IOC Sub Commission

for Africa and the Adjacent Island States - IOCAFRICA

Survey on participation of African women in science

The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS)  is conducting a study in Africa to assess factors contributing to or inhibiting women’s careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in Africa. The study aims to identify the challenges and opportunities that women in STEM face through their career. The specific objectives of the study are:

1)    Identify facilitating and inhibiting factors for women in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics in Africa

2)    Explore strategies that are in place or can be developed to help with recruitment, retention and success of young girls and women in scientific fields in Africa

3)    Document policy, legislative and organisational initiatives that can significantly reduce the gender gap in STEM in Africa

The AAS invites women scientists to complete an online survey whose results will feed into the study.


Scoping the Path to Leadership in Africa Survey

Together with The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS), the Wellcome Trust has commissioned a project to identify the core competencies, skills and experiences to be a successful research leader, and to evaluate leadership training currently available to research institutions. At The AAS, the project is being implemented through the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), a funding and setting agenda platform which is a joint initiative of The AAS and the African Union Development Agency. The project’s ambition, reflected in this survey, is to support African research leaders to flourish in their environments, leading and creating vibrant research ecosystems. 

We invite you to complete the online survey at by 31 October 2018. We invite you to participate in this survey as part of the project, to explore the experiences of research leaders, researchers and research managers. The results will contribute towards guidance and training materials for use in developing the next generation of research leaders in Africa and around the world. All the information you supply in this survey will be anonymised and neither you nor your institution will be identifiable in any way.

Calls for proposals from The African Academy of Sciences 

Do you have a great idea to tackle water, sanitation and hygiene challenges?

The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) and partners are funding technology-based solutions to improve access to water and sanitation.  

Up to $100,000 will be given to each winning project for two years for technologies that improve access to clean drinking water, household sanitation and hygiene, and address urban pollution, and more specifically providing solutions to, among others: 

• Integrate hygiene promotion programmes with urban activities (such as marketplaces and schools) 

• Fill the data gap on measuring the proportion of waste emptied from pits and septic tanks and taken to treatment 

• Establish awareness programming to improve understanding of sanitation-related risks amongst dwellers in low income urban settlements 

• Monitor the level of environmental contamination, bacteriological contamination, or service failure across urban contexts and map trends in real-time. 

Applicants located in African organisations should apply through The AAS Ishango Online System  ( ) while those in the rest of the world should apply through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation portal by Grand Challenges Explorations challenge/innovation-wash-urban-settings-round-22. Applications close on 24 November 2018.

Learn more about the Innovation for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in urban settings grant: grand-challenges-africa/funding-opportunities/


Africa- India Mobility Fund

The Africa- India Mobility Fund is accepting applications for travel grants from researchers from Africa and India. The programme, which is a partnership of The African Academy of Sciences, the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance and Wellcome, funds short-term visits of up to three months for researchers to travel in either direction. 


Funding will be given to nationals of India and African countries to support collaboration in research in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, dengue, malaria, vector-borne diseases, parasitic infections, emerging infections, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, health systems research, antimicrobial resistance, microbiome, drug development and general biomedical sciences.


This call is also open to non-African investigators resident on the continent or overseas citizens of India. The applications for AIMF will be on a rolling basis with feedback on the outcome given within two months until further notice.




Calls from partners 

2019 International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics

The US National Institutes for Health is inviting applications for the 2019 International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics.

The programme is intended to train healthcare professionals and trainees from developing nations that are in their early-mid careers. The curriculum is designed in English for healthcare professionals with an advanced understanding of the biological sciences. Research scientists (PhD), physicians (M.B.B.S./M.D.), dentists (D.D.S./D.M.D.), dentist-scientists, nurses (M.S./Ph.D.), counselors (M.S./Ph.D.) and medical, dental and graduate school trainees can apply. Selected candidates will be fully sponsored (travel, local transportation in the United States, lodging and per diem) for the duration of the summit (Aug 28th - Sept. 28th, 2019). Participants will share lodging quarters with another participant (same sex) to reduce costs. Attendance on all days and of all events is required. Self-sponsorship may be possible, provided seats are available.

