Francis H. Brown African Scholarship Fund 2020 for East African researchers ($25,000 Award)


Application Deadline: July 15th, 2020

The purpose of the Francis H. Brown African Scholarship Fund is to expand human knowledge and scientific interest in earth sciences and botany related to human origins by providing financial assistance to East African researchers and students pursuing research in these areas. The fund is further intended to support research that builds on the work of Dr. Francis H. Brown and builds capacity in the earth and botanical sciences in East African institutions


Students or researchers of African heritage who are citizens of Kenya, Ethiopia or Eritrea who (a) are pursuing a doctoral degree at an accredited university, preferably from, but not limited to, an institution located in sub-Saharan Africa or (b) have completed their doctoral degrees no longer than six years prior to the time of application for funding from this source. Applicants shall demonstrate a commitment to a career in their field of study with an emphasis on research and teaching in his/her country of origin following the completion of his/her degree.

Award Amount

The maximum award amount is $25,000.


Proposals will be accepted for support twice yearly. Proposals must be submitted by January 10 for awards given in May and July 15 for awards given in December.

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

During the application process, you will be asked to upload attachments to your application. Please follow the instructions below for each of the attachments. All of the attachments except the applicant photo must be uploaded as PDF documents.

Proposal Body
Please describe your plan for study or training, research interests, professional goals and prospects for employment in your home country. Please limit this attachment to one page, single spacing, 12 point typeface.
Detailed Proposal Budget
Please click here to download the Budget Worksheet.

Allowable costs

  • Analysis costs in a laboratory to which the applicant might not otherwise have access, including, but not limited to, elemental, isotopic, or genetic analysis of geological or botanical specimens. It is expected that analytical costs will be charged at in-house rates in cases where analytical costs are different for internal vs. external users of a laboratory. It is intended that the applicant will participate in the measurements in order to enhance his or her capabilities, and not simply send materials to a laboratory for analysis.
  • Travel costs for the applicant to a University for the purpose of preparing samples for measurement, or for making measurements such as those described in the section above. Funding may be provided to offset the cost of economy airfare, lodging, and/or subsistence during the time an individual is visiting an institution where the measurements are made.
  • Travel costs for the applicant to a field site in order to collect materials for analysis which would otherwise not be available. It is intended that such travel will be of short duration (i.e., normally less than two weeks, unless the fieldwork warrants a longer trip), and that the travel is for the express purpose of sample collection. Such costs may include economy airfare, food, lodging, vehicle rental and maintenance, fuel, locally competitive salary for temporary field assistants, and costs of visas or other documents necessary for travel.
  • Minor supply items such as sample containers (e.g., bags, bottles, markers, etc.).
  • Defrayment of tuition for a recipient of support from this fund, preferably for only the final year of study.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Francis H. Brown African Scholarship Fund 2020


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