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AAP African Futures Research Leadership Program


The Alliance for African Partnership has welcomed our second cohort of African Futures Scholars July 2021.

  • This competitive postdoctoral program targets early career women researchers from the AAP member institutions
  • Applicants choose an MSU faculty mentor that aligns with their research area from the list of potential mentors and indicate their preferred mentor in their application.
  • Selected scholars will spend one year at Michigan State University working with mentors from their home institution and MSU
  • With mentor guidance, scholars will participate in research for impact, writing of scholarly and/or policy publications, dissemination of research results and grant proposals
  • Home institution mentors will spend a week at MSU, and MSU mentors will spend a week at scholars' home institution to continue research collaboration

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 The first Cohort of African Futures Scholars at MSU in Fall of 2019



This program is designed to address the gender gap of researchers in Africa. On average, women only make up 30% of all active researchers across the continent. Our objective is to train a cadre of African researchers who, upon return to their home institutions at the end of the program, become scientific leaders in their community, help solve Africa's challenges, and become trainers of the next generation. These researchers will sustain their institution's partnership with MSU into the future as they continue their research careers.


Success Stories

Our previous cohort of African Futures Scholars brought eight early-career female researchers in Fall of 2019. At the end of their year at Michigan State University, the scholars had engaged with their work alongside mentors and built lasting connections. Each scholar shared their findings and experiences during the Dissemination Workshop.

Check out our Story Behind The Scholar video series to learn more about our current cohort of scholars and their work.

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African Futures Cohort 2 Timeline

July 2021-June 2022

Applications for cohort 3 will go live Spring 2022.


Please contact Jose Jackson-Malete at jacks184(at) or 517-884-8587 with any questions.