Women for Africa Foundation (FMxA) Science by Women Programme for African Women Researchers 2018 (Funded)


Women for Africa Foundation (FMxA) Science by Women Programme for African Women Researchers 2018 (Funded)

Deadline for Proposals submission September 30, 2018

Following the success of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Edition, the Women for Africa Foundation (FMxA), in line with its mission of contributing to the development of Africa through its women, is launching the 4th Edition of SCIENCE BY WOMEN programme, with the aim to promote African women’s leadership in scientific research and technology transfer and to foster the capacity of the research centres in their home countries. The main goal is to enable African women researchers and scientists to tackle the great challenges faced by Africa through research in health, agriculture and food security, water, energy and climate change, as well as mathematics and economic science.
Women’s lives are significantly affected by the repercussions of uncontrolled development; however, social, structural and economic barriers limit their capacity to tackle the great challenges faced by the continent. The gender disparities in science and technology in both the public and private spheres affect Africa’s population as a whole. Narrowing this gap, which has severe consequences on the balanced and sustainable development of African countries, is vital to achieve long-term progress and equal growing.
The programme´s ultimate goal is to enable African women researchers to play a leading role in the transition of Africa to a knowledge-based and innovation-led economy through research that can be transferred into products, processes, services and technologies having impact on people´s lives.
To achieve this ambitious goal, FMxA collaborates with the Spanish Centres of Excellence, whose prestige is unanimously recognized throughout Spain and internationally, thereby ensuring excellence in scientific research in various fields. In this 4th edition our associated research centres are:

Each of these centres will host 1 senior women researcher with at least 3 years of post-doctoral experience for a six-month fellowship. Applications will be subjected to a rigorous selection process, evaluating the academic merits and leadership of the applicants as well as the scientific quality and expected impact of their research projects. Selected candidates will receive training and integration in a dynamic, multidisciplinary and highly competitive working team, where they will be able to develop their research projects and acquire complementary skills, empowering them to transfer their research results into tangible economic and social benefits.

Eligibility Requirements:
Any person who meets the following requirements can apply:
Being a woman
Having the nationality of an African country
Having a PhD with at least 3 years of post-doctoral professional experience
Current contractual relationship with a university or a public or private non-profit organization based in Africa dedicated to significant scientific research in the areas indicated above
Excellent academic record and proven track of relevant research experience
Solid working knowledge of English
Proven experience leading a research group

Benefits:
Successful candidates will have access to the following benefits:
Return flight from their centre of origin to the host institution
Living allowance of 2.400 Euros (before taxes) per month to cover accommodation, personal expenses and health and occupational accident insurance coverage.
Beneficiaries must devote themselves entirely to research at the assigned research centre and may not be beneficiaries of any other fellowship, grant, stipend or regular income during their research stay.

How to Apply:
The deadline for applications is September 30, 2018. Only applications submitted in English via the Science by Women microsite at www.mujeresporafrica.es will be accepted.
Candidates must submit the following documents:
Letter of Interest (max. 1 page)
Full curriculum vitae
Fully filled form
Brief but concise desc

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