The Junior Faculty Development program is the first program launched within the framework of the “Excellence in Africa” initiative. It will pair up early-stage professors in Africa with EPFL professors, providing funding for a jointly-designed research project over a period of 4 to 5 years. In the course of the project, the Africa-based professor will complete a secondment of up to one year in the laboratory of his/her colleague at EPFL.
The Junior Faculty Development program is designed to bring together talented and highly-educated early-stage professors in Africa with professors at EPFL striving for common goals: scientific excellence, the promotion of knowledge, and the wish to have a positive societal impact in Africa. The Junior Faculty Development program will thus lay the ground for successful careers in Africa and potentially lasting collaborations with EPFL.
- Must be employed or due to be hired by an African higher education institution
- Must have earned a PhD degree between 1st January 2011 and 31st March 2020
- Must have an outstanding research and publication track record
- Must submit a research project within the current domains of scientific or technological research activity at EPFL
Eligible costs include and are limited to:
- Personnel costs at the host institution of the applicant, but not the salary of the Junior Faculty grantee, who must be employed and payed by his/her African host institution
- Personnel costs for a maximum of CHF 200’000 for the full duration of the project for personnel employed on the research project in the laboratory of the EPFL professor
- Travel, including participation in conferences and workshops and travel linked to the collaboration
- Scientific equipment(s) and other infrastructure of durable value
- Research funds, including consumables, direct costs of infrastructure use, computing time and data access, publication costs, and justified expenses of third parties (subcontracting)
- A living allowance may be approved if there is a written official confirmation from the host institution in Africa that a living allowance for secondment at EPFL cannot be covered by the host institution
- No overheads are allowed for this program; instead, an amount of maximum CHF 20’000 per year can be dedicated to a defined project aimed at the betterment of the Junior Faculty grantee’s host institution
Africa-based early-stage professors are to apply on the online submission platform by 31st March 2020 (17:00 CET).
The candidates who receive the best grade and are successfully paired up with an EPFL professor will submit a full research proposal with their EPFL co-applicant by 10 August 2020 (17:00 CET).
Shortlisted applicants who are successfully matched with an EPFL professor will be notified by the end of May 2020 and invited to submit a full proposal for Stage 2.
Final decisions will be announced by the end of October 2020.