Call for Applicants – The 2023 Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP)

The call for applicants is currently open for the 2023 Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) for mid-career academics.

The ASLP is an initiative of the University of Pretoria in partnership with the Global Young Academy, funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation. It serves early- to mid-career researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, social sciences, arts, and the humanities.

The programme aims to grow mid-career academics in Africa in the areas of thought leadership, team development, engagement, and collaboration, to enable them to solve the complex issues facing Africa and the global community.

The leadership programme:

  • Identifies early- to mid-career academics who have demonstrated leadership potential and an interest in developing key leadership skills
  • Supports them to apply the acquired skills to projects that are relevant to the academic development on the continent and its impact on society
  • Creates a network of academic leaders on the continent, spanning not only across countries but also across disciplinary boundaries
  • Advances a curriculum for academic leadership development that can be utilized in African institutions and beyond.


The Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) training will cover:

  • Core elements of collective leadership
  • Creative and systems thinking
  • Development of effective networks
  • Stakeholder engagement for change
  • Maximising the efficiency and impact of collaborative efforts
  • Advanced dialogue and communication skills
  • Effective problem-solving and decision making
  • Most training, travel, meal, and accommodation costs will be covered.


The following criteria are used as a guide for the nomination and selection of fellows for the Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP):

  • A PhD or equivalent qualification
  • A faculty or a continuing research position at a research institution;
  • Active in research and teaching at an African institution of higher education or research;
  • A sustained record of outstanding scientific outputs;
  • Interest in translating and communicating the results of their work for impact in society;
  • Demonstrated leadership ability in research and beyond;
  • Interest in the role of research in addressing complex issues affecting society;
  • Interest in collaborations across disciplines and sectors (e.g. industry, government, etc.);
  • Commitment to participate in all the activities of the fellowship; and
  • Intent to share what is learned in the programme with their broader networks.
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Application Process

All applicants have to provide two support letters from academic referees (details are provided in the application form).

To apply for The 2023 Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP), click here

Deadline: July 15, 2023.

For more information on The 2023 Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP), visit the official site.

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