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The Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer (JWO) Research Grant was established to honor the late Mrs. Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer and continue her extensive contribution to and passion for Africa, the natural environment, and science.  The JWO Research Grant seeks to support African-led, research that will contribute to the advancement of environmental- and allied sciences; and address relevant, real-world, African issues of current and future importance. Furthermore, the grant is encouraging inter-and trans-disciplinary research applications that seek solutions to challenges in Africa, some of which may include, but not limited to, the following themes:

  1. The intersection between biodiversity and the economy
  2. Environmental tipping points
  3. Impact of landscape changes on novel and known disease emergence
  4. Impact of pollution, with particular micro-plastics and their impact on the environment


  • The lead applicant should be an early career African scientist who has strong links to a credible African institution. Furthermore, the proposed research should be limited to the African continent.
  • The institution must have a proven ability to manage funding and subscribes to good financial grant practice. The institutional affiliation may be academic, research, and government institutions, NGO, and for-profit organisation
  • The applicant must hold a degree (PhD, equivalent or higher qualification), and should have no more than seven years work and/or research experience post degree (excluding career breaks, including family-related breaks).

Grant Award

The 2021 JWO grant of $150,000 (US) will be awarded to one successful applicant. The grant will support a research project or programme of up to three years. There will be a yearly call for new applications1, and the grant recipient will be announced at the Oppenheimer Research Conference or a special event. The funds will be distributed in agreed tranches, based on satisfactory progress as measured against agreed milestones

The application deadline is June 30, 2021

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