Applications are invited for Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) at University of Pretoria in South Africa. Scholarships are open for early- to mid-career African researchers in all disciplines including natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities.
The programme aims to grow mid-career African academics in the areas of thought leadership, team development, engagement and collaboration, with the intention of enabling them to solve the complex issues that face both Africa and the global community.
The ASLP is an initiative of the University of Pretoria in partnership with the Global Young Academy, funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. It serves early- to mid-career researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities.
Course Level: Scholarship is available to early- to mid-career researchers.
Study Subject: University invites applications from early- to mid-career researchers in all disciplines including natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities.
Scholarship Award: The training will cover:
- Core elements of collective leadership
- Creative and systems thinking
- Development of effective networks
- Stakeholder engagement for change
- Maximising the efficiency and impact of collaborative efforts
- Advanced dialogue and communication skills
Effective problem solving and decision making following the first training week, fellows will apply their skills to a focus area or project relevant to their context. As described above, projects will aim to contribute to a new paradigm for Africa science. During the year, participants will continue to engage with the group and have access to professional support. The costs incurred during the workshop (training, relevant travel, meals and accommodation) will be covered by the programme. In March 2018, fellows will complete their projects and present them at the second in-person training, which will consist of 3 days.
Scholarship can be taken in Pretoria (South Africa)
Eligibility: The following criteria are used as a guide for the nomination and selection of fellows:
- A PhD degree or equivalent qualification;
- A faculty or a continuing research position at a research institution;
- Active in research and teaching at an African institution of higher education or research;
- A sustained record of outstanding scientific outputs;
- Interest in translating and communicating the results of their work for impact in society;
- Demonstrated leadership ability in research and beyond;
- Interest in the role of research in addressing complex issues affecting society;
- Interest in collaborations across disciplines and sectors (e.g. industry, government, etc.);
- Commitment to participate in all the activities of the fellowship; and
- Intent to share what is learned in the programme with their broader networks.
Nationality: African applicants are eligible to apply for this programme.
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualification.
English language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.
How to Apply: All applicants have to provide two support letters by academic referees (details are provided in the application form). One of the two referees has to commit to be involved in future communications and mentorship in case of selection of the applicant into the programme. This referee will be informed about the progress of the fellow and should be willing to support the fellow if he or she requires it.
Application Deadline: Scholarship application deadline is December 16, 2016.