Volkswagen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships for African Researchers, 2014

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Volkswagen Foundation is offering postdoctoral fellowships in the areas of natural resources in Sub-Saharan Africa and Germany. Research projects, developed and carried out by African scholars and scientists in close cooperation with their German partners, shall provide junior researchers in Africa with an opportunity to enhance their skills and academic qualifications. This three year fellowship covers salary, research, travel costs and administrative costs up to 90,000 EUR for junior fellows and up to 120,000 EUR for senior fellows. Application must be submitted via electronically by December 13, 2013.. The funding initiative is open to all disciplines and aims at the development and sustainable reinforcement of research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Research projects, developed and carried out by African scholars and scientists in close cooperation with their German partners, shall provide junior researchers in Africa with an opportunity to enhance their skills and academic qualifications. Special emphasis is put on the development, reinforcement, and extension of academic networks inside Africa beyond existing language barriers..  The call provides funding opportunities for both junior and senior postdoctoral scholars for undertaking a research project.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Not provided
Who can apply to this scholarship? This postdoctoral fellowship program aims at supporting young African postdoctoral researchers in Sub
· Saharan Africa by (1) providing an opportunity to enhance both skills and academic qualifications, (2) strengthening partnerships between African and German scholars, and (3) developing and extending academic networks within Africa. The call provides funding opportunities for both junior and senior postdoctoral scholars. To be eligible for a junior postdoctoral fellowship, applicants must have less than three years of postdoctoral experience (the PhD must be granted at the latest by September 2014). Postdoctoral researchers with more than three, but less than six years of postdoctoral experience are eligible to apply for a senior fellowship.
Benefits of the scholarship: ? The fellowship covers salary, research, travel costs, and administrative costs up to 90,000 EUR for junior fellows and up to 120,000 EUR for senior fellows. African postdocs can choose to include a postdoctoral fellow (with less than 6 years of postdoctoral experience) based at a German research institution in their projects. Up to 25,000 EUR can be applied for to include this associated postdoc in the form of a cooperation of equals, which will enhance the exchange of scholarly expertise. The funds are meant to support these postdoctoral fellows to participate actively in the research project proposed by the African applicant.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: Junior and Senior Fellowships with a 36 months duration.
Number of scholarships: Not Known

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