Why are we running this project?

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 in science management and leadership, cultivate the key expertise required for an academic career, and build strong pan-African and international networks.

What are our goals?

The African Science Leadership Program is aimed at early-career 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. Moreover, 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. This network of young, bright and enthusiastic researchers will help Africa to increase its visibility and role as a key player in the global science community.

How does the project work?

Alongside seminars on the development of management, communication, and leadership skills, the twelve-month program covers the implementation of individual projects designed to bring about improvement in scientific management. Participants meet at least twice a year and are supported by mentors for the entire year.

Who organizes and sponsors the project?

The program is organized by the University of Pretoria in conjunction with the Global Young Academy, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and various international partners, and is integrated in the Future Africa Initiative.