Royal Society Rising Star Africa Prize 2021 (Grant of £14,000) | APPLY NOW

Royal Society Rising Star Africa Prize 2021 is currently receiving applications. Details about the program and how to apply are given below.

About the Royal Society Rising Star Africa Prize 2021

The aim of the Royal Society Rising Star Africa Prize is to find and recognize early-career research scientists who are based in Africa and are making contributions that are innovative to the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences.

The reason for the establishment of the prize was in memory of Paul O’Brien FRS and his work with the aim of encouraging excellence in science and education in Africa. It is required from the recipient of the Prize to submit a report after 6 months and also after 12 months with details of the progress of their research, the progress of their project, and also the expenditure of the Grant.


Persons who emerge as winners will be given a grant of £14,000 to support their research and also a personal gift of £1,000.

Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for the prize, interested persons are expected to meet certain eligibility requirements:

  • The intention of the prize is for researchers who are at the early stage of their research career (8 years post Ph.D.) who possess the potential to build a research project to follow on from the prize.
  • It is compulsory that the research is based in Africa.
  • Senior academics and members of the national academies of science are allowed to make nominations.
  • There should be a link between the project and nominee with an African centre of excellence which normally would be a University or equivalent research centre.


Two referees are required to be submitted by the nominators for the nominee. There will be a request for these once nominations have closed and they will be shared with the relevant selection committee.

To nominate, click this link

You can see terms and conditions via this link 


The deadline for nomination is Monday 15th February 2021 at 3 pm GMT.

Visit the official webpage via this link for more information



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