The Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID) is pleased to inform the university community that the Crick African Network has announced a Call for Applications for the African Career Accelerator Awards. The programme is supported by the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund. The awards will provide fellowship support for African Post-Doctoral researchers whose interests are to transition to becoming independent researchers and aiming to launch their own research group. The awards further seek to 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.     



Thematic areas of the research must focus on infectious diseases of poverty with emphasis on Tuberculosis, Malaria and HIV/AIDS, but also extending to neglected tropical diseases or non-communicable diseases. There exists opportunities for clinical research, however the possibility will have to be discussed specifically with potential supervisors/advisors and their institutions to confirm availability of resources to support the research.



  • The fellowships will commence not later than 31st March, 2019 for a period of up to two (2) years.
  • Six (6) fellowships will be awarded with a value of up to approximately £130,000.
  • Award may include personal salary, visa costs and research expenses to implement the research.
  • The programme will be held in two locations: The Francis Crick Institute (‘the Crick’, UK) and at one of the five (5) 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.
  • Fellows will spend at least six (6) months in each location and this can be accumulated into more than one (1) visit.




Applicants must be a citizen of one of the 55 African nations, as defined by the African Union.  Applicants must also have a PhD and have no more than six (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.



  • Having established eligibility, applicants will be invited to discuss their proposed research with suggested supervisors to refine research plans.
  • Eligible applicants will be provided with the link to the online application portal which opens on Wednesday 23rd May 2018
  • Successful applicants at the full application stage will be invited for interview to be held in September 2018.
  • The outcome of applications will be announced on 1st October 2018.

Interested applicants are to visit: https://www.crick.ac.uk/african-network/fellowships for more information on the application process.


Further enquiries on the fellowship may be directed to: gawandare@ug.edu.gh



  • Submission of Expression of Interest form is due on 1st July, 2018
  • Submission of full application for eligible applicants is on 1st August, 2018