ISNAD: Seeking Applications for Mentoring for Research Programme

Deadline: 22 December 2017

The International Support Network for African Development (ISNAD) is inviting applications from qualified and interested students (postgraduate and undergraduate) in African universities for the first cycle of its Mentoring for Research Programme (MRP).

The mission of this programme is to promote, support and improve the quality of academic and research on sustainable energy, environment and climate change in Africa.

The mentoring programme will help students (mentees) complement the supervisory support they will receive from their institution-based supervisors.


  • Participate in a six (6)-session multidisciplinary training, on Sustainable Energy, Environment and Climate Change (including soft skills), to be hosted by the Clean Energy Solution Center, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial operated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), United States
  • Be admitted for one-year one-to-one mentoring relationship with an experienced researcher or professional (with expertise in applicants area of research) from world-class organisations such as the World Bank, Harvard University, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Chatham House, and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) among others
  • Be supported by mentors to structure their research to be innovative, problem-solving, industry-relevant, and carried out to meet global standards
  • Be supported by ISNAD-Africa to communicate their research findings to relevant stakeholders in the global community, hence, creating visibility for their work and career opportunities

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants should be registered students in a university in Africa
    • Postgraduate Students:
      • Doctoral students
      • Master’s students should have made a minimum of Second Class (Upper Division) from their undergraduate programmes
    • Undergraduate Students should have outstanding academic records and possess Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) or grades equivalent to a First Class. Applicants with CGPA equivalent to a Second Class (Upper Division) will be accepted if they have demonstrated commitment to sustainable development
  • Successful applicants will be those who possess excellent research ideas aimed at solving a problem or an innovative approach on sustainable energy, environment or climate change
  • Applicants should be carrying out their research in 2018. (Please note that the research may be a new or ongoing research, however, priority will be given to research projects that are at their early stages)
  • Students from any discipline (Technology, Sciences, Arts, Law, Social Sciences, Environmental Design and Management, Agriculture, Health Sciences, ICT, among others) provided they will be conducting research on sustainable energy, environment or climate change topics in 2018.

How to Apply

Eligible applicants must download nomination form via given website.

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape 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 ISNAD.

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