SADC member states undergraduate students to build low-cost laboratory equipment at SANBio LabHack
SADC member states undergraduate students to build low-cost laboratory equipment designed for the African context at the South African edition of the LabHack 2018, arranged by SANBio / BioFISA II in collaboration with the University of Oxford.
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FemBioBiz entrepreneurs attend Cosmetics Formulation Training
Just a few weeks after the completion of Season 2 of the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme; finalists who competed under the Cosmetics category underwent training in Cosmetics Formulation. Held at the North West University (NWU) under the Preclinical Drug Development Platform (PCDDP), ten FemBioBiz entrepreneurs from Zimbabwe, Seychelles, Namibia, Malawi, South Africa, Botswana and Zambia gathered to not only learn but to also build relationships.
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Grants and Awards
NEPAD SANBio / BioFISA II Opportunity: Mobility grants to support regional and international travel and accommodation for individuals in the Biosciences field. Deadline: Open till 1 December 2018; any activity must be concluded by 15 January 2019.
 TWAS prizes:
  • TWAS Medal Lectures. Awarded to TWAS members, in recognition of their achievements in their fields of research. The recipients lecture on a main aspect of their work. Deadline: Open
  • Abdus Salam Medal. Awarded to highly distinguished personalities who have served the cause of science in the Developing World. No limit on age, country or field. Deadline: Open
Call for proposals: Strengthening Higher Agricultural Education for Agri-Food System Transformation in Africa (SHAEA). The main objective of this proposed project is to develop competent and relevant human resources required to accelerate agri-food systems transformation in Africa. Deadline for submission: 30 November 2018
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation calls for proposals for the latest round of the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative. Applications on the following six topics will be accepted. Deadline: 14 November 2018
2019 RISK Award. Up to €100,000 for an operational project in the field of risk reduction and disaster management. Deadline: 30 November 2018
RDA EU Open Call for Ambassadors. The Research Data Alliance is calling on domain specific data experts to join its Ambassador programme. Deadline: 5 December 2018
Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowships. Short-term fellowships to African-born academics at universities in the USA and Canada to collaborate with African universities. Deadline: 9 December 2018
Google AI Impact Challenge. Open call to organizations around the world to submit their ideas for how they could use artificial intelligence to help address societal challenges. Deadline: 22 January 2019
WIOMSA Marine Research Grants Programme. Supports young scientists to present research results at various fora. Applications for travel grants can be submitted anytime.

Nestlé Foundation grants for research in human nutrition in low-income and lower middle-income countries. Support includes grants for Masters and PhD projects. Applications accepted all year round.
Scholarships and courses
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Metagenomics at North-West University, South Africa. Deadline: Open till filled
Short Course: Phytomedicine and Natural Products. Presented by the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Pretoria.
Free online course on Artificial Intelligence from University of Helsinki. Open to anyone, anywhere.
University of Edinburgh MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program 2019/2020. Full scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Deadline: 30 November 2018
Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries Fellowship in Freshwater Science. Fellowships for PhD students, postdocs and senior scientists for 6-24 months. Deadline: 1 December 2018
Yale Maurice R Greenberg World Fellows Program. A four-month, full-time residential program, based out of Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Deadline: 5 December 2018
Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. For institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda to host an African-born scholar. Institutions and scholars may both apply. Deadline: 9 December 2018
Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme. Candidates must be citizens of an African country and between the ages of 25 and 39. Deadline: 15 December 2018
Ashinaga Africa Initiative university scholarships. Full financial support for undergraduate study in Japan, the U.K, the U.S.A and Europe. Deadline: 16 December 2018
Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program 2018/2019. Tuition and associated fees for citizens of African countries who wish to obtain an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Deadline: 10 January 2019
Call for abstracts for a workshop on “Livestock Systems in Urbanizing Environments: Impacts and Implications for Food Security in Developing Countries” in Uppsala, Sweden, 5-6 March 2019. Some funding available to support conference attendance. Deadline: 15 January 2019
Yale Young African Scholars Program. For secondary school students from all African countries. No tuition, meal, or lodging costs. Travel grants are also available. Deadline: 6 February 2019

Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) 2018/2019 scholarship for leadership development. For Africans who wish to pursue post-graduate studies within Africa, outside of their own countries.

Israeli Agency for International Development (MASHAV) professional courses in early 2018. Subject areas include agriculture, energy and education. A limited number of scholarships available. Deadlines vary.

HarvardX. Free online courses from Harvard University including data analysis, statistics and genomics. Deadlines vary.
DAAD scholarships 2019-2020. For individuals from eligible developing countries to undertake post-graduate study at German universities in development-related subjects. Deadline: Varies by course

New e-learning courses from FAO.
Landscape Governance, 1 - 12 April 2019
Calls for Papers
Call for abstracts for Quality Promotion Conference, 26-28 February 2019 in Pretoria. Deadline: 30 November 2018
Call for abstracts for a workshop on “Livestock Systems in Urbanizing Environments: Impacts and Implications for Food Security in Developing Countries” in Uppsala, Sweden, 5-6 March 2019. Some funding available to support conference attendance. Deadline: 15 January 2019

Call for manuscripts: African Journal for Rural Development. Regular articles, short communications and reviews accepted. Deadline: Open
4th Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum, 8 - 9 November 2018, CTICC, Cape Town
BioFISA II Event: Connecting Drivers of Change - Slush Side Event in Helsinki: 29 November 2018, 17:00 - 20:00, Päivälehden museo, Helsinki
Webinars and e-discussions
Adelle C, Elema N, Chakauya E, Benson D. Evaluating ‘homegrown’ research networks in Africa. S Afr J Sci. 2018;114(3/4), Art. #2017-0070, 7 pages.
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  • Theme Leader—Agricultural Markets and Policy

ILRI vacancy: Scientist – Epidemiology. Deadline: 6 December 2018
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