$2500 Mawazo Fellowship Program 2023

The Mawazo Fellowship Program 2023 is a 15-month non-residential fellowship where Mawazo Fellows participate in a virtual training program including professional development courses designed by the Mawazo Institute hosted on our online learning platform. online Mawazo Learning Exchange (MLEx).

Fellows also benefit from mentorship and networking to enhance their career progression, financial support for research activities, and policy outreach and public engagement platforms that increase their visibility and potential. impact.

This program is designed to build a network of African women experts who are poised to influence policy and public discourse in academia and beyond, increasing the application and implementation of practical, evidence-based ideas. evidence that boosts Africa’s development.

All scholars join their alumni network and will continue to benefit from Mawazo’s support through its Mawazo Voices program.

In 2023, the Mawazo scholarship program will support up to forty (40) women pursuing their doctoral studies at accredited universities across Africa.

While all eligible PhD students are more than welcome, we encourage applications from those working in the following thematic areas:

  • Agriculture and food security
  • Business, Commerce and Economics
  • Climate change, natural resources and the environment
  • Education and pedagogy
  • Energy and Engineering
  • Gender, rights and governance
  • information and technology
  • Life and health sciences
  • Mathematical and physical sciences
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Benefits of the Mawazo Fellowship Program 2023

Mawazo scholarship recipients will receive the following benefits:

  • Participation in Mawazo’s in-house virtual training and professional development program, offered through the Mawazo Learning Exchange (MLEx) e-learning platform
  • Connections to experts and peer mentors through a structured mentorship program, as well as exposure to leaders from academia, industry, government and other sectors
  • Funding of research activities giving access to grants of a maximum value of $2,500
  • A stipend valued at $500 for discretionary use
  • Data plans worth $150 to facilitate access to the MLEx platform
  • Research and editorial support from the Mawazo team and our partners
  • Visibility through Mawazo Voices, our public policy and engagement, strategic communications and strategic partnerships program


To be eligible for the Mawazo scholarship program, applicants must:

  • Being a Woman (woman/women includes cisgender women and transgender women. We also welcome non-binary and gender non-conforming AFAB people, gender non-conforming AFAB people, and other genderqueer AFAB people, who have historically been excluded from the spaces of decision-making).
  • Be a citizen of an African country.
  • Have a good command of written and spoken English.
  • Be registered for their doctorate in an accredited university in an African country.
  • Have completed their coursework ( if applicable ) and successfully defended their department or graduate proposal (i.e. in the dissertation/dissertation phase of their PhD).
  • Demonstrate that their doctoral research is linked to the development of Africa and is relevant to a global, regional, national or sub-national policy priority.
  • Demonstrate that they have a “big idea” to transform Africa through their research (by “big idea” we mean an innovative research-based solution to help address Africa’s emerging societal challenges).
  • Demonstrate leadership potential both inside and outside of academia, and a strong passion for leveraging their expertise to make an impact in society.
  • Be available to fully participate in the program in 2023-2024.
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Eligible Regions:  Africa.

Application process

Interested candidates should complete and submit their applications through their online application portal. Applications will not be accepted by email or on paper.

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

  • A completed online application form
  • A current 2-page CV
  • A letter confirming current enrollment in an accredited doctoral program
  • A letter confirming that you have completed your coursework (if applicable) and passed your departmental defence
  • A letter of recommendation from your thesis supervisor
  • A letter of recommendation from a second referee

Application deadline:  March 12, 2023.

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