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African Women in Science (AWIS)


Applying to the program

Thank you for your interest in the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE)'s African Women in Science 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 and ending in November. This program will include a one-month travel experience to North America, usually during May and June.

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:

    • 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. 


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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