2022 Royal Society Africa Prize for early-career research scientists.

 The Royal Society Africa Prize is to recognise research scientists based in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the sciences. 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 Royal Society Africa Prize is open to African citizens.
  • There are no restrictions on career stage and nominations will remain valid and shall be considered by the award selection committee throughout three nomination cycles.

Selection Criteria

  • The Prize is intended for researchers at an early stage of their research career with the potential to build a research project to follow on from the prize.
  •  The research must be based in Africa.
  •  The Prize will make a grant of £15,000, including VAT where applicable, to the Recipient for a research project and £2,000 as a personal prize for the Recipient.
  •  The Recipients must notify the Royal Society of any change in their status or location.
  •  The Recipients will also be awarded a specially struck commemorative medal and they are expected to receive the Prize in person at a ceremony at the Royal Society, except in exceptional circumstances such as ill-health.
  •  Nominations can be made by senior academics and members of the national academies of science.
  •  The project and nominee should be linked with an African centre of excellence, which would normally be a University, or equivalent research centre.
  •  Normally the Prize is given to an individual who has not yet reached full Professorship status.
  •  Nominators are required to submit two referees for the nominee. These will be requested once nominations have closed and are shared with the relevant selection committee.
  •  Referees should be as independent as possible – i.e. not from the same department, nor have published/ collaborated together with the nominee in the last 5 years. The referees should also not be a member of the relevant selection committee nor the Council of the Royal Society.

Application Deadline: 25 February 2022 at 3pm GMT.

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