Applications are open for NEF Ambassadors Programme. NEF is short for Next Einstein Forum.
NEF is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). It recognizes scientists that are doing “research and innovations that are contributing to solve Africa’s and the world’s most pressing challenges.”
In each African country, only one ambassador will be picked to champion science and technology.
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 on 10-13 March 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The benefits of being an ambassador are listed below:
– 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.
To apply for NEF Ambassadors Programme, you need to fulfill the following:
– 42 years of age or less as of 31.12.2019 (Born after 1 January 1977)
– 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.