Call for Proposals: Lectureships and Prolonged Research Stays at African Higher Education Institutions

Research Closed Call 18 Feb 2022 Multiple Countries LH Africa
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Closed Call
18 Feb 2022
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe 
LH Africa

The Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has commissioned Swiss TPH with support from the University of Basel as the Leading House for its bilateral collaboration with partner institutions in Africa for the funding period 2021–2024.

Leading House Africa in collaboration with the University of Bern’s Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) is calling for applications for Lectureships and Prolonged Research Stays at African Higher Education Institutions for Research Groups of Swiss Higher Education Institutions.

The goal of this instrument is to promote research cooperation between Swiss and African Higher Education Institutions, geared towards the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. To this end, the role of science is to provide knowledge and to engage in negotiations with policy and civil society for shaping transformations towards more sustainable development. This challenging task requires scientists to employ innovative inter-and transdisciplinary research approaches. This new instrument is designed to promote research cooperation with an important institutional capacity development component (e.g. joint curriculum development, joint research activities and joint project/funding acquisition) with African research institutions by funding a Swiss mobility group/team.


Eligible Applicant (Lead): The call is open to all scientific disciplines and fields of research and targets research groups/teams with affiliations to Swiss Higher Education Institutions. The research should contribute towards the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, the African Union’s Agenda 2063, and the national priorities of the respective countries. 

An ideal Swiss mobility research group/team is a mixed group of up to three people consisting, for example, of one senior researcher, one postdoctoral fellow and one PhD student (other combinations are also possible). The research group/team will stay for a minimum of 2 months to a maximum of 6 months in the partner institution in Africa. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online participation of some of the research group/team members is permissible. However, at least one team member should be able to travel to an African country.

Eligible Applicant in Partner Country (Co-Lead/Host): Researcher of an African Higher Education Institution from all African countries, except Maghreb region and Egypt


The maximum amount that can be applied for each project is CHF 50,000. The budget can be used for activities of the Swiss mobility group/team, including activities of the African partner.

Project Duration: Min 2 months to max 6 months.

Application process:

For guidelines and detailed information on the call, please click here.

Click here for access to the application form.