Conservation Action Research Network invites applications for the CARN Aspire Grant Program for African Graduate Students and Early Career Professionals in 2022.

CARN established the Aspire Grant Program in 2014 to support and encourage young African scientists to conduct novel conservation research and management activities. These include activities that address the critical challenges facing wildlife, biodiversity and ecosystem health in the Congo Basin.

Critically, these small grants can build the foundation for young African researchers to become independent. This is because it provides “bridge funding” that allows them to compete in larger international arenas. Most importantly, small research grants will encourage and provide a means for young Africans to remain engaged in their research. It will also encourage them to stay in their native countries to practice their trades.


Worth of Award

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


The eligible candidate should be

  • a resident of one of the following countries: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Uganda.
  • 35 years of age or younger.
  • enrolled in a graduate program or hold a professional position.

How to Apply

To access the application form, simply click here.

Deadline: The application period elapses June 15.


Click here for more details and to apply