The Francis H. Brown African Scholarship Fund supports researchers and students from East Africa who are interested in earth sciences and botany connected to human beginnings.
Its goal is to increase scientific interest in these fields and human knowledge.
The fund is also meant to help universities and nations in East Africa conduct research that advances the earth and botanical sciences and builds on the contributions of Dr. Francis H. Brown.
The Francis H. Brown African Scholarship Eligibility
Students or researchers of African descent who are citizens of:
- South Sudan,
- Kenya, Ethiopia,
Are enrolled in graduate programs at accredited universities, preferably those in sub-Saharan Africa or have completed their doctorates no more than ten (10) years before applying for funding from this source.
A research project pertaining to human origins in the earth sciences or botany is required of applicants. After completing their degree, applicants must show that they are dedicated to a career in their field of study, with a focus on research and teaching in their home nation.
The Francis H. Brown African Scholarship Amount
The annual maximum grant amount is $30,000 for each applicant.
How to Apply for The Francis H. Brown African Scholarship
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You will be required to upload attachments to your application during the application process. For each of the attachments, kindly refer to the instructions below. All attachments must be uploaded as PDF files, with the exception of the applicant’s photo.
Kindly provide details about your intended course of study or training, areas of interest in research, career aspirations, and employment prospects in your own country. Kindly restrict this attachment to three pages using a single spacing and 12-point font.
A brief synopsis of the above information and a progress report should be included in the proposal body for applicants who are currently receiving funding for a Francis H. Brown African Scholarship and are seeking it for an additional year. Kindly be advised that the present grant needs to be ended. Please refer to the details of the reporting requirements below.
Documents to Include During Application
- Pertinent Curricula Vitae
- Sponsor Letter of Support
Pertinent Curricula Vitae
Please attach both your advisor’s and your own resumes. A CV should not exceed two pages in length.
Sponsor Letter of Support
You can upload the letter of support from your sponsor in PDF format. The letter can be submitted to [email protected] if your sponsor would rather have it sent directly to us.
A progress report from the sponsor should be included in the letter of support for applicants who are currently receiving funding through the Francis H. Brown African Scholarship and are seeking funding for an additional year.
The Francis H. Brown African Scholarship Allowable Expenses
- The applicant may not otherwise be able to afford the costs of analysis, such as elemental, isotopic, geological mapping technologies, or genetic study of plant or geological specimens. When a laboratory’s analytical expenses differ between its internal and external users, it is anticipated that the former will be billed at in-house rates. Instead of only sending items to a lab for analysis, it is hoped that the candidate would take part in the measurements in order to improve his or her talents.
- The applicant’s travel expenses to a university to prepare samples for measurement or to perform measurements like the ones listed in this section’s first bullet. Funding could be given to help with the cost of economy travel, economy hotel, and/or food while a person is visiting the facility where the measurements are taken.
- application fees for travel to a field location to get materials for analysis that would not otherwise be available. Such travel is meant to be brief—typically lasting no more than two weeks, unless the fieldwork demands a longer excursion—and to be undertaken specifically for the goal of conducting essential research, such as fieldwork, sample collection, or mapping. These expenses could include fuel, a competitive wage for temporary field assistance in the area, economy flights, meals, hotel, vehicle rental and maintenance, and the cost of any required visas or other travel paperwork.
- Smaller supplies such as sample containers (e.g., bottles, bags, markers, etc.).
- The Francis H. Brown African Scholarship Fund recipient’s necessary expenses include tuition, student fees, books, insurance, and other pertinent areas.
- The recipient receives a small stipend.
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