Empowering African Environmental Science: The Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant Seeks Another Trailblazing Recipient

Historically, Africa has been underrepresented in global research and development endeavours, with limited resources allocated to research initiatives compared to other regions. However, there is growing recognition of the immense potential for innovation and scientific advancement within Africa’s diverse landscapes and communities. Subsequently, this is why research grants such as the Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant, now in its sixth year, are impactful.

The Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant (JWO Grant) was established in 2019 to honour the legacy of the late Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer, a distinguished pioneer in African education and environmental science. The JWO Research Grant has been instrumental in advancing vital research initiatives across the continent. As it approaches almost a decade of existence, the JWO Grant aims to attract a greater number of early-career scientists to apply in 2024, offering them the opportunity to potentially receive a transformative award.

Grant Eligibility

  1. The lead applicant should be an early-career African scientist with strong links to a credible African institution and proposing to conduct research on the continent.
  2. The 2024 JWO Research Grant encourages transdisciplinary research applications that demonstrate a strong link to biodiversity and conservation.
  3. The applicant must hold a degree (PhD) and should have no more than seven years of work and/or research experience post-degree (excluding career breaks, including family-related breaks).
  4. The institution must have a proven ability to manage funding and subscribes to good financial grant practices.
  5. The institutional affiliation may be academic, research, government, NGO, or for-profit organization.


Grant Award

 The 2024 JWO grant of $150,000 (USD) will be awarded to one successful applicant. The grant will support a research program of up to three years. There will be an annual call for new applications (previously funded research will not be eligible), and the grant recipient will be announced at the Oppenheimer Research Conference on the 10th of October 2024.

How to Apply

To apply for the grant, please follow this link – https://jworesearchgrant.org. Applications are open from the 2nd of April 2024 to the 3rd of May 2024.

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