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2023 Mawazo Fellowship Programme for African Women

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Applications for the Mawazo Institute’s Mawazo Fellowship Program for 2023 are now being accepted. This non-residential fellowship is intended for African women who are enrolled in reputable African universities and working toward their PhD in any subject.

The program’s objective is to create a network of African women specialists who are prepared to shape public debate and policy in academia and beyond, promoting the use and implementation of realistic, fact-based theories that will fuel Africa’s development.

Fellowship Sponsor(s): Mawazo Institute

Host Institution(s): Accredited Universities across Africa

Fellowship Worth: Funded

Number of Awards: Several

Study Level: PhD

Nationality: African Women

Application Deadline: March 12, 2023

African Women’s Mawazo Fellowship Program | Details
Mawazo Fellows take part in a virtual training program that includes professional development courses created by the Mawazo Institute and hosted on our Mawazo Learning Exchange (MLEx) e-learning platform as part of the 15-month, non-residential Mawazo Fellowship Programme.

Up to forty (40) women from all around Africa will receive support from the Mawazo Fellowship Program in 2023. While we welcome submissions from all qualified PhD students, we especially urge those focusing on the following topic areas:

  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Business, Trade, and the Economy
  • Climate Change, Natural Resources, and the Environment
  • Education and Pedagogy
  • Energy and Engineering
  • Gender, Rights, and Governance
  • Information and Technology
  • Life and Health Sciences
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences

This programme supports African women PhD students from across the continent working on emerging development issues and provides them with (1) virtual, on-demand training, (2) mentorship, and (3) access to funding that supports research activities, conference travel, research translation, and cross-sector collaborations.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for 2023 Mawazo Fellowship Programme, applicants are expected to meet the following conditions:

  • Be a woman (woman/women include cisgender women and transgender women. We also welcome Assigned Female at Birth (AFAB) non-binary, AFAB gender non-conforming, other AFAB genderqueer individuals, who have historically been excluded from decision-making spaces)
  • Be a citizen of an African country
  • Have good command of written and spoken English
  • Be enrolled for their PhD at an accredited university in an African country
  • Have completed their course work (if applicable) and passed their departmental or graduate school proposal defence (i.e., in the dissertation/thesis phase of their PhD)
  • Demonstrate that their PhD research is related to African development and is relevant to a global, regional, national or subnational policy priority
  • Demonstrate that they have a “Big Idea” to transform Africa through their research (By ‘Big Idea’ we mean an innovative research-based solution to help address Africa’s emerging societal challenges)
  • Demonstrate potential for leadership both within and outside academia, and a strong passion to leverage their expertise for impact in society
  • Be available to fully participate in the programme in 2023-2024

Fellowship Benefits

Mawazo Fellows will receive the following benefits:

  • Participation in Mawazo’s in-house virtual training and professional development programme, offered through the Mawazo Learning Exchange (MLEx) e-learning platform
  • Connections to expert and peer mentors through a structured mentorship programme, as well as exposure to leaders from academia, industry, government and other sectors
  • Funding for research activities with access to grants worth up to US$2,500
  • A stipend worth $500 for discretionary use
  • Data bundles worth $150 to help access the MLEx platform
  • Research and editorial support from the Mawazo team and our partners
  • Visibility via Mawazo Voices, our public policy and engagement, strategic communications, and strategic partnerships programme.

How-to-Apply: Interested candidates are required to fill in and submit their applications via our online application portal. Applications will not be accepted by email or in hard copy.

Applications will be considered complete when the following are provided:

  • A completed online application form
  • A current 2-page CV
  • A letter confirming current enrolment in an accredited PhD programme
  • A letter confirming that you have completed your course work (if applicable) and passed your departmental defence
  • A recommendation letter from your PhD supervisor
  • A recommendation letter from a second referee


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