Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant for Early Career Scientists. Applications are invited from suitably qualified applicants for the 2023 cycle Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant aimed at supporting early-career scientists that are conducting impactful research that will provide solutions to some of Africa’s most pressing problems.
The Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant for the 2023 cycle is now open for applications from suitable candidates. This grant is aimed at supporting early-career scientists who are conducting impactful research that will provide solutions to some of Africa’s most pressing problems.
The grant is named after Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer, a philanthropist, and conservationist, who was dedicated to the preservation of Africa’s natural heritage. The Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Trust, in partnership with the University of Cape Town, established this grant to honor her legacy and support the next generation of African scientists.
The Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant for Early-Career Scientists in Africa
The Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant is awarded to early-career scientists who have completed their doctoral studies within the last five years. The grant provides funding of up to ZAR 250,000 for a one-year research project in any field of study that addresses a critical issue facing Africa. Applicants must be affiliated with a research institution in Africa and have a proven track record of research excellence.
The grant’s objective is to support research that will have a significant impact on African communities and contribute to sustainable development. Research proposals should address issues such as climate change, food security, health, and education, among others. The grant selection committee will evaluate proposals based on their scientific merit, potential impact, and feasibility.
The Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant provides an excellent opportunity for early-career scientists to develop their research skills, gain experience in project management, and contribute to solving some of Africa’s most pressing problems. The grant also provides a platform for collaboration between researchers and institutions in Africa and beyond.
Applications for the 2023 cycle of the Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant are now open and will close on 31st May 2022. Applicants must submit a detailed research proposal, a budget, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation from academic referees. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview, and the successful candidate will be announced in December 2022.
In conclusion, the Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant is an excellent opportunity for early-career scientists to make a meaningful contribution to Africa’s development. The grant provides financial support, research opportunities, and a platform for collaboration, enabling researchers to conduct impactful research that addresses critical issues facing the continent. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their proposals and play a role in shaping a better future for Africa.
A Grant of $150,000 will be awarded to the successful applicant to support a research project or programme for up to three years in areas related to environment such as biodiversity and conservation.
Grant Sponsor(s): Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Fund
Host Institution(s): Not specified
Grant Worth: USD 150,000
Number of Awards: Several
Study Level: Graduates
Nationality: All Nationalities
Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant | DETAILS
Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer’s love for the African continent began in the mid-90s when she moved to Zimbabwe with Jonathan Oppenheimer. In 1999 they moved to South Africa and she embraced it as her home. The JWO Research Grant was founded in her honour. The grant aims to continue her contribution to and passion for Africa, the environment, and pioneering science. The purpose of the grant is to support early-career scientists that are conducting impactful research that will provide solutions to some of Africa’s most pressing problems.
To be eligible for the JWO Research Grant, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Applicants must be early career scientists already holding a PhD degree and should have no more than seven years of work and/or research experience post-degree (excluding time taken for family responsibilities).
- Have strong links to a credible African institution. The institution should have a proven ability to manage to fund and subscribes to good financial grant practice and can be any of the following: academic institution, research institution, government institution, NGO, for-profit organization.
What Judges Look for:
- Advances the frontiers of knowledge within the chosen field
- Facilitates solutions to African challenges: The research should try and solve an African challenge that occurs in more than one geography and is scalable to other areas. The research should include multiple research sites
- Demonstrates innovative methodologies and approaches Exhibits scientific rigour and excellence
- Contributes to human capital development (e.g. mentorship, support, and professional development opportunities) for the next generation of researchers.
- Incorporates a holistic perspective and involves inter-and multi-disciplinary collaboration with partners (preference intra-African) to leverage time, expertise, skills, materials, and resources and reduce duplication
- Articulates the potential to create impact both during and beyond the grant period
- Displays knowledge of associated recent or ongoing work on the continent.
- Defines a clear plan for disseminating research outcomes both inside and outside the scientific community
- Endeavours to open access publications (popular and scientific)
- Does not present unacceptable ethical or safety risk
How-to-Apply: Interested applicants for the Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant 2023 are to complete an online application and provide all the required information and documents required by the application deadline.
Application Deadline: 24th April 2023 at 00:00 (SAST)