African Futures – Call for Early Career Women Scholars

African Futures Research Leadership Program

Cohort 3 – Call for Scholars

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is seeking applicants for the third cohort of the African Futures Research Leadership Program. This competitive visiting scholar program will target early career women researchers from the 10 AAP member universities to travel to Michigan State University (MSU) for one year to be jointly supervised by faculty members from MSU and their home institution in research for impact, writing of scholarly and/or policy publications, dissemination of research results and grant proposals. Scholars will also participate in a structured academic advancement program, build bridges and lasting connections with MSU faculty and across their cohort, an off-site leadership retreat, and an end of program virtual summit to share the findings of their work. 

This year, the cohort will be centered around two themes: global health and climate change. These priority global challenges require global solutions that are addressed through multiple disciplinary approaches (interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary and transdisciplinary), that provide different perspectives on problems, inform comprehensive research questions, develop consensus, and provide innovative solutions. Five scholars will be selected for each theme.


  • Must be an early career woman researcher
  • Citizen of an African country in which AAP operates
  • Completion of a PhD degree within the last 10 years
  • Employed as an Academic Staff member at one of the 10 AAP African consortium universities including Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Arts and Humanities, Bamako, United States International University-Africa, and University of Pretoria
  • Have documented approval of leave or sabbatical to participate in the program for one year
  • Have a mentor at their home institution that will serve as a collaborator and mentor when they return to their home institution
  • Research must be in one of this year’s thematic areas: climate change or global health

To learn more, including MSU faculty research projects and how to apply, click below

Applications to be an African Futures scholar are due March 15, 2022

Additional program deadlines:

  • Final selection: March 31, 2022
  • Expected start date: August 15, 2022
  • Expected end date: July 31, 2023

Please note that these deadlines are tentative and subject to change due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions.

Please contact Jose Jackson-Malete at or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.