The Africa Science Leadership Programme is delighted to announce the 2018 Call. We look forward to welcoming 20 new excellent researchers to our team. Currently, the ASLP has trained 63 fellows from 15 countries across Africa. The Africa Science Leadership Programme will train fellows in advanced leadership skills and empower them to lead a new paradigm for African science. We invite applications from early- to mid-career researchers in all disciplines including natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities. 

The speed and quality of the development of science capacity in Africa and the rest of the developing world depends not only on infrastructure and the technical training of people, but is intimately linked to the quality of leadership to lead change. It is widely accepted that the future of scientific development lies in enabling interdisciplinary, interconnected and often large, international teams. Training structures are, however, often not set up to prepare a next generation of scientists for the complexities that an interconnected, interdisciplinary approach to science entails. There is an internationally emerging paradigm that recognizes that the focus on individual leadership is often inadequate to address complex challenges, which require skills across many sectors and collaborative processes. The ASLP will therefore focus on developing collective leadership skills that will help fellows contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Thoughts from the 2017 Cohort...

"The experience of the workshop was transformative. The facilitators had a way of drawing potential from deep within you. I'll definitely be a better leader going forward."

"I feel tremendously privileged to have been selected for this programme. It is as if the lights were switched on in my mind and I now see things through a different lens. I will forever be changed by this experience!"

"This was a very useful and insightful course. I enjoyed all the presentations and activities. As an African leader, I feel inspired to address some of the challenges faced by 'science and scientists' on our continent."


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Apply here for ASLP 2018

Deadline for applications: 12 pm UTC on 05 January 2018

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 Key dates:


05 January 2018


Applications close


01 February 2018


Outcome letters sent to applicants


15 March 2018


Arrival of fellows, to begin training on the 16th