Nominations Open for African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence!

Deadline: 10 November 2017

The African Union Commission is currently inviting applicants for its African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence (AUKNASE) Continental Award 2017.

Objectives

The objectives of AUKNASE are to:

  • Award and honour outstanding African scientists for their achievements and discoveries in science, technology and innovation;
  • Promote scientific development in Africa through recognition of excellence among African scientists, women, men alike and younger researchers and encourage them to persevere in their research or academic careers, and nurture their ambitions;
  • Popularize and promote public understanding and participation in the realization of the African Union Agenda 2063, through the implementation of Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy3 for Africa, the Sustainable Development Goals and the AU Assembly decisions on science, technology and innovation;
  • Raise the profile of science and technology sector in African Union Member States and the Regional Economic Communities so that science, technology and innovation contribute to Africa’s sustainable development, poverty alleviation and integration efforts.

Award Information

Two Continental awards receiving each USD 100,000 of for pioneer scientists.

Focus Sectors

  • Life and Earth Science and innovation
  • Basic Science, Technology and Innovation

Eligibility Criteria

  • To be eligible for the African Union Scientific Awards nominees shall be African scientists who have made remarkable achievements, demonstrated by number and quality of their publications, number of trained research graduate students, applicability of the scientific work to Africa’s challenges, and its patentability. The award is intended to recognize those who demonstrate excellence in research of relevance to the developmental needs of the continent.
  • Only nationals of the African Union (AU) Member States are eligible to participate in these Awards;
  • Nominees shall be Africans residing in any of the AU member states and can be nominated only for achievements based on work conducted in an African country.
  • Application For The Continental Prize: Applicants should have nominees with a PhD degree, if the nominee is an Academic in a university must at least have a rank of Associate Professor. There is no age limit for this award. The nominee should meet at least four of the following:
    • Must have published in journals (at least 20 articles with impact factor greater than 1.0)
    • Must appear as senior/corresponding author in at least 15 of the 25 articles
    • Must have a minimum H-index of 25
    • Must have at least two international or four national patents registered
    • Must have supervised or co-supervised at least 10 PhD students
    • Must have won an international grant as a principal investigator
    • Must have written a review article in his/her field of specialization

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online via given website.

Eligible countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Cote d’Ivorie, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

For more information, please visit AUKNASE Continental Award.

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