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NEF Ambassadors Program for Young Africans 2018

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Entries  are been submitted for the The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) next Ambassadors Program for Africans below the age of 42 to help NEF Ambassadors improve their profile and enhance their careers by promoting the NEF and through activities that provide significant exposure to leaders from around the world. Eligible persons are welcome to apply but must also comply with the criteria as listed.

About the Award: NEF Ambassadors are the NEF’s young science and technology champions, one from each African country. NEF Ambassadors, who are all under 42 years, drive the NEF’s local public engagement activities while growing their own careers through the NEF’s partnerships that offer opportunities for mentorship and collaborations with established researchers.

In particular, the NEF Ambassadors attend the biennial NEF Global Gatherings. The next NEF Global Gathering will be held in 26-28 March 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Application Deadline: 3rd September 2017

Eligible Countries: See list below

To Be Taken At (Country): Kigali, Rwanda.

 

Type: Contests/Awards

Eligibility: 

  • 42 years of age or less as of 31.12.2017 (Born after 1 January 1975)
  • Resident/citizen of an African country with a history of leadership and engagement in the residing community
  • Advanced studies or professional certificates, personal projects, demonstrated entrepreneurial achievements and similar – a PhD is not required
  • Applicants are encouraged from all fields of science, including basic sciences, STEM, health and social science fields.
  • Outstanding writing and keen critical thinking capabilities, and be comfortable working in a collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated passion for raising Africa’s profile in science and/or social science
  • Having an active profile in the community of work/study and/or online including social media
  • Able to clearly communicate to an audience in English or French.

Selection Criteria: The selection process will take into account the following criteria:

  • (20%) Advanced studies or professional certificates, personal projects, demonstrated entrepreneurial achievements and similar – a PhD is not required
    • Outstanding academic qualifications, as measured by the standards of the particular academic discipline. Examples of notable achievements include:
      • Publication record
      • Prizes and other awards, such as especially distinguished fellowships or memberships in prestigious academic circles (for example, in high-ranking committees, bodies, academies, etc.)
      • Independently raised funding from outside sources in a competitive process
      • Number of patents
      • The type and number of invited talks at international conferences
    • (20%) Demonstrated passion for promoting the sciences, including science, technology, engineering, mathematics or social science in Africa
    • (20%) Outstanding writing and keen critical thinking capabilities, and be comfortable working in a collaborative environment and the ability to clearly communicate to an audience in English or French
    • (30%): You must have an active presence either on one of the social media channels or in a reputable organization in your community. This criteria involves having a strong audience and consistent engagement with your followers.
    • (10%) Other distinctive characteristics

Value of Award: Ambassadors receive a ticket and paid travel expenses to the NEF Global Gathering event held on 26-28 March 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. as well as sound non-financial benefits from participation, including high-impact exposure to Nobel Prize winners, Heads of State and representatives from leading global corporations.

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cape Verde, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

How to Apply: Download NEF Ambassador Application Form        ENG    FRA

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: Next Einstein Forum (NEF)

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