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4th Annual International Remote Conference

Science & Society is an online conference that provides scholars worldwide an opportunity to present their research and network with a broad scientific audience. Presenters and attendees simply connect to the live broadcast conference using links that will be distributed to all registered participants prior to the conference date.

Interested undergraduate and graduate students, as well as health professional trainees, are invited to submit abstracts related to the topics indicated for either oral or poster presentation. Topics span from basic/fundamental research to translational work and population health.

Abstract submission deadline: 30 November 2018. Learn more: 


Takemi Fellowship at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Applications are invited for the Takemi Fellowship in International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Each year the programme recruits a small group of mid-career researchers and professionals to spend an academic year at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The Takemi Program provides participants with the space, time, and flexibility to enhance their capacity for research and leadership. To do this, Fellows are linked to two key resources: the weekly Takemi Seminar Series, and expert faculty. In addition, Fellows have the opportunity for collaboration throughout the Harvard community, and may elect to deepen their knowledge of theory or practice through relevant coursework. Fellows draw on these resources to produce at least one paper of publishable quality. 

Applications are due by 31 December 2018 at midnight EST.

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The Greenwood Africa Award

The Greenwood Africa Award recognises the research achievements and future potential of a mid-career African scientist in contributing to the control of infectious disease in sub-Saharan Africa. It is awarded to an individual who shows exceptional promise as an African research leader.

The award consists of a medal and a week in residence at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in London. The winner will be required to give a Greenwood lecture, as well as interact with relevant academics and give seminars as appropriate.

It will be awarded every three years, at the LSHTM graduation ceremony.

Nominations (including self-nominations) consist of a cover letter (max 1 page) and a CV (max 4 pages).

Please submit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by Sunday 9 December 2018.

Learn more: /introducing/medals/the-greenwood-africa-award


2019 RISK Award

Applications are invited for the 2019 RISK Award organised by Munich Re Foundation, the International Disaster and Risk Conference and UNISDR.

The Award, endowed with €100,000, is assigned to operational projects in the field of risk reduction and disaster management on a biannual basis.

The application phase will end on 30 November 2018. The 2019 Award ceremony will be held at the 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in May 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

To apply, visit:


John Hopkins Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate programme

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has launched a scholarship programme to support one individual who has been displaced due to the conflicts in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan or Syria. Prospective scholarship recipients should have experience in humanitarian health, focus on humanitarian health during the MPH, and plan to have a career in humanitarian health. These students will receive full tuition, while pursuing a Master of Public Health graduate degree at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) in conjunction with the Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health

Applications are due by 1 December 2018, and all required materials are due by January 2019.

International Applicants can apply for waivers for the SOPHAS application: _with_Your_SOPHAS_Application/2_SOPHAS_Cycle_Dates_and_Fees


Applicants must notify the Scholarship Program of their desire to be considered for the scholarship by e-mailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Commonwealth Foundation grants

The Commonwealth Foundation offers grants of up to £200,000 over four years in support of innovative project ideas and approaches that seek to strengthen the ability of civic voices to engage with governments and that have the potential to improve governance and development outcomes through their active participation.


The Foundation believes in the power of stories and storytelling for social change and will award grants for creative approaches that have the potential to influence public discourse.

The selection process is highly competitive and selected projects will have been designed to undertake work that has the potential to lead to one or more of the outcomes in the Foundation's strategic logic model.

The Foundation’s programme teams are all involved in shaping the focus of the call for proposals. An internal review process, including long-listing by the Grants team followed by a short listing process involving all programme teams, prepares a final list of applications that is then submitted to the Grants Committee. Final decisions on which projects to support are made by the member states represented on the Foundation’s Grants Committee.

Preliminary applications for the 2018/2019 call will be accepted from 1 November 2018 at 12pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).  The deadline for preliminary applications is 7 January 2019 at 5pm GMT.

You can forward any enquiries you have about our grants call to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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