African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence

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African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence

The African Union Commission is pleased to announce the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence (AUKNASE). These awards are open for the African scientist of the African Union (AU) member states.

The objective is to give out science awards to top African scientists for their achievements and valuable discoveries and findings in science, technology, and innovation.

The African Union Commission is committed to ensuring that science, technology, and innovation contribute to our sustainable development efforts. The Constitutive Act, establishing the African Union, recognizes the need to advance the development of Africa by promoting research in all fields, and in science and technology in particular.

Who May Eligible:

To be eligible for the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Nominees shall be African scientists who have made remarkable achievements, demonstrated by the number of publications, number of trained research graduate students, the applicability of the scientific work to Africa’s challenges, and its patentability.
  • The award is intended to recognize those who demonstrate excellence in research of relevance to the developmental needs of the continent.
  • Only nationals of the African Union (AU) the Member States are eligible to participate in these Awards
  • African Union geographical regional distribution of Member States:
    • Central Africa: Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Congo (DRC), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sao Tome & Principe
    • Eastern Africa: Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda
    • Northern Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Tunisia, and The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
    • West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo
    • Southern Africa: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • For the Regional Award: for Women Scientists, applicants should have nominators with a Ph.D. degree, if it is an Academic in a university must at least have a rank of Associate Professor. There is no age limit for this award. The nominee should meet at least three of the following:
    • Must have published at least five articles in journals (with the impact factor greater than 1.0) 4.4.2 Must appear as senior/corresponding author in at least three of the five articles
    • Must at least have a minimum H-index of 5
    • Must have at least one international or two national patents registered
    • Must have supervised or co-supervised at least 5 Ph.D. students
    • Must have won an international grant as a principal investigator
    • Must have written a review article in her field of specialization
  • For the Continental Award: is open to all African pioneer scientists, applicants should have nominees with a Ph.D. degree if the nominee is an Academic in a university must at least have a rank of Associate Professor. There is no age limit for this award. The nominee should meet at least four of the following:
    • Must have published in journals (at least 20 articles with the impact factor greater than 1.0) 4.5.2 Must appear as senior/corresponding author in at least 15 of the 25 articles
    • Must have a minimum H-index of 25
    • Must have at least two international or four national patents registered
    • Must have supervised or co-supervised at least 10 Ph.D. students
    • Must have won an international grant as a principal investigator
    • Must have written a review article in his/her field of specialization

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To apply, the applicants must download the application and submit by physical courier with all the supporting documents to the following address:

The Officer in Charge AU Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence 2018 Edition, Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology African Union Commission Roosevelt Street P. O. Box 3243 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Rules:

  • Nominations may be declined due to the following:
    • Nominations which do not focus on specific contributions, but rather list lifetime achievements
    • Self-nomination will not be accepted
    • Dossiers are not complete and/or all supporting document/s are not included or not attached
    • If the same work has received an AUKNASE
    • If their Member State is under AU sanctions in conformity with a decision taken by the AU relevant policy organ
    • If they are employees of any an AU organ or employees of the Regional Economic Communities
  • Online nominations (on the online system) will be invited from any institution on the continent, from universities, research institutions, professional bodies, academics, industrial establishments, and so on.
  • Nominations may be received from:
    • Individuals who may be senior individuals of the same or higher rank than the nominee;
    • Heads of institutions who may have their own formalized procedure for the nomination, chairpersons of committees who review the achievements of scientists in their institutions;
  • The nominator is required to show the importance and impact of the research of the applicant.
  • The focus will be on the quality of the work and not necessarily the number of publications.
  • The nominator should provide a narrative presentation (up to five pages) of the importance, relevance, quality, and impact of the work.
  • A full CV, as well as 5-10 copies of best publications, is to be submitted together with the Nomination Form.

Benefits:

  • Continental Level where two awards of USD 100,000 are given to African pioneer scientists
  • Regional Level where two African women scientists per each of the five geographical regions of Africa are given USD 20,000 each, and
  • National Level dedicated to young African researchers, where two prizes are given per country and the value of the prizes is determined by the African Union Commission

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is November 10, 2018, at 17:00 hours Addis Ababa time.

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