The Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund

The Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund at University of Cambridge, UK was created to fund research programs through its generous support source from the ALBORADA Trust.

The Cambridge-Africa Programme established in 2012 was a initiative from a number of individual, mutually-beneficial, long-term, collaborations between Cambridge and African researchers. The Programme which started within a few research individuals, was able to grow quickly with generous external support – competitive and philanthropic grants were won from the Wellcome Trust, Carnegie Corporation of New York and The ALBORADA Trust. 

The purpose of the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund is to encourage research, training and engagement activities between Cambridge and sub-Saharan Africa. Applicants from Cambridge apply jointly with applicants from universities/ institutes in sub-Saharan Africa and co-create the projects. Also, the Research Fund is to act as a seed fund/catalyst to enable the development of new research activity and further joint funding applications.

Level of Study: Post Doctoral level or above.

Eligible Country: Cambridge and sub-Saharan Africa Students/Researchers.

Also see >>> NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program.

Funding Value

The Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund competitively awards grants at cost range of £1,000 and £20,000 which covers the following:

  • research costs (such as reagents, fieldwork and equipment)
  • research-related travel between Cambridge and Africa (bearing in mind feasibility of travel due to COVID restrictions)
  • conducting research training activities in Africa (e.g. setting up courses/workshops).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Both applicants must be at post-doctoral level or above;
  • Both applicants should have a formal link to a research group/department/faculty in their home institution;
  • The Cambridge applicant must be either working at the University of Cambridge, or at a Research Institute affiliated with the University;
  • The African applicant must be based in a sub-Saharan Research Institution or University.

How To Apply

Both applicants must register and complete an online application form, available on the Cambridge Africa website.Final submissions should include the following documents:

  • Case for support and a lay summary.
  • An itemized budget.
  • A letter of support from the department/faculty of the Cambridge PI.
  • For the Department of Engineering, a letter of support from the Head of Division is needed.
  • A letter of support from the department/institution of the African PI.
  • CVs (maximum 2 pages) for both the Cambridge and Africa PI.

Application Deadline: 4th September 2023 and applications can be submitted at any time before this. Any queries should be sent to

Visit the official website >>> The Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund.

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