2021 Mawazo Learning Exchange (MLEx) Fellowship Programme for African Women

Deadline: November 27, 2020.

Mawazo (“Ideas”) Institute is a non-profit research institute based in Nairobi. Their mission is to support the next generation of female scholars and thought leaders in East Africa, and to get policymakers and the general public engaged with their work. They envision a world in which the ideas and voices of African women are amplified to shape the future of the continent.

For the first year of our MLEx Fellowship, which begins in early 2021, they are recruiting 10 African women pursuing doctoral research at the nexus of
agriculture/ food security and gender, and enrolled at accredited universities in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate how they are analysing gender perspectives and dimensions in agriculture and food security, and integrating them into their research.


In order to be eligible for the MLEx Programme, applicants must:

  1. be women below the age of 40 as at 1st January 2021
  2. be citizens of an African country
  3. be enrolled for their PhD at an accredited university in Kenya, Rwanda,Tanzania or Uganda
  4. be available to fully participate in the programme in 2021-2022


MLEx Programme beneficiaries will receive the following benefits:

  1. A stipend worth $500 for discretionary use
  2. Participation in Mawazo’s in-house virtual professional development and leadership training programme, MLEx
  3. Data bundles for supplementary internet connectivity to access and use MLEx
  4. Research and editorial support from the Mawazo staff and our partners
  5. Connections to mentors, as well as exposure to leaders from academia,industry, government and other sectors
  6. Visibility via Mawazo digital platforms and events


Applications will be considered complete when the following are provided:
• A completed online application form available for submission here
• A current 2-page CV
• A letter confirming current enrollment in an accredited PhD programme



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