AGNES Intra-Africa Mobility Grants for Junior Researchers, Sub-Saharan Africa for PhD

AGNES Intra-Africa Mobility Grants for Junior Researchers, Sub-Saharan Africa for PhD
  •  PhD
  •  30-Apr-2021
  •   Africa
  • $$  Up to 3,000 Euros

The two Mobility Grants for Junior Researchers aim to strengthen the scientific capacity and networking of young researchers in Africa through active co-operation of AGNES and potential AGNES members. It further supports the alumni of the AvH in their efforts towards mentoring high potential junior researchers, helping them to access international networks of scientific excellence.

The AGNES Intra-Africa Mobility Grant and AGNES-PAWS Intra-Africa Mobility Grant enable doctoral students from sub-Saharan African countries to spend research stays of 1-2 months at a university/research institute in another sub-Saharan African country (hereafter referred to host institution), where they will be collaborating with an experienced researcher (hereafter referred to as scientific host).

  • AGNES-PAWS Intra-Africa Mobility Grant for Junior Female Researchers’. This Grant is designed for “Programme Advocating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” (PAWS)
  • AGNES Intra-Africa Mobility Grant for Junior Researchers (generally for Male and Female candidates). These two grants are financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and with support of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH).

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible junior researchers need to demonstrate the relevance of their work for further development of their home countries in sub-Sahara Africa.


  • Direct applications from junior researchers having published at least 01 article from their thesis work (in a non-predatory journal) will be considered for both AGNES Mobility Grant and AGNES-PAWS Mobility Grant. On top of your proposal and in your CV, indicate whether you are applying for (AGNES Mobility Grant or AGNES-PAWS Mobility Grant).
  • The applicant may be from any academic discipline but must be officially registered for Doctoral degree at a university/tertiary institute in sub-Sahara Africa, must be a national of a sub-Saharan African country, and must have already published at least one paper from his/her thesis work (in a non-predatory journal).
  • Applicants must demonstrate clearly that their work is relevant towards development in sub-Saharan African countries and cannot be conducted in the home country.
  • Only applicants with an identified scientific host and mutually agreed-upon proposal/work schedule will be considered for the Grant.

Offered Benefits

A maximum Grant amount of EUR 2300 and EUR 3000 is earmarked for 1 and 2 months stays,

This once-off Grant cannot be used to fund stays retroactively, i.e. not prior to June 1st 2021, and all stays must be completed by 30th October 2021. The recipient of the Grant and her/his scientific host must both send a signed letter of acceptance and contractual agreement to the Governing Board of AGNES within seven days of receipt of the offer. On completion of the research stay, Grantees and scientific hosts are both expected to report to AGNES on the progress and success of the collaboration.

VI. Budget maxima (all expenses included)

  • 1 Month: up to EUR2300
  • 1.5 Months: up to EUR2650
  • 2 Months: up to EUR3000

Application Process

Complete applications must include the following:

  • A short research/project proposal (not more than 5 pages) from the junior scientist (applicant) with a short outline of the proposed research activity and a work schedule for achieving the aim(s) of the research project at the host institution. The scientific host must agree in writing to the proposal and time schedule. On top of your proposal, indicate whether you are applying for the AGNES Mobility Grant or AGNES-PAWS Mobility Grant.
  • A standard CV of the applicant (use the template attached) and official proof of registration for the postgraduate degree (only current Doctoral students are eligible). On top of your CV, indicate whether you are applying for the AGNES Mobility Grant or AGNES-PAWS Mobility Grant.
  • A copy of the official Academic transcripts of the applicant, reflecting the grades obtained in the undergraduate and any postgraduate study. Please supply the official explanation of the grading system.
  • A list of published articles in non-predatory journals (include an e-copy or screenshot of at least the Title/Author page)
  • Travel costs (by land or economy class flight): supply two quotes for the journey (including return travel) between the applicant’s country of residence and the country of the host institute).
  • The estimated cost of living (rent, meals, local transport, health insurance) at the host institute. It is expected that applicants themselves will conclude a valid health insurance for the re-search stay. Scientific hosts and host institutes are expected to assist applicants in finding affordable accommodation and to advise them on establishing subsistence estimates.
  • Letter of invite from the scientific host: (i) confirming that a place to work will be available at

    the indicated period, (ii) a binding declaration from the host institution requesting an amount of the research cost allowance. The amount of EUR 100 per month and EUR 200 per month, respectively, will be deduced from the total grant amount for Humanities & Social Sciences, and Natural & Life Sciences and Engineering Sciences, to cover bench fees.


    Please, note that AGNES-PAWS is specific for sciences only (STEM). Therefore, application in Arts and Social Sciences will not be accepted for AGNES-PAWS.

Method of Application

Please use this email format for sending applications:


Candidate’s email address


[email protected]



[email protected]


“2021_AGNES/AGNES-PAWS Intra Africa mobility grant”



2. 3.

All the required documents listed in IV above, preferably in PDF format.
All supporting documents must be labelled with your surname first

All files (TOTAL) size should not be more than 8MB.



Please find attached my application for the “2021_AGNES/AGNES-PAWS Intra Africa mobility grant”.
Thank you.
Candidate’s name and address

Deadline for application: April 30th 2021 at 00.00 GMT
PS. Applications that do not follow indicated guidelines or with a missing required document will automatically be rejected.

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