African Science Leadership Program
Networking and Promoting Science

African Science Leadership Program

Specialist knowledge alone is not enough to achieve success in the field of science and make important contributions to international research. A complex set of skills is necessary if scientists are to manage their own research groups, strive for excellence despite a lack of infrastructure, and work in an international and interdisciplinary manner with other researchers. Therefore, the Robert Bosch Stiftung supports programs that enable young African scientists to gain qualifications and cultivate the key expertise required for an academic career.

The African Science Leadership Program is aimed at young scientists in Africa who want to take on a leadership role in terms of shaping science and research, both at their own universities and across institutions and national borders. Alongside seminars on the development of management, communication, and leadership skills, this twelve-month program also covers the implementation of individual projects designed to bring about improvement in scientific management. Participants are supported by mentors for the entire year. The leadership program aims to not only improve the qualifications of the individual participants but also to facilitate the development of a pan-African network of leaders. The idea is that this network will help Africa become a strong player in the international research community.

The program is organized by the University of Pretoria in conjunction with the Global Young Academy and various international partners. It is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.


University of Pretoria
Prof. Bernard Slippers

Contact at the Foundation

Johanna Rapp
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084-597