African Academy of Sciences Fellowship for African Scholars

African Academy of Sciences Fellowship for African Scholars

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) recognises scientific excellence by electing to its membership outstanding scholars who have attained the highest level of excellence in their scientific field and have made significant contributions to the advancement of science regionally and globally.

AAS Fellows are elected for life through a rigorous peer review process on the basis of excellence in their publications record, innovations, leadership roles and contribution to policy and society.

The AAS Fellowship has three categories of recognition: Fellows, Associate Fellows and Honorary Fellows.

Fellows are elected from among active and outstanding African scientists residing in Africa or elsewhere, non- African scientists who have taken citizenship of an African nation, and Africa-born scientists who have taken citizenship outside Africa and have attained the highest international standards and/or have made significant contribution to the development and application of science, technology and innovation in Africa as well as in the development of other scientists.

Nomination requirements for Fellows

Only AAS Fellows and Associate Fellows can nominate candidates to the AAS Fellowship. One Fellow/ Associate Fellow nominates and each nomination is seconded by another Fellow/ Associate Fellow. Prospective nominees must meet the following requirements:


  • Must have obtained a PhD or equivalent qualification no less than 10 years before the year of nomination and have outstanding post qualification academic achievements.

  • Demonstrate contributions that they have made to Africa. Candidates for Associate Fellowship must, in addition, demonstrate supervision of several African masters and doctoral students and published papers based on research in Africa with a substantial number of the African research papers having African first authors.

  • Candidates must be individuals who are currently active and if not, it should be stated on the form, what contribution they would make to be
    considered as members of The AAS.

  • Demonstrate outstanding scientific excellence and the nominee’s work must stand out in his or her discipline on the African continent.

  • Demonstrate outstanding scientific leadership and citizenship and, if applicable, contribution to policy.

  • Demonstrate evidence of recognition by their peers in the field such as active peer review of journal articles, membership of scientific advisory committees, invited lectures, awards, prizes, membership in other academies or professional bodies.

  • Publish with publishers of high reputation and have high impact factor in scientific journals of high calibre with a Scopus H-index /Google Scholar / Web of Science of 20 higher.

  • Have at least one journal article with 100 or more citations Have first author position in a substantial number of publications.

    Nomination Procedure:

  • The African Academy of Sciences accepts nominations for Fellows in the first half of each year.

  • A nomination call is sent out to all The AAS Fellows and Associate Fellows.

  • A notification also goes out to non-Fellows informing them of the open call. Only current AAS Fellows and Associate Fellows can submit nominations.

  • Self-nomination is not accepted but as indicated below, interested individuals may request a Fellow or Associate Fellow of AAS to nominate them. The call remains open for two months.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; African Academy of Sciences Fellowship for African Scholars

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