African Academy of Sciences: Rewarding Individuals and Scientists for their Excellence!

Deadline: 31 March 2016

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is seeking applications for its fellowship program from individuals who have excelled in their fields of expertise as fellows. The academy also gives prizes to recognize scientists who have contributed to developing their fields in Africa.

The AAS is the only continental academy in Africa, enjoying the support and recognition of NEPAD and the African Union as well as several governments and major international partners. These bodies also recognize the think-tank functions of the academy and its increasing role in setting the research agenda for the future development of the continent.

Mission

The AAS mission is to serve:

  • as an honorific society with the primary function of honoring African science and technology achievers
  • as a development-oriented mobiliser of the entire African science and technology community with the fundamental role of facilitating the development of scientific and technological capacity for science-led development in Africa, promoting excellence and relevance in doing so.

Focus Areas

  • Climate Change
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Food Security and Nutritional Wellbeing
  • Sustainable Energy

Fellowship Categories

  • Fellows are Africans who may live in or outside the continent and are elected by AAS fellows based on achievements that include their publication record, innovations, leadership roles and contribution to policy.
  • Associate fellows are non-Africans who have contributed to the development of science on the continent.
  • Honorary fellows are eminent members of society who have helped the AAS to achieve its goals.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit African Academy of Sciences.

Conference : Development Of The African Common Position (APC)/AIDS Accountability International (AAI)

Deadline- 24th February 2013

AIDS Accountability International (AAI), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Population Commission (APC) are inviting submission/participation  from individuals, government representatives, civil society organisations (CSOs) and community based organisations (CBOs) based in Africafor greater African civil society organization representation in the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).

The project’s objective is to develop an African Common Position Paper on ICPD which reflects and includes the perspectives, recommendations and expertise of African stakeholders.

Requirement-

  • The draft document attached is the result of two community consultation meetings held in late 2012 in Johannesburg and Dakar, where forty African experts gave  input with which have created the skeleton of this document.
  • Then more experts are needed on selected fields to fill in the rest of the “meat” of the document. So its compulsory to read attached documents.
  • Recommendations are required on field of expertise, and to comment on existing content. This is so that they have a document which honestly and completely reflects the opinions of all African stakeholders.

Eligibility & Criteria-

  • Responses will be accepted in all the AUC languages (English, French, Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili).
  • Only individuals, government representatives, civil society organisations (CSOs) and community based organisations (CBOs) based in Africa may respond to this document. Respondents must also be of African origin. We cannot accept submissions from individuals from other regions who currently work and live in Africa.
  • Applicants name, the name of organization, telephone and location should be included in their email so that Organizations are able to acknowledge applicant’s organisation and determine whether applicant and their organisation fit the inclusion criteria.

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African Applicants are invited to apply for 2014 Intake in PhDs for Agriculture

Deadline- 31 March 2013

Australian Government is now accepting applications form African applicants for 2014 PhD program in Agriculture with full supporting documents.

The research topics of successful applicants will demonstrate a contribution to improving food security in Africa through increasing agricultural productivity, improving rural livelihoods through functioning of markets and trade and/or building the resilience of communities most vulnerable to food insecurity. In addition, topics should ideally demonstrate relevance to the research or development objectives of one or more of the research partnerships being funded by Australia in Africa: (ACIAR, including the Sustainable Intensification of Maize and Legumes project with SIMLESA; CSIRO – CORAF; CSIRO – BecA and the Australian International Food Security Centre).

Scholarships cover airfares to Australia, tuition fees, medical cover, a living allowance and a return airfare to the awardee’s country of citizenship/residence in Africa in order to carry out fieldwork/research, a contribution to In-Africa research costs, and yearly reunion airfares (where applicable).

Eligibility & Criteria-

  • Applicants are a citizen of one of the following eligible African countries
  • Applicants have a current offer from an Australian university for admission to a PhD program. Applicants must provide a copy of the placement offer with their application.
  • Applicants satisfy the minimum eligibility criteria for Australian Development Scholarships, including meeting Australian tertiary institution entry requirements. In most cases this will require that candidates possess a qualification that is assessed to be the equivalent to an Australian Masters degree and be able to demonstrate a capacity to undertake independent research.
  • A minimum of two years relevant post-Masters work experience relevant to applicant’s proposed field of study is preferred.
  • People with a disability are encouraged to apply
  • Women are encouraged to apply
  • English proficiency of a standard at least equivalent to IELTS 6.5 is required

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Moremi Initiative’s Leadership Development(MILEAD) Fellowship program 2013 For Women

Deadline- March 15, 2013

Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa (Moremi Initiative) is seeking applications for Moremi Leadership Empowerment and Development (MILEAD) Fellowship Program.

The MILEAD Fellows Program is a long-term leadership development program designed to identify, develop and promote emerging young African Women leaders to attain and thrive in leadership in their community and Africa as a whole. The program targets dynamic young women interested in developing transformational leadership skills that help them address issues facing women and girls across communities in Africa. The MILEAD Program equips Fellows with the world class knowledge, skills, values and networks they need to succeed as 21st century women leaders. Applications are welcome from young African women ages19 – 25, living in Africa and the Diaspora.

