Mawazo Institute Fellowship Programme for African Women PhD students

Mawazo Institute Fellowship Programme for African Women PhD students

The Mawazo Institute Fellowship 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.

The Mawazo Fellowship Programme is a 15-month, non-residential fellowship where Mawazo Fellows participate in a virtual training programme that features professional development courses designed by the Mawazo Institute hosted on our Mawazo Learning Exchange (MLEx) e-learning platform.

Fellows also benefit from mentorship and networking to enhance their career progression, financial support for research activities, and platforms for policy outreach and public engagement that increase their visibility and potential for impact.

This programme is designed to build a network of African women experts who are poised to influence policy and public discourse in academia and beyond, increasing the application and implementation of practical, evidence-based ideas that drive Africa’s development.

All Fellows join our network of past Fellows and will continue to benefit from Mawazo’s support through its Mawazo Voices programme.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for the Mawazo Fellowship Programme, applicants must:

  • Be a woman (woman/women includes cisgender women and transgender women. Mawazo 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

  • In 2023, the Mawazo Fellowship Programme will support up to forty (40) women pursuing their PhD studies at accredited universities across Africa.

    While all eligible PhD students are more than welcome to apply, Mawazo Institute encourage applications from those working in the following thematic 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


    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

    For more information and job application details, see; Mawazo Institute Fellowship Programme for African Women PhD students

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