Research Permits

CBI staff can assist international researchers with obtaining permits to conduct field research in Cameroon. Researchers should begin the process of applying for research permits approximately eight weeks before they plan to travel to Cameroon. This is normally done through the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation (MINRESI) or through a partner in Cameroon at a university or research institution. Obtaining permits in advance is strongly recommended and will allow you to begin your research when you arrive in country.

The Ministry of Scientific Research and Technological Innovation requires that researchers work with a Cameroonian researcher or scholarand establish affiliations with partners in local academic or research institutions in Cameroon to obtain research permits. Permit applications require the names and academic titles of individuals and/or institutions that will serve as local partners. The permit application must be submitted to the office of the Minister of Scientific Research and Innovation by your in-country research partner.

With assistance with permits contact: cbi.bastos@gmail.com for more information. If you require assistance in identifying local collaborators and other logistical support contact Dr. Kevin Njabo at kynjabo@ucla.edu.

Procedures

Procedures to acquire a research permit from the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation, Cameroon

Paperwork needed

  • A filled 2014_Application-Form with one fiscal stamp to be filled by each member of the team if applicable. Fiscal stamps can be obtained from the Cameroon Department of Treasury in the Ministry of Finance
  • A new C.V. form to be filled by applicant
  • Need to provide a name of a Cameroonian graduate student
  • Professor or researcher or assistant in Cameroon who is doing the same study as the visiting professor/researcher.
  • A release form to participate in the study, signed by the Dean of Studies for the national student. Must also be signed by the national student.
  • Proof of current enrollment by national student (school fee receipts, student ID, etc.).
  • Note from Director of the Congo Basin Institute authorizing Cameroonian professor/researcher to work with the CBI.

Estimated cost to obtain a research permit from MINRESI

  • 1,000 FCFA for one fiscal stamp to be attached to the application addressed to the Minister of Scientific Research and Innovation
  • 10,000 FCFA for 10 fiscal stamps to be attached to the permit request
  • 2,000 FCFA for six  4cm x 4cm photos
  • Cost of photocopies – to be determined

When to apply for research permits

Researchers should begin the process of applying for research permits approximately six weeks before they plan to travel to Cameroon. This can be done directly through MINRESI (by a contact in Cameroon) or through a partner in Cameroon at a university or research institution. Doing this in advance will make it possible to begin your research project when you arrive in the country.

Requirements regarding institutional affiliations with local partners

Researchers must establish affiliations with partners in local academic or research institutions in Cameroon to obtain research permits. Permit applications require the names and academic titles of individuals and/or institutions that will serve as local partners. Since there are so many foreign research projects conducted in Cameroon, the Ministry of Scientific Research and Technological Innovation requires that researchers work with a Cameroonian researcher or scholar. The permit application must be submitted to the office of the Minister of Scientific Research and Innovation by your in-country research partner.

The CBI can assist researchers in recruiting local partners and obtaining permits. If you need assistance, email Kevin Njabo at kynjabo@ucla.edu. Researchers will need to provide their timeline, research topic and planned research site, as well as the paperwork described above.