Eligibility & Criteria-

  • Applicant be a young African woman (between 19 and 25 years of age)
  • Demonstrate leadership potential and promise
  • Show track record of interest in service to the community
  • Demonstrate high academic potential- with ability to participate in vigorous under-graduate level program
  • Have a working knowledge of the English language
  • Outstanding personal qualities, including openness to interpersonal and multicultural experiences

How to apply?

Applications are available online or requested via email. Completed application forms must be submitted along with two recommendation letters and a CV. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted by email.

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The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) PhD Fellowships 2013

Deadline- April 15, 2013

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) offers funding for PhD research fellowships in the fields of public and population health or to sexuality studies.

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is an initiative of nine African universities, four African research institutes, and selected northern partners. CARTA offers an innovative model for doctoral training in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen the capacity of participating institutions to conduct and lead internationally-competitive research.

CARTA aims to achieve reforms in higher education by-

  • Assisting universities to develop enriching and vibrant academic and research environments
  • Supporting promising African scholars who teach at affiliated universities to obtain high-quality doctoral training in public and population health-related fields.

Eligibility

  • A Masters degree in a relevant field
  • Prior admission into a PhD program is not required for application but awards are contingent on such admission being obtained at one of the participating African universities
  • Applicants for this program must be teaching or research staff at one of the participating African institutions and should be committed to contributing towards building capacity at their institutions
  • Applicants’ PhD research proposal must be related to public and population health or to sexuality studies
  • Fellowships are only open to people who have not yet registered for a PhD or are in the very early stages (first year) of the PhD program
  • Applicants must commit to participation in all four annual residential Joint Advanced Seminars (JAS), and to engage
  • in inter-seminar activities designed to keep fellows actively engaged and in continual communication with peers and mentors.
  • Male applicants must be under the age of 40 years and female applicants under the age 45 years

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Multiple Vacancies : Consultants Required at UN Habitat

Deadline: 15 Feb 2013

UN Habitat has invited applications from eligible and deserving applicants for the building a roster of consultants of – Land and Natural Resources Tenure Experts for various projects and initiatives particularly those with substantial experience in the developing countries like in Africa.

It is intended that the roster will also be shared with other global/regional initiatives including with: the Land Policy Initiative for Africa, a joint programme of the tripartite consortium constituted by the African Union Commission, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank; International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and supported projects and programmes particularly in Africa and to other fifty (50) Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) international partner-organisations (see www.gltn.net for the list of partners and other information).

Specific Areas of Expertise

GLTN is searching, but not limited to, the following related expertise: 1. Land and natural resources tenure security, 2. Land and natural resource management, 3. Land and natural resources policy, 4. Pro-poor land administration solutions, 5.Mapping land and natural resources rights, 6. Women’s access to land and tenure security, 7. Land and water governance and t tenure rights, 8. Group rights tenure and customary, 8.Inclusive business model for small scale farmers and investors, 9. Knowledge management and research on land and natural resources and 10. Tool and capacity development for tenure security improvement.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: The candidate must possess an advanced University degree in the field of social sciences, natural resources management, land administration/management, economics or any other relevant field.

Work experience:

• At least 5 years of experience related to improving land and natural resources tenure rights of the poor and women in developing countries. Experience in Africa is preferable;

• Experience on research, knowledge management and capacity development is essential;

• Experience on programme management is desirable;

• Team working ability and flexibility;

• Previous working experience in United Nations and/or other international development organizations is preferred;

Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Excellent proficiency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of French language is an advantage.

Submission of Interests:

Interested individuals should send (email preferred) their expressions of interest [email protected] They should include:

• A Motivation Letter – highlighting their qualifications and specifying their related expertise (see above)

• Curriculum Vitae with a list of referees with contact details/numbers

Upon receipt, the submission of interests will be properly acknowledged. African experts or consultants especially women are encouraged to apply.

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Apply now for Cambridge Africa Partnership for Research Excellence (CAPREx) project/ Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships

Deadline- January 6, 2013

Carnegie Corporation of New York in partnership with the Makerere University and the University of Cambridge offers funding for  Cambridge Africa Partnership for Research Excellence (CAPREx) Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships.

The project is focused (among others) on developing post-doctoral academic excellence in biological sciences and engineering (for UG) and the social sciences and humanities (for Mak). It also intends to build upon Cambridge’s existing collaborations with both universities to enhance their research excellence and promote the recruitment and retention of the brightest academic staff at these institutions.

The focus of the CAPREx programme will be on research training/mentorship/collaboration relevant to Ghana and Uganda, which is where the research projects will largely be carried out. CAPREX fellowships will, however, allow for an average of four months (ranging from 1 to 6 months) to be spent at the University of Cambridge. Fellowships will include travel (to be arranged from Cambridge) and subsistence costs (£1,700 per month) for the agreed duration of stay in the UK. Funds will also be allocated for each CAPREX fellow to attend one international conference, ideally in Europe or North America. CAPREx fellows will also be eligible to apply for an ‘Alborada Research Fund’ (available at the University of Cambridge to be awarded to Cambridge-Africa researchers on a needs basis, with awards ranging from £1,000 to £20,000 per application).

