Association of Commonwealth Universities Grants for Developing Countries 2022

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Academic Grants are open to early-career academics employed by ACU member universities, enabling them to participate in a conference held in a Commonwealth country other than their own.

About the Grant

The conference you must attend must be an academic conference recognized in a field relevant to the applicant’s area of expertise in a country other than the applicant’s country of employment.
Applicants must provide all the details of the conference chosen at the time of the request.

Applications will be reinforced by the applicant providing evidence of the presentation/acceptance of a document or poster, or other communication with the conference organizers.
A proof of delivery/acceptance on paper or other communication must be attached to the application form.

About ACU

The Association of Commonwealth Universities is an international organization dedicated to building a better world through higher education.

International collaboration is fundamental to this ambition: by bringing together universities around the world, and fundamentally the people who study and work within them, the ACU helps to advance knowledge, promote understanding, expand minds and improve lives

The ACU defends higher education as a cornerstone of stronger societies, supporting its members, partners, and stakeholders as they adapt to a changing world.


Association of Commonwealth Universities Grants is a proposed academic Grants made available by the Commonwealth

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  • At the time of application, applicants must be employed in an academic role by an ACU member institution.
  • Applications are open to university staff who are less than ten years from the start of their employment in an academic role.
  • Applicants must not have previously worked or attended an academic conference outside their home region.
  • Academic staff who have recently returned to work after a career break can also be considered: Applicants to whom this criterion applies should make this clear in their application.

Eligible Countries:

Students of the following countries are qualified to apply for Association of Commonwealth Universities Grants;

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia , Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo Democratic Republic of, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, East Timor, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea North, Korea South, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon,  Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia,

Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar(Burma), Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, The Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome, and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka,  Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad, and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan.

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Selection Criteria: 

Applicants can strengthen their application by providing evidence of the submission/acceptance of a paper or poster, or other communication with the conference organizers.

Applicants are required to complete four short personal statements, upload their conference proposal, and attach a letter of reference from their line manager or head of the department.

It is highly recommended that applicants attach this evidence to their application form.

Number of Awardees: 

The total number of Association of Commonwealth Universities Grants to be given is 30.

Value of Grants

The maximum amount of each grant is GBP 2,000. Grants can be used to cover travel and visa costs, conference fees, accommodation, and subsistence.

Duration of Grants: 

The Association of Commonwealth Universities grants must be used to participate in a conference between 1 July and 31 December annually.

Application Deadline:

The deadline for the application of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Early Career Academic Grants is March 31, 2022, at 11:59 pm (BST).

Apply here 

It is important to go through the Application requirements in the Grants Webpage before applying

Visit Grants Webpage for details

Award Provider: 

The provider of this award is the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Association of Commonwealth Universities – ACU Grants for Developing Countries 2022

What is ACU?

Association of Commonwealth Universities. It is the world’s oldest international network of universities and its mission is to promote and support excellence in higher education for the benefit of individuals and societies throughout the commonwealth and beyond.

What are the benefits of the Commonwealth?


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