NEF Fellows 2019-2021 Programme

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.

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 leadersInspire the next generation of African innovators. NEF Fellows participate in campaigns and events to encourage young people to pursue scientific careers.


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 societyorganizations.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 AfricaCollaborate 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 fieldContribute to the establishment of a positive global view of science in AfricaApplication and programme participation are completely free

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

Be 42 years of age or less as of 31 December, 2019Hold a passport from an African countryHold a PhD in a field of science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or the social sciencesHave a demonstrated track record of research/findings that have global impactApplicants are passionate about raising Africa’s profile in STEM globallyAble 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.

Deadline: 27 January 2019

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