The Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) Research Development Fellowship Programme 2023/2024

The aim of the AREF Research Development Fellowship Programme is to provide opportunities for talented health researchers based in Africa, so that they can lead research that is responsive to its African settings and can contribute to reducing the burden of disease. It aims to develop emerging African scientists through developing their skills, experience, confidence and research outputs.

Fellowships offer awardees the opportunity to develop their own research ideas, research skills and capabilities, to grow their research relationships through collaboration and mentorship, and to work towards a substantial research funding proposal.

To support researchers in Africa who are emerging leaders and working on important challenges for human health, to develop their skills as a researcher. 


 A three to nine-month placement at a leading research institution in the UK, Europe or Africa, with additional support at your home institution before and after the placement. Up to £47,000 available in funding

Eligibility Requirements

Early career researchers. These are research active post-doctoral scientists and clinicians with higher qualifications who are nationals of and employed in Africa (see detailed eligibility criteria). 


  • AREF aim to notify all applicants of the outcomes of their applications by end of March 2024.  
  • Successful Fellowships are expected to start between July 2024 and no later than December 2024.  

Deadline for submission of all application documents: 13:00 GMT, 14 September 2023 

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the AREF Research Development Fellowship Programme 2023/2024

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