Science by Women Programme: Promoting African Women’s Leadership in Scientific Research

Deadline: 20 September 2017

The Women for Africa Foundation (FMxA) is seeking applications for its 3rd Edition of Science by Women Programme with the aim to promote African women’s leadership in scientific research and technology transfer and to foster the capacity of the research centres in their home countries.

The main goal is to enable African women researchers and scientists to tackle the great challenges faced by Africa through research in Health and biomedicine, agriculture and food security, water, energy and climate change,  mathematics, Information and Communication Technologies as well as Economic Sciences.

The Science by Women programme will fund a total of 10 six-month visiting senior research fellowships for ten experienced African women researchers in any of the following international research centres of excellence based in Spain.

Research Areas

  • Health and Bio-medicine
  • Energy, Water and Climate Change
  • Agriculture and Food Safety
  • Mathematics, Information and Communication Technologies
  • Economic Science


Successful candidates will have access to the following benefits:

  • Flight from their centre of origin to the host institution and back
  • Living allowance of 2.400 Euros gross per month to cover accommodation, personal expense and health and occupational accident insurance coverage.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Being a woman
  • Nationality of an African country.
  • PhD with at least 3 years of post-doctoral professional experience
  • Contractual relationship with a university or a public or private non-profit organization based in Africa dedicated to significant scientific research in the areas indicated
  • Excellent academic record and proven track of relevant research experience
  • Solid working knowledge of English
  • Proven experience leading a research group

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted in English 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 Science by Women Programme.

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