Post-Doctoral Fellowships


One of the major focus areas of the project is the strengthening of faculty research capacity in the priority areas through the provision of post-doctoral research fellowships for early and mid-career researchers at both UG and Makerere.

The focus of the CAPREx fellowships is to contribute to the strengthening of the home institutions of the fellows and their academic environment whilst addressing the personal career development of the fellows. A comprehensive range of appropriate training and specific support is available within the existing Cambridge programs for each of these target career levels.

Applying for the Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships is a two-step application process involving:

  1. The submission of a Preliminary Application; and
  2. The submission of a Full Application.

The fellowship provides the opportunity for recipients to spend up to six (6) months at the University of Cambridge to undertake collaborative research projects with Cambridge-based collaborators and in some cases, at the other African institution in the partnership as a means of also promoting south-south linkages. Fellows also have the opportunity to engage in a variety of training, seminars and networking opportunities to enhance their research links and skills.

Based on the agreed duration of the visit, the fellowship includes the following:

  • Travel costs (i.e. return economy airfare);
  • Subsistence costs (i.e. monthly living allowance at Cambridge for accommodation, meals, local transport and social activities);
  • Travel costs to attend/ participate in an international conference in Europe or North America to present their research; and
  • Travel costs for Cambridge-based collaborator(s) to visit Fellow at their home university to promote sustainable collaborative links and work on their joint project.

In addition, CAPREx Fellows are eligible to submit an application, in conjunction with their Cambridge collaborator, to the Cambridge‐Africa Alborada Research Fund to support the research collaboration (with awards ranging from £1,000 to £10,000 per application).

Prospective applicants should be:

  • Full time PhD‐holding members of staff at either the University of Ghana or at Makerere University.  Eligibility will focus on early career fellows (10 years since PhD completion) but midcareer fellows (10‐20 years since PhD completion) are also encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants from the University of Ghana must be Faculty members from the College of Basic and Applied Sciences or faculty members from other UG Colleges doing research on infectious diseases.
  • Applicants from Makerere University must be working within the Social Sciences and Humanities. This includes Education, Law and Business.


The Cambridge Africa Partnership for Research Excellence (CAPREx project is a partnership program between the University of Cambridge in the UK, University of Ghana Legon and the Makerere University in Uganda




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