Royal Society Africa Prize 2023 for African Scientists

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The Royal Society Africa Prize is to recognise research scientists based in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the biological sciences, including basic medical science, which contributes significantly to capacity building in Africa.

The Royal Society, formally The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, is a learned society and the United Kingdom’s national academy of sciences. The society fulfils a number of roles: promoting science and its benefits, recognizing excellence in science, supporting outstanding science, providing scientific advice for policy, education and public engagement and fostering international and global co-operation. Founded on 28 November 1660, it was granted a royal charter by King Charles II as The Royal Society.

Aim and Benefits of Royal Society Africa Award

The winner will receive a bronze medal, accompanied by a £15,000 grant towards their research project and a gift of £2,000.

Requirements for Royal Society Africa Award Qualification

  • The Royal Society Africa Prize will be made to an individual for an outstanding, innovative contribution to biological science, including basic medical science, which contributes significantly to capacity building in Africa.
  • The Prize is intended for researchers at an early stage of their research career (usually having received their PhD within the last 10-15 years) with the potential to build a research project to follow on from the prize.
  • The research must be based in Africa.
  • Nominations can be made by senior academics and members of the national academies of science.
  • The project and nominee should be linked with an African centre of excellence, which would normally be a University, or equivalent research centre.
  • Normally the Prize is given to an individual who has not yet reached full Professorship status.

Interview date, Process and Venue for Royal Society Africa Award

Review process

  • Once the call for nominations has closed, referees will be asked to assess each nomination.
  • Following the collection of references, all nominations are scored by the relevant awards committee. These scores are confidential and will be discussed by the relevant awards committee at a selection meeting held in the spring.

Notification of outcome

  • Successful winners and nominators will be informed by email in July.
  • The Royal Medal winners and nominators will be informed in July following His Majesty’s approval.
  • Unsuccessful nominations will be notified and reminded that the award will remain valid for 3 cycles
  • We aim to inform nominators in advance of the public announcement of winners.
  • The Royal Society will announce all winners publicly in late August.

Application Deadline

February 24, 2023

How to Apply

Interested? Visit Royal Society  to apply

The call for nominations is now open. There is a new nomination system in place and so please ensure you read through the guidance document fully.

Nominate now

For more details, visit Royal Society Africa website

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