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British Ecological Society Ecologists in Africa Grants 2022


Applications for the British Ecological Society (BES) Ecologists in Africa Grants 2022 are now open. This grant provides support for Ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research.

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  • Position(s): Several
  • Applications closing Date: February 2, 2022
  • Vacancy Type: Permanent/Temporary.
  • Application Type: Grant
  • Duration: 18 months
  • Company Name: British Ecological Society


  • The maximum value of a grant is £8,000 for research. An additional sum of up to £2,000 may be requested to fund travel to help you develop connections with other ecologists outside your usual peer group. This must be requested at the application stage.
  • Travel funds are available to spend time working with ecologists in the Global North where facilities and experience will help you on return to your own institution.
  • Successful applicants also receive two years of free BES membership and free online access to BES journals.


You should:

  • be a scientist and a citizen of a country in Africa or its associated islands, that is a ‘low-income economy or ‘lower-middle-income economy according to the World Bank categorisation. This currently excludes – Botswana, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Libya, Namibia and South Africa.
  • have at least an MSc or equivalent degree.
  • be working for a university or research institution in Africa (including field centres, NGOs, museums etc.) that provides basic research facilities.
  • carry out the research in a country in Africa or its associated islands.

The proposed work must be completed within 18 months.

Assessment Criteria

  • The application will be judged by a panel of reviewers on the basis of your personal qualifications, the scientific excellence, novelty and feasibility of the proposal, and the academic and non-academic impact of the planned research.
  • You should demonstrate that you have made connections with ecologists in the Global North who can provide advice during the proposed project. If international travel is part of the application, you should demonstrate close links with those you propose to visit.
  • Funding is available for any area of ecological science excluding research focused solely on agriculture, forestry and bioprospecting. Please note that neither purely descriptive work nor studies that might be considered incremental will be funded.
  • The proposed project could be part of an existing program but the application should be for a clearly defined piece of research. Researchers must also show how their research will have a wider impact beyond academia.

How to Apply

Applicants are only able to submit one grant application per round, across all grant schemes. The deadline for application is March 18, 2022, at 17:00 GMT.

Click here to register.

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