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S.C.O.R.E: Scholarships and Conferences Opportunities for Researchers and Experts

1. Programme Address:

Funder: Elsevier and DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security and the Universities of Pretoria and the Western Cape

Conference Theme: Global Challenges, Local Solutions and Connected Pathways

3-6 December 2017, Cape Town, South Africa

Information: Global food security will require a holistic approach to address socio-political, natural, health, agricultural and food sciences to feed the 9 billion people. The food security challenge will must address the triple burden of malnutrition – under-nutrition, obesity and micronutrient deficiencies. The Third International Conference on Global Food Security therefore aims to deliver critical analysis and innovative science that address the biggest threat ever faced by mankind.

Discussion sessions will contribute to a better understanding of behavioural, biophysical, economic, institutional, political, social and technological drivers and supply chain systems to contribute to global food security. The conference will address the food system activities of production (crops, livestock) or harvesting (freshwater and marine sources), processing, distribution systems and consumption behaviour and the synergies and trade-offs between economic, environmental, health and social objectives and outcomes. The conference will provide a cross-cutting view of multiple disciplines and spatiotemporal scales of analysis to span the drivers, activities and outcomes of food systems to reflect on the broad challenge of food security.

Deadline: Abstracts in by May 31, 2017


2. Programme Address:

Funder: Falling Walls Science Fellowship, Berlin

Research field(s): Journalism & Science

Information: The Falling Walls Science Fellowship is created to keep the public informed on life-changing scientific breakthroughs. Applications are invited for journalists and bloggers with at least three years of experience who want to advance their knowledge in the area of sciences. To apply online, follow the link above; CV, Work samples, cover and proposal/motivation required.

Funding covers: The fellowship includes travel expenses, accommodation for three nights, conference fees and meals.

Eligibility: All countries; applicant must be freelance and full-time journalists or bloggers.

Deadline: June 25, 2017


3. Programme Address:

Funder: The Rockefeller Foundation

Research field(s): All academic disciplines

Information: The Academic Writing residency is for university and think tank-based academics, researchers, professors, and scientists working in any discipline. Successful applicants will demonstrate decades of significant professional contributions to their field or show evidence of being on a strong upward trajectory for those earlier in their careers.

The Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with the Rockefeller Foundation’s work to expand opportunities that enable more broadly shared prosperity and build resilience in people, places and institutions to prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. Selected proposals also commonly demonstrate relevance to the Foundation’s core issue areas of Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities.

Funding covers: comprehensive support on travels and grants

Eligibility: All academics

Deadline: The open call for applications to the Academic Writing residency program is now closed. The next open application period begins March 1, 2017 with the deadline of May 1, 2017 for residencies in 2018 and early 2019.


4. Programme Address:

Funder: Mozilla Science/Mozilla Fellowships For Research In Open Science & Data Sharing

Research field(s): Life Sciences, Social Sciences and Library Studies

Information: Applications are invited for the Mozilla Fellowship program which is provided to Researchers who are eager to advance openness in science and data within their institutions.

Funding covers:

  • stipend of $60,000 USD, paid in 10 monthly installments
  • a one-time health insurance supplement for Fellows and their families, ranging from $3,500 for single Fellows to $7,000 for a couple with two or more children
  • a one-time childcare allotment of up to $6,000 for families with children
  • an allowance of up to $3,000 towards the purchase of laptop computer, digital cameras, recorders and computer software; fees for continuing studies or other courses, research fees or payments, to the extent such purchases and fees are related to the fellowship coverage in full for all approved fellowship trips – domestic and international

Eligibility: Applicants must be currently employed at a research institution; in addition, applicants must

  • have the ability to accept outside funds for this fellowship directly (i.e., not distributed through the institution),
  • be an early-career researcher (i.e., graduate students, post-docs, research scientists, lecturers),
  • specialize in scientific research: physical, life, social, library, or natural sciences,
  • be able to travel,
  • obtain support from their advisors, and have experience participating in open communities.

As fellows will be based at their home institutions, please note that a letter of support from their advisor is mandatory for consideration.

Deadline: 14th May, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT.


5. Programme Address:

Funder: US Department of State Fulbright Programs

Research field(s): All Fields

Information: The Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP) is funded by the United States Department of State and administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). It offers senior faculty members from Nigerian universities the opportunity to conduct research at U.S. institutions for a minimum of three (3) months and a maximum of nine (9) months. The selection process and final award of grants are extremely competitive.

