Deadline: 8th May 2018

The Science and Language Mobility Scheme Africa is a programme for the English and French speaking researchers from Africa to undertake scientific research in language regions other than their own. The five-year programme is a collaboration between the African Academy of Sciences, Wellcome and Institut Pasteur providing travel grants for short-term visits of up to six months to African researchers. At the AAS, the scheme will be implemented through the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA).




  • Travel grants for short term visits of up to six months
  • Increase in Intra-Africa research collaboration between English and French-speaking African scientists
  • To allow scientists to learn from each other and better address the health and development challenges facing the continent
  • The award will cover directly incurred costs up to $20,000 for duration of up to 6 months


In order to be eligible for the fund, one should:

  • Be a citizen of an African country
  • Be based in Africa
  • Be affiliated with a recognised academic, medical or research institution that is part of either the DELTAS Africa, H3Africa, or Institut Pasteur networks.  For-profit organisations are not eligible
  • The call is also open to non-African investigators who must be resident in Africa (evidence may be requested), have an appointment/affiliation with an African institution, and their residence and tenure of service with the appointing African institution should cover the duration of the award.
  • Possess a PhD or postdoctoral fellowship or equivalent research qualification/professional experience.
  • Hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible institution which must span the duration of the exchange.

Eligible Regions: African Countries


  • Register and apply through the AAS Grants Management System (Ishango) in the given link below. Applications can be submitted in either English or French.
  • The applicants have to submit the following to be assessed for their eligibility to receive travel grants:
    • Evidence of support for exchange by an academic supervisor/line manager from applicant’s institution (release letter)
    • Evidence of support from host institution (letter of acceptance)
    • Curriculum Vitae

Apply here 

Visit the Official Website for more information


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