($5,000 grant) Congo Basin Grant Program 2018 for African graduate students & early career professionals

Application Deadline: June 10th, 2018.

Aspire Grant Program invited young African  graduate  and young entrepreneurs to Apply for  this year edition of Aspire Grant Program.

What is  Aspire Grant Program?

The Aspire Grant Program is a  competitive research grants of up to $5,000 USD for African graduate  and young entrepreneurs working in the areas of biodiversity, conservation and environmental sustainability in the Congo Basin region.

         Why the Congo Basin?

Congo Basin which harbors     estimated 20% of all known species of plants and animals are affected mostly by climatic changes due to habitat conversion, mineral extraction, forest degradation and deforestation. Scientists  suggest rainfall patterns will change dramatically and 50% of African mammals are at risk of extinction if the rise in mean global temperature exceeds 3°C, an increase predicted to occur by the end of the century (IPCC 2014). Furthermore, impacts from severe water and food scarcity, environmental deterioration, agricultural pests, emerging human diseases, and climate change impede the development of constructive and sustainable conservation solutions. To meet these challenges, Central Africa desperately needs a new generation of environmental and conservation experts .

CARN funded  the Aspire Grant Program in 2014 to support and promote  young African scientists to conduct novel conservation research and management activities that address the critical challenges facing wildlife, biodiversity and ecosystem health in the Congo Basin. . This  small research grants will encourage and provide a means for young Africans to remain engaged in their research and stay in their  countries to practice their trades .


  • Citizens of one of the following countries: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Uganda.
  • 35 years of age or younger Enrolled in a graduate program or hold a professional position.

Apply today 

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