Apply for the 2022 African Women in Science Program by December 15th!

The African Women in Science program is a transformative initiative for early-career African women scientists from the African Great Lakes region. The program aims to build capacity and offer mentorship opportunities for African women scientists who are actively engaged in African Great Lakes and freshwater research.  ​Open to women ages 25-40, participants will be a part of a 10-month cohort of African women scientists and become the next generation of African women scientists catalyzing positive change in the African Great Lakes.

This opportunity is made possible by the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education and the International Institute for Sustainable Development.  Find out more and apply here.

AWIS is a ten-month program that integrates learning experiences from a cohort of peers and a variety of experts and mentors. The 2022 program will be a hybrid program, with many components taking place online, and a one-month international immersion experience in North America. Participants have ongoing assignments related to core components. Program components include:


      • Leadership Development
      • Scientific Skills
      • Communications Techniques
      • Networking Strategy


      • Take part in events at international symposia, which includes meeting other early-, mid-, and late-career women scientists to build a supportive community and mentor-mentee relationships

      • Attend international conferences to present work and integrate into the larger scientific community


      • Connect individually with senior scientists, and other experts for insights, advice and problem-solving related to research and careers

International Connections. Each participant will be invited to attend the annual Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, North America, to:​

      • Increase the global view of freshwater resources, for themselves, and others

      • Gain input on their research, writing, scientific approaches

      • Enhance their network of expertise to solve issues they face

      • Strengthen future opportunities for research, careers, and knowledge

      • Offer solutions and input to other global freshwater experts

Project-Based Learning

      • Work on a project in a small group or individually that may be related to their current work, or another topic they can explore through the program

      • Develop end products that may include a short paper or journal article on their topic, a funding proposal or presentation that compares aspects of different lakes with input from peers and mentors

      • Present resent projects at the end of the program


What participants give:

      • Commit to full participation in monthly programming over the course of 10 months

      • Use the experiences to build your current work

      • Complete assignments based on core program components

      • Map in their progress journey along the way to share with the group

      • Have opportunities to present work/research to the larger scientific community

What participants get:

      • Make peer connections in a transboundary cohort

      • Build their professional network, locally, regionally, globally

      • Receive feedback from the larger scientific community

      • Grow your professional network

      • Take part in relevant skills training

      • Gain insight to grow leadership

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