Funding for Scientists

Information about funding and prizes available if you are a student or researcher in a Congo Basin country.

CABES Master Programmes – SPIBES

The MSc programme on “Science-Policy Practice Interfaces on Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Climate Change – SPIBES” aims to strengthen the capacity of African experts, and by so doing reinforce their contribution to IPBES. The fellowship covers payment of tuition fees, field research budget, stipend for living expenses and a round-trip airline ticket. The next application deadline is 31 March 2024.

Connecting Ecologists with other disciplines grants

Promoting interdisciplinary skills by funding up to £20k towards placements in different disciplines and sectors. The first round of funding will open in early January 2024.

Ecologists in the Global South

Ecologists in Global South countries can apply for funding through any grant scheme offered by the British Ecological Society, whichever suits them and their projects best.

Rising Star Africa Prize

The Royal Society Rising Star Africa Prize is to recognise early-career research scientists based in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the physical, mathematical and engineering sciences. The next round of nominations for the award will open in November 2023.

The Royal Society Africa Prize

The Royal Society Africa Prize is to recognise research scientists based in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the sciences. The next round of nominations for the award will open in November 2023.

Allan Robertson Grants

The Grants are awarded to: (a) young peatland and peat researchers carrying out research or practical work or (b) young professionals in early stages of their career in managing peatlands or peat industry. The application form for 2024 will be opened in December 2023.

Aspire Grant Program

The Aspire Grant Program provides competitive research grants of up to $5,000 USD for African graduate students and early career professionals working in the areas of biodiversity, conservation and environmental sustainability in the Congo Basin region.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems

TROPIMUNDO candidates can apply for a European Community scholarship open to applicants from all nationalities. The submission deadline for the first call for applications is November 2023.

EGU24 Conference

Two participation support schemes have been put in place by the EGU Council to facilitate the widest possible participation in EGU24: Roland Schlich travel support for on-site participants and a registration-fee waiver scheme for virtual participants. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 December 2023, 13:00 CET if you are applying for financial support from the EGU.

National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society funds individuals working on projects in science, conservation, storytelling, education, and technology that align with one or more of their focus areas (ocean, land, wildlife, human histories and cultures, human ingenuity). Level 1 grants offer funding  of up to $20,000. Level 2 grants typically offer funding of $50,000-$60,000. The next submission deadline is in April 2024.

Rufford Foundation

The Rufford Foundation provides funding for nature conservation projects in developing countries. Grants start at £6,000 and increase to £15,000 for projects that successfully complete each stage.

ZAA Conservation Grants

The ZAA Conservation Fund awards grants up to US $5,000 to help with the conservation of endangered species and their habitats worldwide. Proposals will be accepted from January 1, 2023 – April 15, 2024.

The Explorers Club

The Explorers Club supports the scientific fieldwork of groundbreaking explorers around the globe.