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Volkswagen Foundation postdoc fellowships

September 18, 2012

This Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation aims at providing sustainable support for research and capacity building in Africa. It is part of the initiative “Knowledge for Tomorrow - Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa”. Besides an African-European cooperation, the development and extension of trans-African academic net-works in the natural and social sciences across the whole African continent are emphasized. The call is part of the Foundation’s career development scheme for African researchers. Within this framework, junior and senior postdoctoral fellows develop and execute their own research projects and establish leadership responsibilities. With this program, the Foundation aims at supporting post-doctoral scientists establishing an academic career in Africa. The call is open to all scholars from Sub-Saharan Africa active in research fields of the natural and social sciences. The project must be carried out in cooperation with a German research partner institution and/or an associated German postdoc-toral fellow. This Fellowship Program is coordinated by two German senior scientists and their teams. The coordinators will support the fellows in organ-izing workshops, summer schools, and other training elements which might be helpful to conduct their projects and to establish strong scientific networks. Interdisciplinary cooperation among the fellows will be emphasized.>