Affiliates Fellowship Program at African Academy of Sciences in Africa 2020


Affiliates Fellowship Program application process at African Academy of Sciences in Africa. Learn the best way to apply for the Affiliates Fellowship Program for the academic year 2020/2021, via African Academy of Sciences Scholarship Portal.

If you are reading this, it means you have heard about the Affiliates Fellowship Program 2020.

In this article, we are going to systematically outline the right way to apply for the Affiliates Fellowship Program for interested and qualified applicants.

Scholarship Description

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) Affiliates Membership Program seeks to stimulate as well as nurture the spirit of technological innovation and scientific discovery in Africa so as to enhance sustainable development on the continent (Africa) via research as well as development. It is envisioned to bridge a gap in the professional growth of young and early-to-mid career professionals who wish to grow into research leaders in their home nations. Many countries and organizations are implementing PhD programs to meet the teaching and research needs of higher education and research institutions.  Most of these intellectuals train in well-grounded northern institutions or a very few relatively well set-up African PhD training centers, but when they go back to their home institutions, they encounter weighty challenges in growing as independent thinkers and leaders. Supportive/nurturing research environments and chances that enable them to think up new ideas, knowledge and innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges are quite limited.

While African nations and their sub-regional institutions have the responsibility to bring and retain well- trained researchers, pan-African organizations like the African Academy of Sciences can take up a catalytic and supportive role in inspiring and giving tangible assistance to such cohorts.

 What We Expect From the AAS Affiliates

  • The African Academy of Sciences Affiliates fulfil the Academy’s vision of transformed lives via sciences in their research as well as leadership excellence.
  • They actively contribute to the program activities while also motivating other young researchers to pursue scientific excellence
  • The scheme quickens their evolution into independent researchers and promotes their contribution to policy engagement, interdisciplinary collaboration, innovations, research management and mentorship. Inevitably, Affiliates’ professional development contributes to supporting the scientific capacity of their institution solidly.

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Available Subjects

All courses offered at the university.

Eligible Nationalities and Benefits

This scholarship is only open to students from African Countries.

Number of Awards: 25

Value of Award:

  1. You will be recognized for your scientific excellence as an Affiliate of The AAS alongside The AAS Fellows
  2. You will receive individualized professional development planning support
  3. You will be enrolled into The AAS Mentorship Scheme during the five years
  4. You will profit from a range of career development events which includes but is not limited to collaborative research, grant writing, science communication, ethical conduct of research, scientific entrepreneurship, intellectual property issues, publishing, and so on.
  5. You will join a platform for networking and collaborating early and mid-career researchers regionally and globally.
  6. You will benefit from other AAS opportunities as they become available.

Duration of Program: 5 years


  • Must be an African national
  • Must have obtained their PhD in the last 10 years
  • Must have substantial postdoctoral research experience
  • Must be aged at most 40 years by the 31st December of that year. Distinct considerations will be made for female applicants above 40 years who have at one time or the other, had career interruptions.
  • Must be domiciled in or affiliated with an African higher education institution or a research institution.
  • Female applicants and applicants from under-represented fields and nations are especially encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria:

  • Quality of scientific outputs
  • Evidence of good academic citizenship
  • The strength of the applicant’s statement of interest
  • Candidate’s range of scientific awards as well as other relevant recognitions
  • Engagement in other relevant professional activities.

How to Apply

  • Nominations are all made online via the AAS Ishango Online System.
  • Please, ensure to follow the guidelines given in Program Webpage Link below.

Visit the Program Webpage for Details


The deadline for the scholarship award application is 24th July 2020, 1800 H0urs East African Time. Applicants should ensure they submit their applications on or before the specified date/time.