The first cohort of Crick African Network fellows.

African Career Accelerator Awards

African Career Accelerator Awards

Call for applications

The Crick African Network’s African Career Accelerator (CAN ACA) awards will provide fellowship support for African postdoctoral researchers (or non-African citizens with permanent residency status) who are aiming to make the transition to becoming an independent researcher and launching their own research group.

The CAN ACA awards will invest in early-career researchers who have demonstrated strong scientific and leadership potential, as well as a commitment to continuing their research on the African continent. This call is made possible by funding from the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund

Applicants should contact their potential supervisors as early as possible to discuss project proposals.

Calls for applications

Round 1

Round 1 has closed.

Find out more:

Read about the five top African scientists who were awarded career accelerator fellowships to tackle infectious diseases prevalent on the continent.

Round 3

Round 3 is closed for applications.


  1. Expressions of interest: opens 1 February, closed 1 April 2019
  2. Full applications: opens 1 February, closes 20 May 2019
  3. Interviews: Late June - Early July 2019
  4. Announcement of award: July 2019

About the accelerator awards