Applications Open for 2019-2021 NEF Fellows Programme!


Deadline: 27 January 2019

Applicants are invited to apply for the 2019-2021 Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Fellows Programme. NEF is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

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The NEF Fellows is a select programme that recognises Africa’s best young scientists and technologists. These innovators and emerging leaders, at least 40 percent of whom are women, will have two main opportunities as a NEF Fellow:

  • Advance their scientific career. NEF Fellows have a unique platform to:
    • Present their work at the NEF Global Gathering in the presence of leading scientists, journalists, industries and business people from around the world.
    • Gain exposure to a global audience of approximately 100 million viewers and readers worldwide.
    • Draw upon the vast networks of NEF members and participants for support, connections, and counsel to advance their work.
    • Develop mentoring relationships with leading scientists, policymakers, industry representatives and civil-society leaders
  • Inspire the next generation of African innovators. NEF Fellows participate in campaigns and events to encourage young people to pursue scientific careers.

Benefits

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  • Attend the prestigious, invitation-only NEF Global Gathering 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya, in March 2020 alongside: Nobel Prize winners; experienced and emerging scientists; Heads of State; and representatives from leading global corporations and civil society organizations.
  • Attend the NEF Community of Scientists Annual Meeting and together with previous classes of fellows and ambassadors, finalize a work plan for the Community of Scientists.
  • A unique opportunity to present their research and showcase innovations as an example of the potential of young, exceptional scientific talent from Africa
  • Collaborate with, receive mentoring from, and partner with leading scientists, policy-makers, industry representatives and civil-society leaders, as well as other exceptional young African scientists.
  • A unique opportunity to be a part of the NEF Fellows Tour to an African country or participate in the NEF Visiting Scientist Programme to showcase their research project(s) and establish collaborations in your field
  • Contribute to the establishment of a positive global view of science in Africa
  • Application and programme participation are completely free

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

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  • Be 42 years of age or less as of 31 December, 2019
  • Hold a passport from an African country
  • Hold a PhD in a field of science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or the social sciences
  • Have a demonstrated track record of research/findings that have global impact
  • Applicants are passionate about raising Africa’s profile in STEM globally
  • Able to clearly present their work to an audience in English or French

Selection Criteria

  • (30%): Outstanding academic qualifications as measured by the standards of their particular academic discipline. Examples of notable achievements include:
    • Publication record
    • Prizes and other awards, such as distinguished fellowships or memberships in prestigious academic circles (for example, in high-ranking committees, bodies, academies, etc.)
    • Independently raised funding from outside sources in a competitive process
    • Number of patents
    • The type and number of invited talks at international conferences
  • (30%): Academic maturity and clear evidence of scientific potential and a distinct research profile and direction. Examples of this include being a leader of an independent research group
  • (20%): Relevance and impact – demonstrated commitment to advancing science and/or improving and impacting society, notably in Africa
  • (10%): Communication skills as demonstrated in the video submission
  • (10%): Other distinctive characteristics

How to Apply

Applicants can download the application form available on the given website.

For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2DJlb5X

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