Call for proposals – Scholarship for Early-Career Researchers for Research Stays in Africa

The Scientific Coordination Office (WKS) Bavaria-Africa supports Early-Career-Researchers with funds of the Bavarian State Chancellery to initiate and perform research in African countries and build international networks.

The scholarship program aims to foster collaboration in research and innovation between Bavaria and African countries. The program provides new opportunities for participants to enhance their academic careers and networks, fostering work in international environments.Therefore, it is anticipated that the research stay not only includes research components, but also networking activities.


Early-Career-Researchers (maximum age 35 at time of application submission) of any nationality, who are either enrolled in a PhD programme or are working in a Post-Doc position situated at a public University or University of Applied Sciences situated in Bavaria, are eligible for funding. The programme welcomes applications from any discipline.

The scholarship funds a research-stay in collaboration with an African (research) institution for a maximum duration of one month. The funding will be granted on a lump-sum basis, the payment will be transferred in advance to the research stay. This research-stay shall include collaboration components with African entities of the respective country, which must be described in the proposal. In general, visits to all African countries are eligible, whereas a special emphasis is upon the countries enlisted in the Bavarian Africa strategy (Ethiopia, Kenia, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia).

Research stays as a mere “fly-in-fly-out” measure, without local interaction and network building, are not eligible.

Funding Period

The research stay must have started in the calendar year 2024.

Amount of Funding and Funding Type

The scholarship will be paid as a lump-sum fund for flight, accommodation and living expenses up to a maximum duration of one month. The maximum grant amount must not exceed 3,500€ and a detailed budget plan has to be provided in the proposal.

Deadline for submission: 15/02/2024 17:00 CET


You can find further information at the website of the Bavarian Research Alliance