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The Royal Society Pfizer Award - Invitation to nominate

Science writing competition (secondary school)

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Postgraduate bursaries

For postgraduate bursaries, MSc, PhD and Post-doctoral positions, please see Jobs

Postgraduate training fellowships for women scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Research funding Organisations

Third World Academy of Sciences

The International Foundation for Science (IFS): Call for Research grant applications from developing country scientists


National Research Foundation Funding

Wellcome Trust Funding for Research

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Funding for 3rd generation biotechnology projects

Cape Biotech is looking to invest a substantial amount of money (almost R50 million) in new and exciting 3rd generation biotechnology projects. Human Health and Industrial Bioprocessing are the areas in which Cape Biotech would like to invest in (as it is outlined in its mandate from the Department of Science and Technology, South Africa).

Cape Biotech has launched an online "New opportunity capturing model" on its website, which can be accessed through the Cape Biotech Member's Area (registration is free). If you have a good project that is in need of funding, please submit your proposal via Cape Biotech's webpage. Proposal can be submitted by clicking on the "Submit a proposal" field in the members area.

In addition to the "New opportunity capturing model" the member's area also contains useful information about the current projects funded, community news, interesting articles, up coming events and biotech personality profiles. If you are not a registered member you are encouraged to join and this service is free of charge to the whole community. If you should have any problems with your registration please do not hesitate to contact us.

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 A new mission for the NRF's Research Support Agency:
"A dynamic, quality-driven organisation that provides leadership in the promotion and support of research and research capacity development in the natural, social and human sciences, engineering and technology to meet national and global challenges through:  * Investing in knowledge, people and infrastructure; 
* Promoting basic and applied research and innovation; 
* Developing research capacity and advancing equity and redress to unlock the full creative potential of the research community; 
* Facilitating strategic partnerships and knowledge networks; and 
* Upholding research excellence. 
The Research Support Agency realises this mission through the creativity and commitment of its people and partners."
More information on who can apply for research grants and how to
apply can be obtained from the web site

Institutional support
Institutional programmes that develop research capacity at technikons and historically black universities will continue at least until the end of 2001. More information at: and

Student support
The NRF provides two types of student support that complement each other, namely: 
* Free-standing bursaries, scholarships and fellowships (prestigious and equity scholarships); and 
* Grant-holder-linked bursaries. 
Free-standing bursaries, scholarships and fellowships are awarded to students directly on a competitive basis, while grant-holder-linked bursaries are granted to researchers within their NRF support package and may be awarded to students selected by the NRF grant-holder.
More information at:

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The Wellcome Trust is the world's largest independent medical research charity. It funds biomedical research, supporting more than 5000 researchers at 300 locations in 42 different countries, and seeks to ensure that the potential healthcare benefits of this research are fully realised. Much of the Trust's international research is aimed at tackling infectious and non-communicable diseases prevalent in the developing world. Working in partnership with local government and other organisations, the Trust supports research into basic and clinical biomedicine, veterinary science and into social and demographic change. Visit for the latest information on research funding opportunities.

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This fellowship programme is jointly organized by the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) and the Committee on Science and Technology in Developing Countries (COSTED) to foster free mobility and exchange of scientists from developing countries and to promote South-South co-operation. COSTED is an interdisciplinary committee of the Paris-based International Council for Science (ICSU) with a primary objective of linking science and technology for development and capacity building. This programme upholds the ICSU philosophy of encouraging the development and sharing of the benefits of science across geographical borders. The JNCASR is a centre of excellence located in Bangalore, India and works closely with several other reputed academic institutions. Over the last four years of its operation the programme has attracted young scientists from developing countries all over the world to visit Indian centres of excellence for research training and collaborations.

The fellowship covers short-term research, training or participatory research work in physical, chemical and biological sciences in reputed scientific institutions in India including the JNCASR. The programme is open to scientists, teachers and research scholars affiliated to scientific or academic institutions in developing countries in the Asian (excluding India), African, Arab and Latin American regions. Applicants below 45 years of age are eligible to apply.

The length of the fellowship is up to three months and it is obligatory for awardees to spend this entire period making maximum benefit of the fellowship. The fellowship covers board, lodging (for the individual only) at the affiliated institution and other subsistence expenses in the form of an adequate allowance in Indian currency. Travel support in the form of a Prepaid Travel Advice (PTA) will be provided for selected candidates. The programme has been operational since April 1996.

Application forms can be obtained from the Co-ordinator, JNCASR-COSTED Fellowship Programme, COSTED, 24 Gandhi Mandap Road, Madras 600025, India. Fax: +91-44-491-4543;

The deadlines for receipt of applications are 30 June and 31 December each year.

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The International Foundation for Science (IFS)


The International Foundation for Science (IFS) provides support to young scientists of merit in developing countries by awarding research grants and providing grantees with additional services such as travel grants and purchasing assistance.

The IFS supports research related to the renewable utilisation of biological resources in areas such as crop and animal production, forestry, food science, natural products, and fisheries, as well as research on the sustainable utilisation and conservation of natural ecosystems, including themes such as water and biodiversity. Proposals for projects may address biological, chemical, or physical processes as well as social and economic relationships important in the conservation, production, and renewable utilisation of the biological resource base.

Research grants are awarded up to a maximum value of USD 12,000 for a period of one to three years and may be renewed twice. They are intended for the purchase of equipment, expendable supplies, and literature. Applicants must be citizens of, and carry out the research in, a developing country. They should be attached to a university or national research institution in a developing country. Specifically excluded are countries in Europe, including Turkey and Cyprus, as well as countries of the former Soviet Union. Argentina and Uruguay are also not eligible to receive support. As well as being under the age of 40 (under 30 for applicants from China) and at the start of their research career, candidates must possess a higher academic degree, which should be at least an MSc or equivalent.

Applications are made on the application form, in English or French, which is available from the IFS Secretariat or can be downloaded from the website

IFS, Grev Turegatan 19
S-114 38 Stockholm
Fax: +46-8-54581801

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Find research partners and build new networks

The European Commission's Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS), issues regular calls for its framework programme for research, FP6.

South African researchers are urged to contact the Department of Science and Technology (DST) should you require any further information. "We remain committed to supporting South African researchers in their FP6 participation," says Daan du Toit, DST Director: Strategic Partnerships. Contact Daan at: Tel: 27 12 337 8326 or email:

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TWOWS: Postgraduate Training Fellowships

Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS): Postgraduate
Training Fellowships for Women Scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa or Least
Developed Countries (LDC) at Centres of Excellence in the South.
Fellowships are available for female students in sub-Saharan Africa or
Least Developed Countries (LDCs) who wish to pursue postgraduate training
leading to a doctorate degree at a centre of excellence in the South
outside their own country. Closing date: 31 July.
For more information, see

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