Next Einstein Forum Ambassadors Programme for African Students 2022

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The NEF Ambassadors are young STEM champions under 42 years, one from each African country, who drive the NEF’s public engagement activities.

These activities include the NEF Africa Science Week programme while growing their own careers through the NEF’s partnerships that offer opportunities for mentorship and collaborations with established researchers. The NEF Ambassadors have a 2-year mandate.

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) is a public engagement initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). Launched in 2013, the NEF was born out of a recognition that there was no gathering on African soil where the very best actors had the opportunity to come together from their diverse communities of science, industry, civil society, and policy, from Africa and around the world, to leverage science for global development.

About Next Einstein Forum

Our work is shaped by our belief that the next Einstein will be African. We are working to make Africa a global hub for science and technology. The NEF is a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the rest of the world – with the goal to leverage science for human development globally.

The NEF believes that Africa’s contributions to the global scientific community are critical for global progress.

Aim and Benefits of Next Einstein Forum Ambassadors Programme

  • Attend the prestigious, invitation-only NEF Global Gathering alongside Nobel Prize winners, Heads of State and Government, and representatives from leading global corporations and civic society. Ambassadors will receive paid travel expenses to the NEF Global Gathering event;
  • Participate in interviews, panels, and the showcasing of research, NEF work, and articles on STEM and innovation, among other events during/following the NEF Global Gathering;
  • Have the opportunity to organize the annual NEF Africa Science Week in your country;
  • NEF Ambassadors will receive significant exposure to the NEF readership community;
  • Have the opportunity to network with other experts, NEF Ambassadors and NEF Fellows, as well as top scientists, social scientists and technology leaders from around the world;
  • Become a member of the prestigious NEF Community of Scientists;
  • After completing your tenure, have the opportunity to apply for the NEF Fellows programme;
  • Have the opportunity to influence STEM and innovation policy through NEF articles and documents and share their own work; and
  • 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.

Requirements for Next Einstein Forum Ambassadors Programme Qualification

  • Applicant must be 42 years of age or less (Born on/after January 1, 1980);
  • Resident and 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 and innovation achievements, and similar—a PhD is not necessarily required;
  • Applicants are encouraged from all fields of STEM, including basic sciences, health sciences as well as social science fields;
  • Outstanding writing and critical thinking capabilities, and be comfortable working in a collaborative environment;
  • Demonstrated passion for raising Africa’s profile in STEM and/or social sciences;
  • Having an active work/study profile demonstrated through an active online and/or social media presence; and
  • Able to clearly communicate to an audience in English or French.

Interview date, Process and Venue for Next Einstein Forum Ambassadors Programme

Selection Process

A panel of eminent scientists including members of the NEF Scientific Program Committee (SPC) will do the selection. The selection process will aim for the following:

  • At least 40% of selected NEF Ambassadors are women;
  • The applicant must be in their country of residence during the programme; and
  • The scoring process will take into account the following:
  • (20%)—Advanced studies or professional certificates, personal projects, demonstrated entrepreneurial achievements and similar—a PhD is not necessarily 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; and
      • The type and number of invited talks at international conferences.
  • (20%)—Demonstrated passion for promoting the sciences, including STEM 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 criterion involves having a strong audience and consistent engagement with your followers; and
  • (10%)—Other distinctive characteristics.

Application Deadline

October 24, 2022

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