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Opportunities for funding

Under the MAC program, VREF has a number of opportunities available for researchers and practioners with interest in the area of sustainable and equitable mobility and access in sub-Saharan African cities.

The following opportunities are available through VREF:

  • Grants for comparative research projects
  • MAC Mobility Grants
  • Lee Shipper Memorial Scholarship

Call for Proposals: Skills & Tools, Academic short Courses 2022 - Open until 15 February, 2022

Do you want to contribute to strengthening capacity and skills among the next generation of scholars in urban transport and mobility? This Call presents a potential opportunity for you to teach academic skills & tools short courses for young scholars in sub-Saharan Africa.

Through this call VREF invites applications for grants to support developing and carrying out new university-based short courses that will be implemented under the VREF programme “Mobility and Access in African Cities” (MAC).

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MAC Mobility Grants

VREF invites researchers, Ph.D. students and advanced master students from Sub-Saharan African (SSA) universities to apply for a MAC Mobility Grant to support a visit to another SSA university with up to SEK 25 000. The MAC Mobility Grant provides support for researchers, teachers or advanced students to undertake short visits (approximately 2-4 weeks) in order to work with researchers/teachers/students in another research environment within sub-Saharan Africa. While this grant is open for both senior and junior researchers, a special budget is earmarked for younger researchers.

The invitation to apply for grants 2022 will be open until October 31, 2022. In 2022, the VREF Secretariat will handle applications at four occasions with the following closing dates: January 31, May 15, August 15 and October 31. The applicant will be informed of the VREF decision within two weeks after each closing date.

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Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship

The Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency awards exceptional candidates a maximum of $10,000 each to advance transformative research in efficient and sustainable transport. One scholarship in 2020 will be dedicated to the support of a young researcher from the African continent.


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Skills and Tools Academic Short Courses 2022 Pdf, 814.7 kB. (Pdf, 814.7 kB)

This Call is an opportunity for scholars and teachers in sub-Saharan Africa to make a
concrete contribution to strengthening the academic skills of next generation African researchers in fields related to urban transport and mobility

Deadline: 15 February 2022


The VREF invites PhD students and researchers in early stages of their career to apply for a Study Visit Grant to be supported with up to SEK 30 000.

MOBILITY GRANT 2022- MAC-MG 2022 Pdf, 447.1 kB. (Pdf, 447.1 kB)

The VREF invites PhD students and advanced master students from Sub-Saharan African (SSA) universities to apply for a Mobility Grant (MG) to support a visit to another SSA university with up to SEK 25 000.

CALL FOR NOMINATION FOR the Håkan Frisinger Award for Excellence in Transportation Research

The VREF invites universities located in Sweden to nominate candidates for The Håkan Frisinger Award (Håkan Frisingers pris till framstående transportforskare) and apply for a VREF Visiting Researcher Grant for the nominated candidate.

Closed on 2022-03-03.

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Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarships for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency targets supporting the momentum of Lee Schipper’s contribution to the international policy dialogue in these fields.

This yearly award is aimed at supporting young individual researchers and students in is pursuance.

Call deadline: March 1, 2021 .


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This Meeting of the Minds' blog monthly releases interviews of global transportation researchers from the VREF's Future Urban Transport Program Network.


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About VREF

The Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) inspires, initiates and supports research and educational activities through the Future Urban Transport Programme - How to deal with the complexity of urban transport (FUT). 

Our Vision: Sustainable transport for equitable access in urban areas


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