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Early Career Conference Grants 2020

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Applications are open for the 2020 Early Career Conference Grants.

For emerging academics, taking part in an international conference can have a profound impact on their teaching and research. Conferences are a chance to share research, learn about the latest developments in an area of work, and build valuable professional networks. Researchers return to their universities better informed and better connected with new knowledge that can be shared and multiplied amongst colleagues and students.

The ACU’s Early Career Conference Grants help to ensure that more emerging researchers – and the universities that employ them – can benefit from these valuable opportunities. Open to academic staff at ACU member universities, the grants are aimed specifically at researchers early in their careers who have not yet had the opportunity to travel beyond their region.

Eligibility

To apply, researchers must:

  • Be employed as a lecturer, research fellow/associate or post-doctoral researcher (or equivalent) at an ACU member university
  • Be within 7 years of the start of their academic career – applicants who have taken a career break and returned to work can also be considered
  • Not have previously travelled for work beyond their home region 
  • Already have submitted a proposal to present at an overseas conference

How to apply

Fill and submit application form

Applicants are required to complete four short personal statements, upload their conference proposal, and attach a letter of reference from their line manager or head of department.

The closing date is 23:59 GMT on Wednesday 25 March.

The grants

The maximum grant amount is GBP 2000. This is intended to cover conference registration fees, economy return flights, accommodation, sustenance and visa costs. Successful applicants are responsible for arranging their own flights and accommodation, registering for the conference in question, and making their own visa and vaccination arrangements.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a short-written report to the ACU six months after their return.

For further information, visit Association of Commonwealth Universities website. 

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Nigeria Impact Startup Relief Facility – Grants For Startups

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Nigeria Impact Startup Relief Facility (NISRF) is offering grants to help start-ups survive the pandemic.

NISRF is an emergency facility designed by a consortium of funding partners to support grant applicants whose businesses/activities are either being adversely affected or modified in response to COVID-19.

Worth Of Award

  • Business equity-free funding between $5,000 to $20,000.
  • Access to a pool of mentors and business experts.
  • A chance to continue to create impact and stay afloat.

Eligibility

To qualify for this funding, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a company operating in Nigeria
  • The company is tackling an urgent social problem
  • The company is post-MVP, revenue-generating, registered with CAC
  • Can demonstrate substantial financial health before the onset of COVID-19 ($60K ARR – 12 months period minimum)
  • The company has already received seed capital
  • Can demonstrate the scale of impact, or potential for future scale
  • Fall in any of these sectors: Agriculture, Critical Infrastructure, Financial Services, Health Care, Education, and with initiatives that target the informal sector.

Deadline: 7th September 2020. Click here for more information.

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2020/2021 Fung Global Fellows Program For Scholars Around The World

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Each year the program selects scholars from around the world to engage in research and discussion around a common theme. The number of candidates hired will depend on the qualifications of the overall applicant pools. 

There are two categories:

  1. Postdoctoral research associates: Who received their doctorate from an institution outside of the United States and who, at the time of application, do not hold a tenure-track faculty appointment.
  2. Early-career scholars: employed outside the United States who have a faculty appointment, a professional research appointment, or are an established independent scholar in the designated theme of the program.

Application Requirements 

The following items must be submitted by the applicant, in English;

  • Online application
  • Cover letter (1.5 pages maximum)
  • Curriculum Vitae (including publications)
  • Research proposal (maximum of 3 pages, single-spaced)
  • One writing sample (article or book chapter, maximum of 50 pages)

Stipends And Research Support

  1. Fellowships for the Early Career and Postdoctoral fellowships are for the entire academic year, from September 2021 to June 2022.  
  2. Within the limits of its resources, the program intends to provide a salary for Early Career and Senior Fellows that equal the regular salary paid to a Fellow at his or her home institution. In cases where the Fellow’s base salary scale at their home institution is significantly below the norm, the salary might increase.
  3. Fellows will receive research funds.
  4. Fellows would get an office space, computer access in a suite dedicated to the program, and access to the Firestone Library. 

Deadline: 16 November 2020. For more information, please visit the official website of the PIIRS Fung Global Fellows Program

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