The deadline for submission of applications shall be the 9th of September each year. Applications and their supporting documents should be submitted to the following address NOT by Fax or E-mail:
To: The Director, Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Union Commission, Roosevelt Street, P. O. Box 3243, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The Commission of the African Union is committed to support the use and development of science in Africa and has initiated with its key development partners the African Union Scientific Award Programme. In July 2010, the African Union Heads of State and Government took a decision to rename this Programme as “African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards”. This decision reflects and underscores a success story and the critical role of science and technology in the development and integration of Africa. The objective of this programme is to award Cash Prizes and Recognition Certificates to excelling African researchers for their achievements in Earth and Life Sciences, and Basic, Science, Technology and Innovation sectors.
Please review the links to the documents below for detailed information.
Definitions of Awards
For the purpose of this award the following definitions shall apply:
Scientific awards are one-time monetary prizes that are given to outstanding African scientists for their scientific achievements and valuable discoveries and findings
Life and Earth Science: embraces all sciences related to the planet earth, covering (but not limited to) the following disciplines, geology, geophysics and geodesy. On the other hand, we regard Life Sciences to encompass all sciences that have to do with ‘organisms’, like plants, animals and human .This may be Agro‐technology, Animal Science, Plant Science, Biotechnology, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Food Sciences, Medicine, and Tissue Engineering to mention a few.
Basic, Science, Technology and Innovation: category will consist of all other sciences, technologies and innovations excluding those covered within Earth and life Sciences category. These may include, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, civil etc), Artificial Intelligence, Material Sciences, Manufacturing and Production Technologies, Metallurgy, Textiles, Energy and Innovations etc.
Organization of Awards
The African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award Programme shall be organized at three levels:
- Regional; and
One award per each of the following scientific sector shall be given out at each level:
a) Life and Earth Sciences; and
b) Basic Science, Technology and Innovation
The awards to be covered under this scheme are:
(i) AU-TWAS National Young Scientists Award at the National Level;
(ii) African Union Regional Women Scientists Award at the AU Regional Level; and
(iii) Continental Scientific Award at the continental level.
Depending on organizational exigencies, the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award Programme may be limited to one or several disciplines in any of these two sectors.
The deadline for submission of applications shall be the 9th of September each year.
For any inquiries and or clarifications, please contact the secretariat of African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award Programme. For equal treatment answers to various questions will be posted on the AU Commission official website for this programme:
Or visit the AU Commission official website: http://www. africa-union.org/ or http://www.africahrst.org/