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African Women in Science (AWIS)

2023 Program

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.

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.


The program

AWIS is a ten-month program that integrates learning experiences from a cohort of peers and a variety of experts and mentors. The 2023 program will be a hybrid program, with many components taking place online, and a two-to-four week international immersion experience in North America and possible other travel within Africa. 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 International Association of Great Lakes Research, to be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada 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


To apply, see the application instructions and criteria below. Send questions about the program

to Angela:

Welcome to the African Women in Science Program, From the African Women in Science

Applying to the program


Thank you for your interest in the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE)'s African Women in Science 2023 program. The objective of this program is to build the capacity of students and early-career women working on large lakes and freshwater issues, specifically those on the African Great Lakes and their basins. The program will run for approximately 10 months, starting in February, 2023 and ending in November, 2023. This program will include a one-month travel experience to North America, from approximately May 4 through June 3, 2023.

To apply:

1) You must meet ALL the following criteria of the program:

  • A woman between the ages of 25-40;

  • A national of one of the ten riparian countries of the African Great Lakes region (Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia);

  • Conducting scientific work, research, or studies on aspects of the African Great Lakes. Such work can include any focus on these lakes or their tributaries or wetlands and including human dimensions (management, value-chains, etc);

  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19;

  • Be able to travel to the US and Canada mid-May through mid-June, 2023:

    • Have a valid passport

    • Have employer, university, family, and other obligations allowing you the time to travel

    • Approved to participate in the programme by your institution, organization, or university

    • Agree to return to your home country (or pre-determined location) after the excursion

  • Willing to submit an an abstract to the International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) conference to be held during the North American excursion. Accepted participants will be expected to give an oral presentation on your work, studies, or research. 


2023 Cohort

Coming November 2022.


2023 AWIS Sponsors

The African Women in Science (AWIS) program is actively seeking partnerships. The success of AWIS relies on the support of donors who recognize what investing in the next generation of freshwater experts means for our global freshwater future. Together, we can answer the global call to enhance the participation of women in solving our most critical freshwater issues. To support the AWIS program please reach

Ted Lawrence, IISD-ACARE Executive Director: 

The African Women in Science (AWIS) program is a joint program through the International Institute of Sustainable Development and the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education.

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