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Royal Society Africa Prize and Rising Star Africa Prize

Royal Society Africa Prize and Rising Star Africa Prize

Nominations now open

The call for nominations is now open. Please refer to the Medals and Awards guidance notes (PDF) to check nominee eligibility.

Nominations close on Monday 15 February 2021 at 3pm GMT. Nominate now

The awards

The Royal Society Africa Prize is to recognise research scientists based in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the sciences. Winners will receive a grant of £15,000 to support their research. The medal is of bronze, awarded annually and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000. The prize was previously the Royal Society Pfizer Award which was last awarded in 2016.

The terms and conditions of the Royal Society Africa Prize (pdf) should be read before submitting a nomination.

The Royal Society Rising Star Africa Prize is to recognise early-career research scientists based in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the physical, mathematical and engineering sciences. The prize was established in memory of Paul O’Brien FRS and his work encouraging excellence in science and education in Africa. Winners will receive a grant of £14,000 to support their research and a personal gift of £1,000.

The terms and conditions of the Royal Society Rising Star Africa Prize (pdf) should be read before submitting a nomination.

Past winners

Dr Steven Runo will be awarded the Royal Society Africa Prize 2020 for elucidating pathways for long distance RNA trafficking between parasitic plants and their hosts and identifying and developing transgenic protocol for characterizing and validating candidate host and parasite genes.

Dr Henry Mwandumba was awarded the Royal Society Africa Prize 2019 for his novel work in description of the TB phagosome in HIV infected alveolar macrophages and his leadership in the College of Medicine in Malawi.

Dr Dorothy Yeboah-Manu was awarded the Royal Society Africa Prize 2018 for her contributions and innovative approaches to understanding Mycobacterium ulcerans and Mycobacterium africanum, combining microbiology, genetic studies and epidemiology in the areas of her work.

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