University of Pretoria/Global Young Academy Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) 2017

University of Pretoria/Global Young Academy Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) 2017

The ASLP is an initiative of the University of Pretoria in partnership with the Global Young Academy, funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. It serves early-­to mid-­‐career researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities.

The programme aims to grow mid-­‐career African academics in the areas of thought leadership, team development, engagement and collaboration, with the intention of enabling them to solve the complex issues that face both Africa and the global community.

The leadership programme:
• Identifies early-­‐ to mid-­‐career academics who have demonstrated leadership potential
and an interest in developing key leadership skills
• Supports them to apply the acquired skills to projects that are relevant to the academic
development on the continent and its impact on society
• Creates a network of academic leaders on the continent, spanning not only across countries, but also across disciplinary boundaries
• Advances a curriculum for academic leadership development, which can be utilised in
institutions in Africa and beyond.

Programme Structure

The programme will use a highly interactive approach to training, application of skills to a leadership project, peer support, and mentorship. Fellows will attend an initial 5 day,
intensive on-­‐site programme in Pretoria, South Africa from 22-­‐27 March 2017 (departing on the 28th).

The process will involve an approach that cycles between theory, application and
reflection. Participants will be challenged to work collaboratively to design initiatives
that advance a new paradigm for African science.

The training will cover:
• Core elements of collective leadership
• Creative and systems thinking
• Development of effective networks
• Stakeholder engagement for change
• Maximising the efficiency and impact of collaborative efforts
• Advanced dialogue and communication skills
• Effective problem solving and decision making


The following criteria are used as a guide for the nomination and selection of fellows:
• A PhD degree or equivalent qualification;
• A faculty or a continuing research position at a research institution;
• Active in research and teaching at an African institution of higher education or research;
• A sustained record of outstanding scientific outputs;
• Interest in translating and communicating the results of their work for impact in society;
• Demonstrated leadership ability in research and beyond;


  • The costs incurred during the workshop (training, relevant travel, meals and accommodation) will be covered by the programme.
  • In March 2018, fellows will complete their projects and present them at the second
    in-­‐person training, which will consist of 3 days.

Application Procedure;

  • All applicants have to provide two support letters by academic referees (details are provided in the application form).
  • One of the two referees has to commit to be involved in future communications and mentorship in case of selection of the applicant into the programme.
  • This referee will be informed about the progress of the fellow and should be willing to
    support the fellow if he or she requires it.
  • All applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by representatives of the University of
    Pretoria, the Global Young Academy, national young academies, and ASLP Management.
  • The ASLP Management team will make the final selection of candidates.


  • 16 December 2016 : Applications close
  • 27 January 2017 : Outcome letters sent to applicants
  • 21 March 2017 : Arrival of fellows, to begin training on the 22nd

Download 2017 ASLP Call

Download 2017 ASLP Application Form

Deadline for applications: 12pm UTC on 16 December 2016

If you have any questions/queries, please email