The British Ecological Society is inviting applications for the Ecological Society Grants for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research in 2020.

This grant provides support for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research. However, they recognize that ecologists in Africa face unique challenges in carrying out research; their grant is designed to support you to develop your skills, experience and knowledge base as well as making connections with ecologists in the developed world. They also support excellent ecological science in Africa by funding services and equipment.

Worth of Award

  • The maximum value of a grant is £8,000 for research.
  • An additional sum up to £2,000 may be requested to fund travel to help you develop connections with other ecologists outside your usual peer group.
  • This must be requested at the application stage.
  • Travel funds are available to spend time working with ecologists in developed countries where facilities and experience will help you on return to your own institution.
  • Successful applicants also receive two years of free BES membership and free online access to our journals.


To be considered eligible, applicants should;

  • Be a scientist and a citizen of a country in Africa or its associated islands, that is a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ according to the World Bank categorization
  • Have at least an MSc or equivalent degree
  • Be working for a university or research institution in Africa (including field centers, NGOs, museums, etc.) that provides basic research facilities
  • Carry out the research in a country in Africa or its associated islands

How to Apply

To apply for the British Ecological Society Grants;

  • Register/login to their online grants system, complete your contact details, and navigate to ‘Your Applications’.
  • They would recommend reading example applications in advance of applying, in order to assist you with writing your own application.
  • As part of the application process, two referees will be required to submit statements of support. If you are applying for travel funds, one of these must be from your host institution.
  • These statements should include why the project is important, what support will be given to you and a statement that any equipment bought for the project will be made available for anyone in the host institution to conduct ecological research.


Deadline: Application closes Monday, September 7, at 17:00 (BST). 


Click here for more details and to apply

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