Ecologists in Africa – British Ecological Society

Deadline: 20 March 2020
Open to: scientists and citizens of a country in Africa
Benefits: maximum value of grant of GBP 8,000 for the research


The British Ecological Society (BES) provides support for Ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research. BES recognizes that ecologists in Africa face unique challenges in carrying out research; this grant is designed to support the ecologists to develop their skills, experience and knowledge base as well as making connections with ecologists in the developed world. BES supports excellent ecological science in Africa by funding services and equipment.


The applicants should satisfy the following criteria:

  • be a scientist and a citizen of a country in Africa or its associated islands, that is a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ according to the World Bank categorization
  • have at least an MSc or equivalent degree
  • be working for a university or research institution in Africa (including field centers, NGOs, museums etc.) that provides basic research facilities
  • carry out the research in a country in Africa or its associated islands


The maximum value of a grant is GBP 8,000 for research. An additional sum up to GBP 2,000 may be requested to fund travel to help you develop connections with other ecologists outside your usual peer group. This must be requested at the application stage.

Travel funds are also available. The grant can be used to pay for basic tools needed to conduct the research project, travel and in some cases part of the applicant’s salary.

How to Apply?

For more information on how to apply, please visit the official website.