• June 10 - October 11, 2024
  • Fully Funded
  • Randjesfontein Cricket Pavilion, Midrand
Call for Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant 2024 is open!
The Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant (JWO Research Grant) is a member of Oppenheimer Generations, a diverse community of commercial ventures and not-for-profit organisations representing the global interests of the Nicky and Jonathan Oppenheimer family.
Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer’s love for the African continent began in the mid-90s  when she moved to Zimbabwe with Jonathan Oppenheimer. In 1999 they moved to South Africa and she embraced it as her home. Her philanthropic interests first started with health and education, however, as she began to understand the challenges that South Africa, Africa and the world faced, the environment took centre stage and became a significant part of her focus and passion.
Sustainable ecology became a central theme in her efforts to understand how a sustainable environment can be created where man and the environment can exist and live for generations.
The JWO Research Grant was founded in her honour. The grant aims to continue her contribution to and passion for Africa, the environment, and pioneering science. The purpose of the grant is to support early-career scientists that are conducting impactful research that will provide solutions to some of Africa’s most pressing problems.




  • A grant of $150,000 will be awarded to one successful applicant.
  • The grant will support a research project or programme for up to three years (previously funded research not eligible).


The lead applicant should be:

  • An early career scientist: Applicant must already hold a PhD degree and should have no more than seven years of work and/or research experience post-degree (excluding time taken for family responsibilities).
  • Have strong links to a credible African institution: The institution should have a proven ability to manage to fund and subscribes to good financial grant practice and can be any of the following: academic institution, research institution, government institution, NGO, for-profit organisation . Furthermore, the proposed research should be focused on or in Africa.
  • No late submissions will be considered.
  • Previously funded research not eligible.
  • All pre-proposal and full-proposal applications will be reviewed by the JWO Research Grant Expert Panel, a distinguished panel comprised of internal and external members with significant experience across academia, Africa, research and environmental science. All applications will be reviewed and scored in accordance with the grant criteria.
  • Please note, that no feedback will be provided on  applications and the  panel’s decision is
Eligible Regions: Open for Africa

Application Process


Applicants’ proposals must demonstrate a strong link to biodiversity and conservation

    • Advances the frontiers of knowledge within the chosen field
    • Facilitates solutions to African challenges: The research should try and solve an African challenge that occurs in more than one geography and is scalable to other areas. The research should include multiple research sites
    • Demonstrates innovative methodologies and approaches
    • Exhibits scientific rigour and excellence
    • Contributes to human capital development (e.g. mentorship, support, and professional development opportunities) for the next generation of researchers.
    • Incorporates a holistic perspective and involves inter-and multi-disciplinary collaboration with partners (preference intra-African) to leverage time, expertise, skills, materials, and resources and reduce duplication
    • Articulates the potential to create impact both during and beyond the grant period
    • Displays knowledge of associated recent or ongoing work on the continent.
    • Defines a clear plan for disseminating research outcomes both inside and outside the scientific community
    • Endeavours to open access publications (popular and scientific
    • Does not present unacceptable ethical or safety risk

Application Deadline: May 3, 2024

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For further information or queries regarding the JWO Research Grant, please send an email to [email protected]
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