Call for Nomination: The Royal Society Africa Prize 2022

The Royal Society calls for nominations from qualified scientists to its Royal Society Africa Prize 2022.

The prize is for early-career academics whose study must be based in Africa and has the potential to grow into a larger research enterprise as a result of the prize. To better represent how contemporary research is conducted, the Society is soliciting nominations of joint ventures, organizations, or teams for practically all of its honors this year. Furthermore, the Society is eager to increase the diversity of persons nominated for its prizes, so please think about all of the friends and colleagues. However, to nominate for any of the Royal Society medals and awards, one does not need to be a Fellow of the Royal Society.

The Royal Society Africa Prize will be awarded to an individual who has made a major contribution to African capacity building through an extraordinary, innovative contribution to science.

  • Grants are granted to be used for the research project described in the Society’s Flexi-grant system’s online form. Any changes to this project should be reported to the Royal Society.
  • The grant will be used to fund a research project that has the potential to continue beyond the grant’s 12-month period.
  • Nonetheless, the Prize winner must submit a report documenting the progress of their study, the progress of their project, and the expenditure of the Grant after 6 months and again after 12 months.


The Prize will make a grant of £15,000, including VAT where applicable, to the Recipient for a research project and £2,000 as a personal prize for the Recipient.

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Below are the requirements for the

  • The Royal Society Africa Prize is open to African citizens.
  • There are no restrictions on career stage and nominations will remain valid and shall be considered by the award selection committee throughout three nomination cycles.
  • Nominations can be made by senior academics and members of the national academies of science.
  • The project and nominee should be linked with an African centre of excellence, which would normally be a University, or equivalent research centre.
  • Normally the Prize is given to an individual who has not yet reached full Professorship status. Nominators are required to submit two referees for the nominee.
  • Referees should be as independent as possible – i.e. not from the same department, nor have published/ collaborated together with the nominee in the last 5 years.
  • The referees should also not be a member of the relevant selection committee nor the Council of the Royal Society.

Application Process

To Nominate, click here.

Deadline: February 25, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.

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