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Africa and Middle East Teaching Fund Initiative

UCL Global Engagement is delighted to announce a funding call to support UCL academics collaborating with higher education institutions in sub-Saharan Africa

Please note this funding call closed on 1 December 2021.

The Africa and Middle East Teaching Fund Initiative is now open for applications from UCL academics wishing to collaborate with higher education institutions in Africa. Given the continuing interruptions in travel to many African countries, we encourage both virtual and face-to-face projects. 

The funds aim to increase independent teaching capability in universities in Africa while deepening UCL’s engagement with partner institutions in the region. The call invites applications from all academic fields with the potential to improve engagement with partners. 


  • To support the increase of independent teaching capability and sharing of best practice in education between academics at UCL and partner institutions.
  • To support initiatives that have the potential to gain traction for larger funding
  • To kick-start a potential formal teaching collaboration.


  • Strength of the existing relationship or potential for advancing a new relationship with the partner. Applicants are encouraged to include a rationale and plan for how the partnership can potentially evolve into a sustainable collaboration.
  • Longer-term impact including potential for future collaboration, bidirectional teaching and capacity enhancement or substantial funding applications. Applications where funding would facilitate or accelerate an ongoing opportunity are particularly welcome.
  • The likelihood of achieving the intended outcome(s) and how this will contribute towards sustainable local solutions. Applicants are required to demonstrate that the proposed activity is locally relevant and driven, and has strong buy-in from the partner.

Examples of activity eligible for funding (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Delivering or developing an online module, MOOC, online short course or class overseas
  • Running a virtual practical course overseas
  • Series of webinars 
  • Offering virtual (or f2f) skills training for staff or students
  • Virtual practical demonstration of activities with/without possible collaborations with scientific equipment manufacturers
  • Designing video courses to demonstrate practical techniques, clinical techniques and/or diagnostic aids
  • Creating an online audio textbook in collaboration with an expert overseas
  • Running face-to-face group sessions, local restrictions permitting

Examples of eligible expenditure (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Room bookings + catering
  • Travel, including local travel for overseas participants 
  • Paying an external speaker or expert for a course
  • Paying trainers 
  • Equipment rental
  • Software licensing (as part of the wider application)
  • Paying for videography, communications, design etc 


You may apply for funding from £1,000 to £3,500 for your activity, to be spent before 31 July 2022. There is no maximum duration of each activity. However, some of the time spent must be dedicated to teaching activities and some to teaching capacity and enhancement.


  • UCL academic staff holding the position Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Associate Professor or Professor (or the clinical equivalent) are eligible to apply.
  • UCL researchers holding the position Research Associate and above are eligible to apply.
  • Staff holding honorary positions and PhD students are not eligible.


Proposals will be assessed by a selection panel from Global Engagement and academics from the network.

Call for proposals

21 October 2021

Deadline for application

1 December 2021

Apply now


Anna Brown
Administrative Assistant
Email: a.m.brown@ucl.ac.uk

Elinor Kruse
Senior Partnership Manager (Africa & Middle East)
Email: elinor.kruse@ucl.ac.uk

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