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Call for proposals: Research partnership grants

Leading House (LH) Africa is calling for applications for Research Partnership Grant I from advanced PhD students and early postdoctoral researchers affiliated with a Swiss Institution of Higher Education. The goal of this instrument is to further develop, consolidate and expand relations and foster new collaborations between Swiss researchers and partners in Africa.

Applications should demonstrate collaborative work with an African2 University or research institution in desk work, field research or laboratory with a minimum duration of 3 months and a maximum of 10 months. Projects may or may not include mobility component.


Main applicants must either hold a PhD degree with a maximum of two years postdoctoral experience or must be in the final year of their PhD programme (to be confirmed by the principal supervisor). In addition, applicants must be employed by the home institution based in Switzerland before, during and on the project completion date.

The main applicant will submit a joint proposal on behalf of the research team that includes one or more African co-applicants for their planned research work. The co-applicants must be employed as scientists at their home institution for the period of the project.


Proposals are expected from the following two areas:

  • Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), including Biological Sciences and Medicine.

The call aims at awarding an equal balance of proposals from both areas.

Submission Deadline: 26 November 2022