The Mawazo Fellowship for African Women PhD Students

Mawazo Institute Women Leading Research in Africa is currently accepting applications for the Mawazo Fellowship for African Women PhD Students.

The Mawazo Fellowship Programme is a non-residential fellowship where Mawazo Fellows participate in a virtual training programme that features professional development courses designed by the Mawazo Institute hosted on our Mawazo Learning Exchange (MLEx) e-learning platform.

Through (1) virtual, on-demand training, (2) mentorship, and (3) access to funding that supports research activities, conference travel, research translation, and cross-sector collaborations, this program supports African women PhD students from across the continent who are working on emerging development issues.

In 2023, the Mawazo Fellowship Programme will support women pursuing their PhD studies at accredited universities across Africa. While all eligible PhD students are more than welcome to apply, the institute encourage applications from those working in the following thematic areas:

  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Business, Trade, and the Economy
  • Climate Change, Natural Resources, and the Environment
  • Education and Pedagogy
  • Information and Technology
  • Life and Health Sciences
  • Energy and Engineering
  • Gender, Rights, and Governance
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences


Mawazo Fellows will receive the following benefits:

  • Participation in Mawazo’s in-house virtual training and professional development programme, offered through the Mawazo Learning Exchange (MLEx) e-learning platform 
  • Connections to expert and peer mentors through a structured mentorship programme, as well as exposure to leaders from academia, industry, government and other sectors
  • Funding for research activities with access to grants worth up to US$2,500
  • A stipend worth $500 for discretionary use 
  • Data bundles worth $150 to help access the MLEx platform 
  • Research and editorial support from the Mawazo team and our partners
  • Visibility via Mawazo Voices, our public policy and engagement, strategic communications, and strategic partnerships programme
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In order to be eligible for the Mawazo Fellowship Programme, applicants must:

  • Be a woman (woman/women includes cisgender women and transgender women. We also welcome Assigned Female At Birth (AFAB) non-binary, AFAB gender non-conforming, other AFAB genderqueer individuals
  • Be a citizen of an African country
  • Have good command of written and spoken English
  • Be enrolled for their PhD at an accredited university in an African country
  • Have completed their course work (if applicable) and passed their departmental or graduate school proposal defence
  • Demonstrate that their PhD research is related to African development and is relevant to a global, regional, national or subnational policy priority
  • Demonstrate that they have a “Big Idea” to transform Africa through their research
  • Be available to fully participate in the programme in 2023-2024
  • Demonstrate potential for leadership both within and outside academia, and a strong passion to leverage their expertise for impact in society

Application Process

Applications will be considered complete when the following are provided a:

  • completed online application form
  • current 2-page CV
  • letter confirming current enrolment in an accredited PhD programme
  • letter confirming that you have completed their course work (if applicable) and passed your departmental defense
  • recommendation letter from their PhD supervisor
  • recommendation letter from a second referee

To apply for the Mawazo Fellowship for African Women PhD Students, click here.

Deadline: March 13, 2023.

For more information on Mawazo Fellowship for African Women PhD Students, visit the official site.

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