ICTP-EAIFR Announces Funds for African Researchers

Support promotes collaboration for research network

24 Jun 2019

ICTP-EAIFR announces the availability of funding for African researchers to develop and support networking related to its African School of Electronic Structure Methods and Application (ASESMA).

ASESMA is a bi-annual two week school that brings together students from countries in Africa. In order to further develop and support the networking that takes place at that event, EAIFR has received 24,000 EUR from the Office of External Activities (OEA) of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire (CECAM), the National Centre for Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials (MARVEL) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the Psi-k network.

The funds are to promote intense scientific exchanges between researchers within Africa who are working in electronic structure methods and applications and to support Africa – Europe interactions between researchers in Europe and those in Africa. This network (ASESMANET) will fund African researchers to visit other researchers or research groups in Africa for focused research collaboration for two months or more at a time and also support exchange of scientists between Africa and Europe for research collaborations and conference participation. Thus, ASESMANET aims to extend ASESMA in some way by promoting collaboration and training to cover the whole year. Researchers (graduate students, postdocs, faculty members) in any African or European institution are eligible to apply for funds under this network. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

ASESMANET will fund participants to cover:

  • Travel/flight tickets [from African home country to African host/collaborating country or between African and European countries for research collaboration and/or conference support].
  • Accommodation at host country
  • Living allowance at host country

ASESMANET is open to active scientists at all levels including doctoral students.

For details on how to apply, see the official announcement (PDF download).

The deadline for applications is 12 July 2019. For more information, contact info@eaifr.org or asesmanet@eaifr.org.

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