Opportunity: Apply For The Mawazo Learning Exchange (MLEx) Fellowship 2020


2020 is about to close its curtains, and as it ends, we only hope the coming year will be filled with new and greater opportunities. But right before the year ends, there is an amazing opportunity available for African female PhD scholars. These scholars will receive a discretionary stipend of ($500), data bundles and participate in a virtual training program paired with mentorship and networking.

The Mawazo “ideas’ institute is a non-profit research institute based in Nairobi, with a mission to support the next generation of female scholars, and to get policy makers and the general public to engage in their work.

The MLEx fellowship program is a one-year non-residential fellowship for young African women enrolled in PhD programs at accredited universities in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The program will use professionally developed courses by Mawazo institute that will develop and nurture skills in fellows that will be applicable across various academic disciplines.

The program will be recruiting 10 African women pursuing a doctoral research at the nexus of Agriculture/ food security and gender, for its first year. The selected candidates will then be needed to demonstrate how they are analyzing gender perceptiveness and dimensions in agriculture and food security, and integrating them into their research.

For one to be eligible she must;

1. Be a women below the age of 40 as of 1st January 2020
2. Be enrolled for their PhD at an accredited university in Uganda, Rwanda. Kenya or Tanzania
3. Be a citizen of an African country
4. Be available to fully participate in the program in 2021-2022
5. Demonstrate leadership potential both within and outside academia
6. Demonstrate that there research project is related to African development and is relevant to a global, regional, national or sub-national policy priority

Why you should apply for the program;

1. A stipend of ($500) for discretionary use
2. Research and editorial support from Mawazo staff and patners
3. Visibility via Mawazo digital platforms and events
4. Connection to mentors as well as exposure to leaders from academia, industry, government and other sectors
5. Data bundles for supplementary internet connectivity to access and use MLEx
6. Participation in Mawazo’s in house professional development and leadership training program

To apply you need to complete an online application via the application portal, submit a current two page CV, a letter-confirming enrollment in an accredited PhD program, a recommendation letter from your PhD supervisor and a second referee.

Any African woman who is eligible should apply for this fellowship program, as it will help position our women as leading experts, thinkers and innovators who will find homegrown solutions to local development challenges.


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