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We are recruiting active scientists on a rolling basis to join our College of Experts as peer reviewers. We are looking for mid/senior-level researchers with approximately 5 – 10 years postdoctoral research experience relevant to Africa’s human health challenges. 

We seek to attract excellent scientists from all disciplines relevant to achieving better human health and from all roles, whether based in a lab, a clinic or in the community.

We are especially keen to recruit African scientists working in the continent or overseas, who have a demonstrable track record of research, including in project leadership, researcher supervision, mentorship and international collaboration. 

Commitment to bringing on a new generation of potential research leaders in Africa is essential. 


  • The primary role of members of the College of Experts is to advise on the quality of applications for our Research Development Fellowships and to provide constructive feedback for the applicants. 
  • From time to time, we will also ask members to help select applicants to attend our training courses and offer interested members the chance to participate as a mentor and facilitator in one of our programmes. 
  • AREF is committed to a College of Experts that is well-balanced in terms of gender, diversity of research disciplines and nationality. We especially welcome applications from francophone and lusophone regions, who are proficient in English and understand specific sub-regional health challenges. 


Typically, a College of Expert reviewer might be asked to contribute a couple of days to review 4-5 fellowship applications – which may include participating in a formal on-line panel meeting and reviewing 1-2 Seed Fund applications. We may also ask you to score short applications for our training programmes.  

If you would like to apply please do the following: 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by an expert panel to ensure new members meet the membership criteria. We are happy to receive submissions at any time during the year.