Application Deadline: July 31st 2019

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 10-13 March 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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.

Benefits:

Lead NEF Africa Science Week, with the support of NEF staff and resources.

• Ambassadors receive significant exposure to the NEF readership community.

• Have the opportunity to network with other experts and NEF
Ambassadors and NEF Fellows, as well as top scientists, social
scientists and technology leaders from around the world.

• Have the opportunity to influence science, social science and
technology policy through NEF articles and documents and share their own
work.

• Get the chance to pitch their own projects and ideas to high
profile NEF members and contribute to the establishment of a positive
global view of science in Africa.

• Leading NEF Africa Science Week, with the support of NEF staff and resources.

• Ambassadors receive significant exposure to the NEF readership community.

• Have the opportunity to network with other experts and NEF
Ambassadors and NEF Fellows, as well as top scientists, social
scientists and technology leaders from around the world.

• Have the opportunity to influence science, social science and
technology policy through NEF articles and documents and share their own
work.

• Get the chance to pitch their own projects and ideas to high profile NEF members and contribute to the establishment of a positive global view of science in Africa.

Selection Criteria

The selection will be done by a panel of eminent scientists including members of the NEF Scientific Programme Committee (SPC).

The selection process will aim for the following:

  • At least 40% of selected NEF Ambassadors are women
  • At most one NEF Ambassador from each African country

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

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the NEF Young Ambassador Programme 2019/2020

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