What we do Fellowships Fellowships Our flagship programme – the Research Development Fellowships – has supported 46 health researchers with placements at world-class research institutions across Africa and Europe. These awards enable early-career postdoctoral researchers to pursue three to nine-month placements at a research institution of their choice. Find out more about our fellows. The AREF Research Development Fellowship is now OPEN for applications (closing date 23 September 2021). Find out about our selection process.