Apply Now: AAP African Futures Research Leadership Programme 2023 (Fully-funded)


Apply Now: AAP African Futures Research Leadership Programme 2023 (Fully-funded)

The AAP African Futures Research Leadership Programme 2023 is now accepting applications. The African Futures Research Leadership Program was developed by the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) in the fall of 2019.

In order to be jointly supervised by faculty from MSU and their home institution in research for impact, writing of scholarly and/or policy publications, dissemination of research results, and grant proposals, early career women researchers from the 10 AAP member universities are the target audience for the competitive visiting scholar program. They will travel to Michigan State University (MSU) for one year.

Additionally, early career researchers take part in a planned program for academic progress while they forge enduring bonds with MSU and their cohort. Additionally, they participate in a leadership retreat away from the office where they receive instruction in collaboration, engagement, teamwork, and thought leadership. Mentors from the scholar’s home university and MSU will also travel to each other’s institutions for a week to discuss possible long-term collaborations.

AAP African Futures Research Leadership Programme Benefits

  • AAP will provide scholars a salary during their time at MSU, and will cover airfare and visa application fees.
  • Scholars will also receive a small grant for their research and professional development activities, to be spent in coordination with their mentors.

AAP African Futures Research Leadership Programme Eligibility

Eligible scholars will be current early career Academic Staff at AAP member universities who have received their PhD within the past ten years.

  • Applicant must be an early career woman researcher;
  • Citizen of an African country in which AAP operates;
  • Completion of a PhD degree within the last 10 years;
  • Employed as an Academic Staff member at one of the 10 AAP African consortium universities including Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Arts and Humanities, Bamako, United States International University-Africa, and University of Pretoria;
  • Have documented approval of leave or sabbatical to participate in the program for one year;
  • Have a mentor at their home institution that will serve as a collaborator and mentor when they return to their home institution;
  • Research must be in one of AAP’s six priority areas: agri-food systems, water, energy, & environment, youth empowerment, education, health & nutrition, and culture.

AAP African Futures Research Leadership Programme  Application

Applicants will submit a proposal that includes a CV, letter of interest, endorsement from their department chair and AAP focal point, writing samples, and letters of reference. Successful applicants will be paired with a suitable MSU faculty mentor and will work with their mentor over a one-year period at MSU.

Click here to submit your proposal

For more information, visit African Futures.


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