African Academies Diaspora Fellows Program

Key Contacts

Congratulations to the seven grantees of the African Academies Diaspora Fellows Program!

Burundi Council of Young Scientists
Using Science, Technology and Innovation to Improve Nutrition and Promote Sustainable Agriculture to Achieve Food Security
Host Academy Lead: David Niyukuri, Co-Chair
Diaspora Fellow: Emery Nibigira, Blaise Pascal University, France; Secretary, Burundi Council of Young Scientists

Ghana Young Academy
Development of a 5-Year Strategic Plan for the Ghana Young Academy
Host Academy Lead: Priscilla Kolibea Mante, Co-Chair
Diaspora Fellow: Alice Matimba, Wellcome Genome Campus, UK; Member, Global Young Academy

Académie Nationale des Sciences et Techniques du Sénégal
Creation of a Database of the Skills of the Senegalese Diaspora and Definition of a Strategy of Their Mobilization for the Development of Senegal
Host Academy Lead: Mam Binta Gaye, Administrateur de programmes
Diaspora Fellow: Mahamadou Lamine Sagna, Schiller International University, France

Nigerian Academy of Science
Combatting Drug Abuse and Antibiotic Resistance: A Public Lecture
Host Academy Lead: Oladoyin Odubanjo, Executive Secretary
Diaspora Fellow: Sunny E. Ohia, Texas Southern University, USA; Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Science

Nigerian Young Academy
Multidisciplinary Research: A Cornerstone for Sustainable Development
Host Academy Lead: Tope Olomola, President
Diaspora Fellow: David Mba, De Montfort University, UK; Foreign Member, Nigerian Academy of Science; Foreign Member, African Academy of Science

South Africa Young Academy of Sciences
Building Science and Policy Capacities of Young Academies of Science
Host Academy Lead: Edith Shikumo, Secretariat
Saleem Badat, The Andrew W Mellon Foundation, USA; Member, Academy of Science of South Africa; Board Member, South Africa Young Academy of Sciences

Sudanese National Academy of Sciences (SNAS)
Developing Approaches for the Incorporation of Nanotechnology in the Science and Engineering Education in the Sudan
Host Academy Lead: Mohamad H A Hassan, President
Diaspora Fellow: Osama O. Awadelkarim, Pennsylvania State University, USA; Fellow, Sudanese National Academy of Sciences



The InterAcademy Partnership’s Project on Harnessing Science, Engineering, and Medicine to Address Africa’s Challenges is conducting a pilot program that aims to enable African academies of science, medicine or engineering to invite members of the African Diaspora to work with them on policy initiatives and/or other activities designed to strengthen the host academy. Officers of any senior or young academy in any country in Africa are eligible to apply for funds to invite a Diaspora fellow for visits of 7 days or longer. It is the responsibility of the host academy to identify a member of the African Diaspora to participate in the proposed project. Members of the Diaspora may also initiate the process by approaching a national academy in Africa to express interest in collaborating, but the proposal must be submitted by the host academy. Diaspora fellows must be full or foreign members of a senior or young national academy of science, medicine or engineering anywhere in the world, or of TWAS, or of the Global Young Academy.