AREF-MRC Towards Leadership Programme 2023: Empowering African Scientists in Global Health Research

The AREF-MRC Towards Leadership Programme 2022/2023 is now accepting applications.

The initiative seeks to equip bright young African scientists to compete successfully for the UKRI MRC and other significant funding opportunities in global health research.

African scientists will get funding from the MRC and the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF), which will help them reach their full leadership and global health research potential.

The curriculum, which runs from October 2023 to October 2023, consists of two residential workshops and one online session.

The curriculum is meant to support, involve, and improve participants’ talents, giving them the tools they need to compete for funding opportunities, form successful teams, work worldwide, influence stakeholders, and pursue fulfilling research careers.

Programme Outline

  • Three amazing combined workshops spaced six months apart.
  • Further courses, webinars, and online resources.
  • Assessments and evaluations at the beginning and end of the program.
  • Collaboration between the participants.

The Programme Focuses on Five Themes Tailored to the Needs of Each Cohort

  • The Researcher As Communicator
  • The Researcher As Leader
  • The Researcher As Manager
  • The Effective Researcher
  • The Researcher As Communicator
  • The Compelling Applicant


The workshops’ costs, along with the nominees’ lodging and travel expenses, will be covered by MRC and AREF.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must be early career researchers leading their research group and inhabitants of an African nation who an accredited African university or research organization employs.

They must have experience securing research funding and either a research doctorate or a medical or clinical degree with a suitable master’s degree.

Selection Process

A compelling personal statement, a letter of support from a senior authorized representative of the employing institution, and evidence of the ability to help the candidate and their home institution are requirements for acceptance.

How to Apply

Candidates who meet the requirements and are interested should apply by clicking the “Apply” button below.

Application Deadline: May 12, 2023


The AREF-MRC Towards Leadership Programme is an incredible opportunity for young African health researchers to advance their research careers.

Take advantage of the chance to participate in this impactful programme – apply now to secure your spot.

Please share this article with your friends.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Hey! Don't Miss This!

Be the first to get the latest scholarship updates to your email.

You have Successfully Subscribed!