The ASLP is an initiative of the University of Pretoria in partnership with the Global Young Academy, funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. It serves early- to mid-career researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, social sciences, arts, and the humanities. The program aims to grow mid-career African academics in the areas of thought leadership, team development, engagement, and collaboration, with the intention of enabling them to solve the complex issues that face both Africa and the global community.
The training will cover:
Core elements of collective leadership
Creative and systems thinking
Development of effective networks
Stakeholder engagement for change
Maximizing the efficiency and impact of collaborative efforts
Advanced dialogue and communication skills
Effective problem solving and decision making
Following the first training week, fellows will apply their skills to a project relevant to their context and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
During the year, participants will continue to engage with the group and have access to professional support.
The costs incurred during the workshop (training, relevant travel, meals, and accommodation) will be covered by the program.
In March 2021, fellows will complete their projects and present them at the second in-person training, which will consist of 3 days.
The following criteria are used as a guide for the nomination and selection of fellows:
A Ph.D. degree or equivalent qualification;
A faculty or a continuing research position at a research institution;
Active in research and teaching at an African institution of higher education or research;
A sustained record of outstanding scientific outputs;
Interest in translating and communicating the results of their work for impact in society;
Demonstrated leadership ability in research and beyond;
Interest in the role of research in addressing complex issues affecting society;
Interest in collaborations across disciplines and sectors (e.g. industry, government, etc.);
Commitment to participate in all the activities of the fellowship; and
Intent to share what is learned in the program with their broader networks.