Application Deadline: 04 December 2018 (23h00 South African time)

The African-German Network of Excellence in Science is pleased to announce that the Call for Nominations for the “AGNES Grant for Junior Researchers” in 2018 is now open. AGNES offers these grants to recent doctoral graduates (sub-Saharan African nationals); the 2018 grants are funded from a donation drive with AGNES members and African Humboldtians (the alumni of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), and through support of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The AGNES Grant for Junior Researchers aims to strengthen the scientific capacity in Africa through active co-operation of AGNES members. It further supports Humboldtians in their efforts towards coaching and mentoring high potential junior researchers, helping them to access international networks of scientific excellence (e.g. AvH).

Eligibility and Nomination

Consideration of recipients for the AGNES Grant for Junior Researchers is only by nomination of candidates, and not through direct application.

AGNES Members and African Humboldtians may nominate 2 excellent candidates who graduated with the PhD from 2016 onwards. Excellent candidates who will graduate before the end of 2018 may also be nominated. The nominator should consider only those candidates who have an outstanding academic record with good publications in international journals. The nominee must be interested to carry out a post-doctoral scientific research project in Germany under the auspices of the fellowship programmes of the AvH.

NB: It is the wish of the AvH and of AGNES to attract excellent candidates from all sub- Saharan countries. Nominators are therefore requested to also contact colleagues from other countries to identify brilliant candidates for nomination.

AGNES encourage the nomination of candidates from all fields of research, including Humanities and Social Sciences.

Amount and Use of the Grant

The once-off grant amounts to the ZAR equivalent of EUR 1000.00 as fixed at the time of conversion. The recipient of the Grant must submit a signed letter of acceptance to the Governing Board of AGNES, co-signed by the AGNES nominator (mentor) within seven days of receipt of the offer. The Grant money will then be transferred into the bank account of the successful Junior Researcher.

The Grant is awarded in recognition of the scientific achievements of the Grantee to date and his/her potential to successfully compete for an AvH post-doc fellowship. AGNES does not impose restrictions on the use of the Grant but it is envisaged that the Grant may serve as support during the preparation of the application for postdoctoral funding from the AvH.


A nomination package is composed of the following:

􀁸 A nomination letter with the name of the nominator, the name of the nominee, the reason for the nomination, the PhD graduation date of the nominee, the ranking of the nominees, the field of research to be followed in Germany, and the name and affiliation of a potential research partner in Germany (if already established).

􀁸 A CV of the nominee with a full list of publications plus a digital copy of eac publication (at least the first page showing Authorship, Title and Date of the publication, Abstract and Journal information).

􀁸 Academic transcripts and graduation certificates from the nominee’s Tertiary Institute(s).

􀁸 For the Humanities, an extended abstract (5 pages) of the doctoral thesis has to be submitted.

Please send the Nomination files via email to the AGNES Desk in Cape Town: and . Nominations close at 23h00 South African time on 04 December 2018.

Application Deadline: 04 December 2018 (23h00 South African time)

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