Volkswagen Stiftung Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa 2022

Volkswagen Stiftung Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa 2022

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Volkswagen Stiftung Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa 2022: Volkswagen Foundation calls for application for postdoctoral fellowship aimed at extending and strengthening research in the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Application Deadlines:
November 26, 2021  – for draft proposals (prerequisite for full proposals)
December 20, 2021  – for full proposals (after personal consultation)

Eligible Countries: Sub-Saharan Africa

To be taken at (country): German and African institutions

About Volkswagen Stiftung Knowledge for Tomorrow Program

The funding initiative aims at the development and sustainable reinforcement of research in Sub-Saharan Africa and is open to all disciplines. A primary objective is to provide junior researchers in Africa with an opportunity to enhance their skills and academic qualifications and to open up future prospects in their home countries. Besides supporting African-German research cooperation, a special focus has always been on the development, reinforcement, and extension of academic networks within and beyond the African continent.

From time to time, the Volkswagen Foundation organizes thematic workshops in order to aid the identification of promising areas of future-oriented research and the development of innovative lines of research in a spirit of partner-like cooperation. These meetings are used to discuss the current status of research, identify research issues, and to explore and develop possibilities for cooperation with other researchers and research institutions inside sub-Saharan Africa.

Scope of Funding

Workshops, Symposia and Summer Schools in Africa

Funding can be made available for symposia, workshops (usually up to 50 participants) and summer schools (max. 60 participants). The initiative is thematically open and not confined to any particular subject area. The basic criteria are:

  • developed in cooperation between German and African scholars
  • participants from African and non-African countries (incl. Germany)
  • active participation of young researchers (doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers)

Applications can be filed at any time but at least eight months prior to the event date. In a first step, applicants are requested to send a draft proposal and discuss the proposed event’s general suitability for funding with the program manager.

pplications will only be accepted for processing after prior personal consultation. Details of requirements as well as the application procedure can be found under “Information for Applicants 81 (pdf)“. Applications must be submitted via the electronic application system.

Background

Within the Volkswagen Stiftung Knowledge for Tomorrow funding initiative, established in 2003, the Foundation adopted a long-term and sustainable perspective that enables young researchers in the region to engage in longer-term research at African research institutions. During the first phase of this initiative, cooperative research projects jointly developed and carried out by both junior as well as senior scholars and scientists from the African continent and Germany were funded. These projects provided junior researchers in Africa with an opportunity to enhance their skills and gain additional academic qualifications. During the second phase (ongoing since 2008), the Foundation has provided grants for junior and senior postdoctoral fellows to conduct their own research projects in various thematic fields (neglected tropical diseases, natural resources, engineering, social sciences, humanities and livelihood management) while based at African institutions. However, there will be no further open calls for postdoctoral fellowships. Upcoming calls will only address fellows, who are currently funded by the Foundation.

Scholarship Offered Since: The funding initiative was introduced in 2003.

Scholarship Type: Workshops, Training

Eligibility

The basic criteria for Volkswagen Stiftung Knowledge for Tomorrow Program are:

  • developed in cooperation between German and African scholars
  • participants from African and non-African countries (incl. Germany)
  • active participation of young researchers (doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers)

Number of Scholarships: not specified

Value of Volkswagen Stiftung Knowledge for Tomorrow Program:

The Program covers funding for symposia, workshops (usually up to 50 participants) and summer schools (max. 60 participants).

How to Apply for Volkswagen Stiftung Knowledge for Tomorrow Program

Details of conditions and the application procedure can be found under Information for Applicants 81k (pdf). Applications must be filed electronically via the application portal.

Visit Volkswagen Stiftung Knowledge for Tomorrow webpage for details

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