Volkswagen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships for African Researchers


Volkswagen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships for African Researchers , and applications are submitted till April 6, 2016.Applications are invited for postdoctoral fellowships for research projects in Sub-Saharan Africa” aims at providing sustainable support for research and research capacity development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Postdoctoral Fellowships are open for African researchers in the all field of Engineering Sciences. Duration of the fellowship is of three year and covers salaries for the fellow (and for M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. students) as well as non-personnel costs for e.g. consumables, equipment, travel, and administration of up to 110,000 EUR for junior fellows and of up to 145,000 EUR for senior fellows. Furthermore, the budget may include salary for lecturers to reduce the personal teaching workload of the applicant.. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): | Sub-Saharan Africa and Germany

Level: The call provides funding opportunities for both junior and senior postdoctoral scholars for undertaking a research project.


Field(s): Engineering Sciences.


Deadline: April 6, 2016

Funded By: Volkswagen Foundation


Beneficiaries(Target Groups):  Volkswagen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships are targeted for Applicants from Africa (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, 

Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and Zimbabwe).

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

Award No: Not Specified

Scholarship Duration: Junior and Senior Fellowships are available for the duration of 36 months.

Scholarship covers: The fellowship covers salaries for the fellow (and for M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. students) as well as non-personnel costs for e.g. consumables, equipment, travel, and administration of up to 110,000 EUR for junior fellows and of up to 145,000 EUR for senior fellows. Furthermore, the budget may include salary for lecturers to reduce the personal teaching workload of the applicant.

Description

This very specific  Volkswagen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships Program by the Volkswagen Foundation aims at providing sustainable support for research in the Engineering Sciences in Sub-Saharan Africa.

It offers opportunities for postdoctoral researchers at both junior and senior (i.e. 3 – 6 years post-PhD) level to develop and conduct their own research projects.

While open for any applicant who meets the eligibility criteria, the current call also builds on a previous call for proposals in this area from 2010, and especially invites those junior fellows currently funded as part of this initiative to submit applications for senior fellowships. In the selection process, they will then compete with the other applicants from the region.

Eligibility

To be eligible for  Volkswagen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships

‣ , applicants must have less than three years of postdoctoral experience (the PhD must be completed by February 2017, at the latest).

‣ Postdoctoral researchers with more than three, but less than six years of postdoctoral experience are eligible to apply for a senior fellowship.

Notification:

‣ Final decisions on fellowship grants will be made in the early summer of 2015.

Scholarship Application Method

‣ Please use the Foundation’s application system: portal.volkswagenstiftung.de for the electronic submission of their application. Please do not forget to print, sign and upload the scanned signature sheet. Instructions on the electronic application system are provided online.

‣ In addition to the application for the scholarship, the applicant must submit the following documents:-

  • Pre-proposals have to be written in English and have to be submitted by the applicant. Particular format requirements or application forms do not exist for this call; however, applicants are requested to consider the structure provided below.
  • Cover letter, which should contain  Full name (surname in CAPITAL letters), gender, address, and scanned
  •  signature of the applicant  Indication of the call for pre-proposals to which the application refers
  •  Indication of the fellowship (junior or senior) applied for
  •  Brief informative title of the proposed project
  •  Duration of funding and sum applied for (total as well as separated into
  •  fellowship, postdoctoral fellow based in Germany, funds for the German academic partner, mentorship program, if applicable)  Sum applied for the preparatory meeting, if applicable
  •  Full name (including title) and address of the German partner, the postdoctoral fellow based in Germany and the mentors, if applicable.
  • Pre-proposal  Summary of the project (up to 1,600 characters including spaces)

-Pre-proposal description

  • -Summary of the applicant’s current research/work including preliminary studies, if applicable2 (up to 1 page)
  •  Description of the project and relevant information for its realization (up to 2,500 words) with (1) the aim of the project, (2) a brief overview of and relation to the existing literature, and (3) the theoretical background and methodological approach
  •  Description of the benefit of another discipline for the research (i.e. the motivation to get research experience in this discipline) and how to gain (more) experience in these fields as well as the brief description of an M.Sc. project (junior fellows) or a Ph.D. project (senior fellows) of the other discipline (up to 1 page)
  •  Expertise and role of the German partner institution (up to 1 page)
  •   Expertise and role of the postdoctoral fellow based in Germany – if applicable (up to 1 page)
  •  Expertise and role of the mentors, if applicable (up to 1 page)
  •  Date, venue, participants and budget of the preparatory meeting for full proposals (if applicable, up to 1 page, only funded for successful applicants of stage 1)  Working plan including distribution of tasks among fellow and
  •  postdoctoral fellow based in Germany, if applicable  Budget
  •  Appendices  CV of the applicant – up to 2 pages
  •  Ph.D. certificate or a letter from the main supervisor stating that the Ph.D. will be completed by February 2017  Institutional declarations
  • o Statement of support from the African research institution (including the relevant financial administration) agreeing to the terms and conditions of the postdoctoral fellowships [see additional form]
  • o Letter of support of the German partner institution stating that it will provide the basic infrastructure during the visits  Other enclosures
  • o Statement of the German postdoctoral fellow confirming an interest to actively participate in the research project proposed by the African applicant, if applicable o Statement by the mentors confirming their support for the applicant, if applicable.

‣ Scholarship Applications are due on April 6, 2016.

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

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