Eligibility-

  • Fellowships are open to all PhD-holding members of staff of the African partner universities in Ghana and Uganda. However, preference will be given to researchers who completed their PhDs less than 10 years ago (early career fellows), or 10 to 20 years ago (mid-career fellows). Part-time staff can be considered, if they provide evidence of being research active. They should be interested in focusing on a research career long-term.
  • Applicants must be from the subject areas specified above, for each African university.
  • Female staff is strongly encouraged to apply for these fellowships.

For more information, visit this link

Akili Dada Fellowship Program for Young African Women

The Akili Dada Fellowship program is an opportunity for African women to design and implement solutions to the challenges faced by their communities.

These one-year fellowships (renewable for up to 3 years) will be awarded to young women leaders between the ages of 17-35 who are driving transformative change in their communities and are looking to grow their projects to scale and sustainability.

Akili Dada fellows will benefit from a modest stipend for the duration of the fellowship, a series of seminars from experts in the field, site visits to successful social entrepreneurship organizations, an assigned mentor, access to the Akili Dada network of funding partners and social change agents, and access to Akili Dada’s office facilities. By the completion of the program we expect fellows to possess the skills and resources required to lead a strong, healthy, sustainable, and accountable organization that is bringing about measureable social change.

Qualification Requirements:

  1. Be a woman between the ages of 17-35.
  2. Be from an economically disadvantaged background.
  3. Demonstrate previous leadership initiative and experience.
  4. Be implementing or in the process of conceptualizing a social change project aimed at providing a solution to an identified challenge in their community. (3 page proposal expected with the application)
  5. Demonstrate that they have deep roots in the communities they seek to transform.

The deadline to submit applications is 15 January 2013. For more information, visit this link.

DRL Request for Proposals on Disability for African and MENA Countries

The United States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) has announced a request for proposals from organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that promote democracy, human rights, and rule of law for countries in Africa and MENA.

DRL’s objective is to increase the organizational capacities of disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) to broaden civil society participation in, and support to, government efforts to implement and monitor implementation of the CRPD.  This should also compliment and work with the African Union’s Decade of Disabilities, led by the African Union Department for Social Affairs.

A Rights-Based Approach to Disability Inclusion in Africa. (Approximately $500,000 available for a two year program). DRL’s objective is to increase the organizational capacities of disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) to broaden civil society participation in, and support to, government efforts to implement and monitor implementation of the CRPD.  This should also compliment and work with the African Union’s Decade of Disabilities, led by the African Union Department for Social Affairs.

DRL seeks proposals to increase the ability of DPOs to play a greater role in advocating for their rights.  The successful proposal will adopt a rights-based approach to advocacy by DPOs on behalf of persons with disabilities leading to greater civil and political participation by individuals with disabilities.

Empowerment and Protection of Persons with Disabilities in the Near East.  DRL seeks proposals for one Middle East/North Africa regional program in two – three countries focused on elections, targeting disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) in order to better include them in the political and legislative processes

Deadline: 11 January 2013.

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Akili Dada young women leadership Program 2013

Deadline- 15th January, 2013

Young women leaders/Fellows are encouraged to apply for Innovation in Leadership Program to engaged in social change projects of their design.  The program serves as an incubator providing financial, intellectual, mentoring, and networking resources to young women as they grow their projects to scale and sustainability.  These fellowships were created in direct response to the absence of African women among the ranks of those celebrated in existing social entrepreneurship incubators.

The  goal of the program is to build the capacity of some of the continent’s most innovative young women changemakers to drive solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing African society.

Under the re-designed program, fellowship selection is now based on the strength of a candidate’s social change project, previous leadership initiative and experience, willingness to learn from peers and more experienced mentors, and a willingness to share their own skills with peers and intended beneficiaries. Selection is not necessarily based on past academic performance, as a strategic aim to invest even in those young women who have not previously had access to formal education.

Akili Dada Fellows benefit from a modest stipend to sustain themselves for the duration of the fellowship, a series of seminars from experts in the field and site visits to successful social change organizations; an assigned mentor; access to the Akili Dada network of funding partners and social change agents; and access to Akili Dada’s office facilities. By the completion of the fellowship the Fellow is expected to be leading a strong, sustainable and accountable initiative that is bringing about measurable social change.

Eligibility-

  • African women from poor backgrounds between the ages of 17-35 are eligible to apply.
  • Be from an economically disadvantaged background.
  • Demonstrate previous leadership initiative and experience.
  • Be implementing or in the process of conceptualizing a social change project aimed at providing a solution to an identified challenge in their community. (3 page proposal expected with the application)
  • Demonstrate that they have deep roots in the communities they seek to transform

Applicants are expected to submit the following-

  • Complete Application Form
  • A proposal that answers all the questions included in the application form.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation from individuals well acquainted with applicant, applicant’s commitment to social change work, applicant’s demonstrated leadership initiative and experience, and applicant’s connection to the community where applicant intend to implement their fellowship project

Countries/Region- Africa

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