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Mawazo Ph.D Fellowship Programme 2023 for African Women



The Ph.D. Scholars Programme is a one-year, non-residential fellowship where Ph.D. Scholars receive a research grant worth up to $5000 to support their research, a travel grant worth up to $2000 for conference travel, and a training grant worth up to $500 for ongoing training. Scholars also benefit from professional and leadership skills training provided by Mawazo and our partners, research and editorial support, mentorship and networking opportunities. This programme is designed to amplify our Scholars’ research and position them as the next generation of leading experts, thinkers, and innovators who are finding homegrown solutions to local development challenges.


Mawazo Fellows will receive the following benefits:

  • Participation in Mawazo’s in-house virtual training and professional development programme, offered through the Mawazo Learning Exchange (MLEx) e-learning platform

  • Connections to expert and peer mentors through a structured mentorship programme, as well as exposure to leaders from academia, industry, government and other sectors

  • Funding for research activities with access to grants worth up to US$2,500

  • A stipend worth $500 for discretionary use

  • Data bundles worth $150 to help access the MLEx platform

  • Research and editorial support from the Mawazo team and their partners

  • Visibility via Mawazo Voices, public policy and engagement, strategic communications, and strategic partnerships programme


To be eligible for the Ph.D. Scholars Programme, applicant must:

  • Be a woman (woman/women includes cisgender women and transgender women. They also welcome Assigned Female At Birth (AFAB) non-binary, AFAB gender non-conforming, and other AFAB genderqueer individuals who have historically been excluded from decision-making spaces).

  • Be a citizen of an African country.

  • Have a good command of written and spoken English.

  • Be enrolled for their Ph.D. at an accredited university in an African country.

  • Have completed their course work (if applicable) and passed their departmental or graduate school proposal defence (i.e., in the dissertation/thesis phase of their Ph.D.).

  • Demonstrate that their Ph.D. research is related to African development and is relevant to a global, regional, national or subnational policy priority.

  • Demonstrate that they have a “Big Idea” to transform Africa through their research ( By ”Big Idea,” they mean an innovative research-based solution to help address Africa’s emerging societal challenges).

  • Demonstrate potential for leadership both within and outside academia and a strong passion for leveraging their expertise for impact in society.

  • Be available to participate fully in the programme in 2023-2024.


12th March 2023

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