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The upcoming transition from the MDGs to the post 2015 development agenda offers African countries the opportunities for stepping up efforts in the areas of poverty reduction, education, food security, disease control, access to water and sanitation, gender equality and the development of partnerships, while ensuring this happens in an overall context of sustainable development. UNESCO under its science programme provides technical advice and support to African member states to address issues of policy and governance, capacity building in science, technology and innovation, water security, environmental sustainability and resilience building to combat climate change and enhance disaster risk management.


Call for funding - NRF-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), in partnership with the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) have partnered to pursue the goal of advancement of Science in developing countries through the establishment of the NRF-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship funding instrument.

TWAS is based in Italy and operates as a programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the advancement of science in developing countries.  The parties entered into a contractual agreement to support postdoctoral fellows from Africa and developing countries who will be funded per annum for a maximum of three (3) years to pursue full-time research training in South Africa.  There will be an intake of 10 postdoctoral fellows each year for three (3) years, starting in 2016.

Download the full  Call for funding - NRF-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships 2016 document


Twas -Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016

Application guidelines are explained in the document downloadable below. Candidates must read the document together with the call or framework document of the funding instrument that highlights the funding instrument eligibility criteria and requirements.

For technical online enquiries, please contact the NRF Support Desk during office hours from 08:00 to 16:30 Monday to Friday.

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Download the Application Guide-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016


Merck Africa Research Summit- MARS

The Merck Africa Research Summit- MARS aims to bring together researchers from across Africa to discuss the generation, sharing and dissemination of research data and to prepare for the road ahead in Africa’s development as an international hub for research excellence and scientific innovation.

The annual Summit aims to contribute to building research capacity In African research community on health with special focus on Ebola and emergent infectious diseases, showcase innovative research taking place in projects, programs and initiatives across African universities and by the wider African research community.

For more information on submission of application and abstracts visit www.mars2015summit.org


World Water Assessment Programme: Call For Applications

The World Water Assessment Programme of UNESCO is promoting the Capacity Development Training Programme on Water and Sustainable Development and calls for applications to this fully sponsored course held on October 19-23 at WWAP Secretariat in Villa La Colombella/ Perugia-Italy. 

The Capacity Development Training is focused on the World Water Development Report 2015 topic “Water and Sustainable Development” and aims to enhance countries’ capacity to deal with water issues in a complex world environment. In particular, the training will provide tools to strengthen institutional capacity and effectiveness of water and water-related governmental agencies.

Read more: World Water Assessment Programme: Call For Applications

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