The Early Career Research Leader Fellowship is an initiative of the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa Institute, funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York. It serves early career research leaders in basic and applied sciences, engineering, social sciences, the humanities and the arts. It aims to grow African academics in their thought leadership, team development, stakeholder engagement, and collaboration with an intention to stimulate the emergence of centers of research excellence to solve complex problems that face Africa and the world.

The program design for the Early Career Research Leader Fellowship will aim to stimulate new thinking on the perceived frontiers of science to produce theoretical frameworks for transformation, develop novel questions and/or novel approaches to old and emerging new questions with a focus on adaptability, resilience, and co-design of systems for sustainable and equitable development in Africa.

Other objectives of the program include:

  • Functioning in a twinned, split-site approach with the home institution to strengthen the research of the fellow at her/his home institution as well as the hosting institution;
  • Using the project as a basis to launch or advance the development of a research program at the home institution of the fellow;
  • Promoting interaction between a University of Pretoria researcher and academic leaders at the home institution of the fellow;
  • Exposing the fellow to a structured skills development program, and
  • Integrating the fellow into a Pan-African network of researchers.

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