The AAS nominates and elects individuals who have excelled in their fields of expertise as fellows and gives prizes to recognise scientists who have contributed to developing their fields in Africa. The programmes that recognise excellence are FELLOWSHIPS, AFFILIATES and THE OLUSEGUN OBASANJO PRIZE
The AAS Fellowships
There are three categories:
Fellows are Africans who may live in or outside the continent and are elected by AAS fellows based on achievements that include their publication record, innovations, leadership roles and contribution to policy.
Associate fellows are non-Africans who have contributed to the development of science on the continent.
Honorary fellows are eminent members of society who have helped the AAS to achieve its goals. Some of its prominent honorary fellows are Olusegun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria and Denis Sassou Nguesso, the President of the Republic of Congo.
The AAS’ 300 fellows are spread in 44 countries from across the globe.
Nominating a fellow
The AAS accepts nominations for fellows in the first quarter of each year. Nominations must be received by 31st March to be processed during that year. Nominations received after 31 March will be reviewed during the following year. Only current AAS fellows can submit nominations. Profiles of Fellows of the AAS are available on the AAS website. The recruitment process is as follows:
- Nominees must be informed and willing to be nominated by a Fellow/Associate Fellow of the AAS. Alternatively interested individuals may approach an AAS Fellow/Associate Fellow to nominate him/her. The nomination must also be seconded by a fellow/associate fellow of the AAS.
- At least one, either the nominator or the seconder, must be in the same or allied field as the nominee.
The nominator submits the nominee’s application on-line to the academy which consists of:
a. A completed AAS Fellows nomination form endorsed by the Nominator, Seconder and Nominee
b. Updated curriculum vitae of the nominee
c. At least five soft copies of the nominee’s best publications.
- The AAS secretariat then writes to the nominee’s referees and other independent referees for review and assessment.
- The full dossier (nomination form, full CV and soft copies of publications together with the referees’ reports) are sent to an AAS Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) for evaluation.
- The MAC recommendations will be submitted to the secretariat usually by 30 August.
- Then consensus building exchanges will take place over four weeks.
- After this the profiles of nominees who have been recommended by the MAC for fellowship are circulated to the AAS Fellows to vote in new members.
- The AAS Governing Council will thereafter review the MAC evaluation and Fellows’ votes and elect nominees to the AAS.
- Successful nominees are informed officially and congratulated by the end of the year. Nominators of candidates who are not successful are also informed of the outcome of their nominations.
- Newly elected members are inducted at a ceremony during the AAS General Assembly.
Honorary Fellows are elected from amongst persons of eminence who have made significant contribution to the objectives of the Academy. Under this category of fellowship, a candidate shall be nominated by a minimum of three Fellows and/or Associate Fellows and the nomination shall be reviewed and elected directly by the Governing Council.