Call for Applications: Sparrow Early Career Researcher Grant 2022

Deadline: September 30, 2022

People working in the domains of the environment/climate change, mind/mental health, and reproductive health are eligible for the Sparrow Early Career Researcher Grant 2022. All you need to do is write a digest that can be understood by the average reader in three minutes. They supply the topic, the research, and the format; you supply the information.

With Sparrow, anyone who wants to learn new information may access it at a reasonable price. Their professionals compile the most recent scientific data into digestible newsletters that you can read for free. They have a library of 300+ easily understandable summaries sourced from over 50,000 scientific journals.


  • The Grant is $500 USD for the winner and a paid commission for the Finalists.


  • Open to Ph.D. students and PostDoc researchers whose area of research matches the topic areas.
  • Your research field covers:
    • Environment/Climate Change/Related solutions in food security, conservation, and energy
    • Mind/Mental Health/Psychology
    • Reproductive health


To win the $500 Grant, you need to pick a topic from the ones listed (or get in touch to suggest one) and follow these general guidelines:

  • Keep it short and relevant to Sparrow’s lay audience (850 words max.)
  • Based on a ‘main’ research paper that is linked below (or another relevant topic pre-approved by their editor submissions@sparrow.science)
  • Sum it up with “In 10 seconds?” at a high level
  • Aim for 7-8 paragraphs in a Question & Answer format (essential to be considered)
  • Imagine you are talking to a skeptical friend who is probing you
  • Provide inline links to the ‘main paper’ and high-quality research papers supporting your statements (1-2 per paragraph)
  • Critically assess the quality of the evidence
  • Explain the practical application and what can be expected in the future
  • Round it up with interesting details about the topic


Valid applications considered for the Grant consist of details of the applicant, a summary based on 1 topic listed on the How It Works page and submitted in the application period in the format of a Sparrow Digest.

Click here to apply

Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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