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The Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant (JWO Research Grant) was established to honour the late Mrs Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer and continue her extensive contribution to and passion for Africa, the environment, and science.

Applications close 28 April 2023

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JWO Grant: Top tips for researchers

Join this webinar for insights into the criteria and application requirements for the Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer (JWO) annual research grant.

Dr Le Roux

Congratulations to our 2022 JWO Research Grant Recipient, Dr Elizabeth le Roux

Our Top 6 Finalists

The six finalists who are in line to win this year’s $150 000 USD Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant have been selected. The top three will be announced on August 31, during the OGRC Tipping Points webinar which will host a discussion between the finalists on their research objectives in the context of the range of pressing environmental issues facing Africa.

Register here to join the webinar.

Dr Alice Karanja

Dr Alice Karanja

Mainstreaming Neglected and Underutilized Crop Species for Food and Livelihood Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa (NUSRE).

Dr Bridget Bobadoye

Dr Bridget Bobadoye

Rapid surveillance of re-emerging zoonotic diseases as bio-security threats along the African great green wall borderlines: Implications for one health approach in Africa.


Dr Sivuyisiwe Situngu

Soil micro-organism response to global climate change drivers..

Dr Tiwonge Ivy Mzumara-Gawa

Dr Tiwonge Ivy Mzumara-Gawa

Inclusive freshwater pollution monitoring using bacteria and fish-based biomarkers to determine ecosystem health.

Dr Elizabeth le Roux

Dr Elizabeth le Roux

Cattle corridors: Aligning ecological processes and local livelihoods.

Dr Peta Brom

Dr Peta Brom

Spatial patterns of urban nature in the Savanna Region.

Application Timeline

20 March 2023
Online applications open
30 March 2023
Q&A Webinar
28 April 2023
at 00:00 (SAST)
Online applications close
5 July 2023
Full proposal invitation:
3 August 2023
at 00:00 (SAST)
Full proposals Due
ORC Conference 4-6 October 2023
Successful grant recipient awarded

Previous Winners


Dr Elizabeth Le Roux

Cattle corridors - aligning ecological processes and local livelihoods.

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2021 Recipient

Dr Gideon Idowu

Microplastics and plastic-derived chemical contaminants in Africa: Implication on human health and the loss of aquatic biodiversity

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