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AAS Fellows and Affiliates are distinguished researchers who represent the Continent’s talent and promising men and women from across the globe

The Affiliates Programme recognizes and supports the development of promising African early and mid-career scientists into world class research leaders who contribute to the Academy’s vision of transforming lives through sciences.

About The Affiliates Programme

By supporting young scholars’ professional growth pathways, and nurturing enabling research environments, the programme meets a significant need in African higher education and research institutions of supporting African-based scholars to become independent thinkers and leaders who can generate new ideas, knowledge, and innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges. Thus, through the Affiliates programme, The AAS plays a catalytic and supportive role to the African states and their sub-regional institutions in their responsibility to attract, support and retain excellent researchers who contribute to the continent’s development agenda.

We currently have 87 Affiliates from 16 African countries and from across all disciplines. Affiliates of The AAS are selected from among young promising African scientists who have demonstrated prowess in the development and application of science in Africa. Starting 2019, up to 40 Affiliates will be selected from all disciplines and from all the five regions of Africa. On being selected, Affiliates receive for a period of five years, career development support, mentorship, networking opportunities, as well as support for an enabling research environment in their home institutions.

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The AAS Affiliates live out the Academy’s vision of transforming lives through sciences in their research and leadership excellence. They actively contribute to the programme activities while also motivating other young researchers to pursue scientific excellence. The programme accelerates their transition into independent researchers and enhances their contribution to innovations, policy engagement, mentorship, interdisciplinary collaboration and research management. Consequentially, we envision that the Affiliates’ professional growth will contribute to strengthening their institution’s scientific capacity.

The designation of ‘Affiliate of The AAS’ is a meritorious recognition awarded after competitive evaluation and review by a designated body of peer reviewers and a final approval by the AAS Governing Council. This designation is held for a period of five years and there is no direct progression from Affiliate to Fellow of the Academy. During the five years, Affiliates benefit from the following:

  • Recognition as an AAS Affiliate alongside AAS Fellows, Associate Fellows and Honorary Fellows
  • Support with individualized professional development planning
  • Benefit from a range of career development activities including but not limited to grant writing, publishing, science communication, ethical conduct of research, intellectual property issues, collaborative research, scientific entrepreneurship, etc.
  • Enrolment into The AAS Mentorship Scheme where Affiliates are matched with AAS Fellows and/or other experienced professionals to achieve specific career goals.
  • Networking and collaborating platforms for the Affiliates and with other similar programmes
  • Benefit from other AAS programmes and opportunities as they become available.

Prospective candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be an African national;
  • Must be residing in or affiliated with an African higher education or research institution;
  • Must have obtained their PhD in the last ten years;
  • Must have substantial postdoctoral research experience;
  • Must be aged 40 years and below by the 31st December of that year. Individual considerations will be made for female candidates above 40 years who have had career interruptions;
  • Female candidates and candidates from under-represented disciplines and countries are especially encouraged to apply.