The Fulbright African Research Scholar Program offers two categories of grants: Research grants and program and curriculum development grants. 

Research Grants

Awards of 3 to 9 months are offered under the research grants for African university faculty or research institute professionals to conduct research in any academic

discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution beginning no earlier than August 2018 and no later than March 2019.  Applicants must hold a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in their fields.  Also, applicants must have have at least three (3) years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record. 

Program and Curriculum Development Grants

Awards of 3 to 5 months are offered under program and curriculum development grants for African university faculty or administrators to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution beginning no earlier than August 2018 and no later than March 2019.  Proposals should be linked to

professional duties and demonstrate how the scholar will use the knowledge gained to develop new courses, curricula, or other academic programs at the home

institution. These grants are designed for university faculty or administrators with less experience and who may not have had recent access to research or instructional developments in their disciplines.  A doctorate degree is not required, but applicants must hold a minimum of a master’s or equivalent graduate degree.


The ARSP includes a special group of grants for scholars with proposals in HIV/AIDS-related research. Scholars in all academic disciplines are invited to formulate proposals with an HIV/AIDS focus.  Candidates may apply either as

research scholars or program and curriculum development scholars.


Funding covers: The grant covers the candidate’s J-1 visa, round trip airfare to the U.S., a settling-in allowance, professional allowance, monthly stipend, housing allowance, books-and-supplies allowance, and computer allowance. The grant also covers basic university health insurance as a primary insurance coverage and the Fulbright ASPE health benefit as secondary coverage. Also, the grant covers travel of one dependent if he/she will stay with the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period. Moreover, it covers the dependent allowance.


1. An intended applicant must be a citizen of Nigeria or a permanent resident, and should hold a valid passport issued from the country in which the application is made. 

2. The ARSP is open to scholars in all disciplines and without regard to gender or age; however, proposals for clinical medical research involving patient contact cannot be approved under the Fulbright Program.

3. Applicants for research grants must hold a doctorate degree or equivalent terminal degree in their fields.  Preference is given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.

4. Applicants without doctorate degrees but who hold a master’s or equivalent graduate degree are eligible in the program and curriculum development category.

5. Applications for doctoral dissertation research, postdoctoral research immediately following the completion of a doctorate degree, or general professional travel, are ineligible.

6. Preference will be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright scholar grant. 

7. Preference will be given to candidates who have had no experience or limited experience in the U.S.

8. Applicants must be in good health.  Successful candidates will be asked to submit a Medical History and Examination Report.

9. Scholars must indicate the grant category for which they are applying (research or program and curriculum development). 

10. Each application must include three letters of reference.

11. Letters of invitation from U.S. academic or research institution are strongly encouraged.

Application and Instructions:

Online applications must be submitted using the Embark Visiting Scholar system, accessible at:  

As new users, applicants must create new accounts and are advised to follow the steps for preparing the online application.

For further enquiries, please send an email to

Deadline: June 1, 2017


6. Programme:

Funder: Imperial College, London

Information: The Department of Chemical Engineering has fully-funded scholarships available for outstanding PhD applicants to start in 2017. Applications are open throughout the year.

The standard period of the scholarship is 42 months. The scholarships are open to all applicants regardless of their fee status, and cover both tuition fees and an annual tax-free contribution to maintenance costs of £16,296. Applications should be made through the College’s online application system:

Deadline: Open all year round.


7. Programme Address:

Max Planck Luxembourg PhD Scholarships 2018

Funder: Max Planck Institute Luxembourg

Research field(s): Law

Information: The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law offers a limited number of PhD scholarships for foreign scholars to support their research stay at the Institute for up to twelve months.

A complete application file must include the following documents (in English):

cover letter (max. 1 page), indicating the motivation and also the link of your

research with the research of the Institute;

curriculum vitae (indicating grades of the university degrees);

a summary of the PhD project (max. 2 pages), including subject, description

and working plan;

two (2) letters of recommendation (including one from the PhD supervisor, with his/her contact details).

Funding covers: The scholarship is paid in monthly installments of €1500. Selected scholars will be offered a working place in the library reading room of the Institute and will have the opportunity to participate in the regular scientific events and other activities of the Institute.

Eligibility: Scholarships are offered to PhD students who plan to undertake research at the Institute within the Institute’s areas of research, i.e. international dispute resolution and comparative procedural law.

Deadline: April 30, 2017


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April 12, 2017