We recognise excellence through the election of Fellows and Affiliates and science prizes to honour outstanding scientists
The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) accepts nominations for fellows in the first quarter of each year. A nomination call is sent out to all AAS Fellows/Associate Fellows at the beginning 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/Associate Fellows can submit nominations. Profiles of Fellows of the AAS are available on the AAS website. The recruitment process is as follows:
Profiles of Fellows of the AAS are available on the AAS website. The recruitment process is as follows:
Honorary Fellows are elected from 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 the nominee elected directly by the Governing Council.
The AAS Fellowships
One of the core mandates of AAS is to recognise excellence and one of the ways it does this is by electing scholars who have excelled in their fields of expertise as its members. The AAS Fellowship comprises individuals who have reached the highest level of excellence in their field of expertise and have made contributions to the advancement of the field on the continent. The AAS Fellows are elected based on their achievements that include their publication, record, innovations, leadership roles and contribution to policy.
There are three categories:
Fellows are elected from among active African scientists residing in Africa or elsewhere and who have attained the highest international standards and/or who have made significant contributions to the development and application of science, technology and innovation in Africa.
Associate fellows are elected from among active and outstanding non-African scientists residing elsewhere or in Africa and who have made significant contributions to the development of science, technology and innovation in Africa.
Honorary fellows are elected from amongst eminent members of society who have made significant contribution to the objectives of the Academy
Non-African scientists who have taken citizenship of an African nation will be treated as Fellows. Africa-born scientists who may have taken citizenship outside Africa will be considered as Fellows.
Nominations for the AAS Affiliates programme open in the first quarter of the year.
Institutional leaders or AAS fellows and associate fellows must submit the nominations through the AAS’ regional offices in North, South, West, Central and East Africa. See About the AAS for details of contact people in the five regional offices.
The AAS Affiliates programme
THE AAS AFFILIATES PROGRAMME MENTORS AND DEVELOPS EMINENT YOUNG PROFESSIONALS INTO RESEARCH LEADERS. EVERY YEAR THE AAS SELECTS 25 AFFILIATES– FIVE FROM EACH REGION¬¬ – WHO ARE BELOW THE AGE OF 40, HAVE PHDS AND PREFERABLY DOCTORAL EXPERIENCE WORK IN ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS IN ANY FIELD.
The call for nominations for this year’s Fellowship will be announced in May 2019.
The AAS regional offices receive and evaluate nominations for prospective affiliates, which they send to the Governing Council for approval. Successful nominees are designated as AAS Affiliates for five years. During the five years, the AAS organises activities to develop the Affiliates’ careers that include:
The late Prof Philippe Rasoanaivo, a phytochemist from Madagascar won the Olusegun Obasanjo Prize in 2015 for using traditional medicine to improve efficacy of existing drugs for brain disorders and also treating sexual dysfunction among men.
Viness Pillay, a Professor in pharmacy at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand, received the Obasanjo prize in 2013 for his pioneering work in developing the RapiDiss Wafer Technology, an oral formula for administering ARVs to children.
Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim
Slim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim Salim Abdool Karim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim received the inaugural Olusegun Obasanjo Prize for Scientific Discovery and Technological Innovation in 2011 for their highly acclaimed work on the use of the microbicide, Tenofovir gel, to prevent HIV infection and genital herpes in women. Salim Abdool Karim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim both work for the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa as Director and Associate Scientific Director, respectively.
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The Olusegun Obasanjo Prize
THE PRIZE IS GIVEN EVERY TWO YEARS AND CARRIES A CASH PRIZE, MEDAL AND A CERTIFICATE. IT IS NAMED IN HONOUR OF HIS EXCELLENCY CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO, THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, IN RECOGNITION OF HIS EXEMPLARY STATESMANSHIP AND HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF SCIENCE ON THE CONTINENT.
The prize is given to a scientist in any of these fields:
Winners are individuals whose scientific discoveries or technological innovations have helped to improve their societies.