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Crick African Network Career Accelerator Awards

The Crick African Network’s African Career Accelerator Awards (CAN ACA) will provide Fellowship support for African Post-Doctoral researchers (or non-African citizens with permanent residency status) who are aiming to make the transition to becoming an independent researcher and launching their own research group. The CAN ACA awards will invest in early-career researchers who have demonstrated strong scientific and leadership potential, as well as a commitment to continuing their research on the African continent. This call is made possible by funding from the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund

The Fellowships will be undertaken in not less than two locations: The Francis Crick Institute (UK) and at one of the five African partner institutions: The University of Ghana (Ghana), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), University of Cape Town (South Africa), MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM (The Gambia) and MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit. 


Applicants must be a citizen or have permanent residency status of one of the 55 African nations, as defined by the African Union. Applicants will also have a PhD and have no more than 6 years’ post-doctoral research experience (with allowances for legitimate career breaks) but more than 2 years’ post-doctoral experience unless the applicant has an outstanding track-record, supported by publication and employment history.


Each fellowship may have a value of up to £145,000. This award will cover the cost of travel for both relocation and conferences, as well as research-related costs for consumables and salary stipend. Each fellowship also includes the option of the purchase of equipment, with a single item up to a value of £10,000, and a total budget of £20,000.

Applicants must submit a mandatory Expression of Interest form

Contacts: CAN-Fellowships@crick.ac.uk or Yolande Harley (for UCT-specific queries).

Expression of Interest deadline: 1 April 2019

Call summary

Call is open

Post-doctoral fellowship up to the value of £145,000

The Expression of Interest Form is a mandatory stage

Call for Applications

Contacts: CAN-Fellowships@crick.ac.uk or Yolande Harley (for UCT-specific queries).

Deadline for Expression of Interest is 1 April 2019

Deadline for full applications is 8 May 2019