the Guidance on completing the AREF Research Development Fellowship application forms to understand the call and submission details.
  • Consult academic and research support/management staff at the organizations involved at an early stage.

To apply for AREF Research Development Fellowship Program 2023/24, click here

Deadline: September 14, 2023.

For more information on AREF Research Development Fellowship Program 2023/24, visit the official site.

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