We recognise excellence through the election of Fellows and Affiliates and science prizes to honour outstanding scientists
The AAS accepts nominations for Fellows in the first half of each year. A nomination call is sent out to all The AAS Fellows and Associate Fellows. A notification also goes out to non-Fellows informing them of the open call. Only current AAS Fellows and Associate Fellows can submit nominations. Self nomination is not accepted but, as indicated below, interested individuals may request a Fellow or Associate Fellow of The AAS to nominate them. The call remains open for two months.
The AAS reiterates its goal to admit more women into the Fellowship. All Fellows are expected to nominate at least one woman and women Fellows are highly encouraged to nominate two women. The nomination process is as follows:
Nominations are submitted on The AAS Ishango Online System.
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 after review by the Governance and Nominations sub-committee.
The AAS Fellowships
One of the core mandates of the African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) is to recognise excellence and 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 African continent. Fellows of The AAS are elected based on their achievements that include their publication record, innovations, leadership roles and contribution to society. Election into The AAS Fellowship is done through a rigorous review process.
Categories of Fellows
Although the term “Fellow” is used generally to refer to all those elected into The AAS Fellowship, the Fellowship has three categories.
Fellowswho 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 fellowswho 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 researchers, as well as the development of science, technology and innovation in Africa.
Non-African scientists who have taken citizenship of an African nation and Africa-born scientists who may have taken citizenship outside Africa will be considered under the category, ‘Fellows’.
Honorary fellows who are elected from amongst persons of eminence who have made significant contribution to the objectives of the Academy.
There is no age limit and candidates may be elected from all disciplines. The AAS has clustered the various disciplines into ten clusters:
To be considered for nomination, candidates for The AAS Fellowship must:
The Affiliates Programme recognizes and supports the development of promising African early and mid-career scientists into world class research leaders who contribute to the Academy’s vision of transforming lives through sciences. By supporting young scholars’ professional growth pathways, and nurturing enabling research environments, the programme meets a significant need in African higher education and research institutions of supporting African-based scholars to become independent thinkers and leaders who can generate new ideas, knowledge, and innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges. Thus, through the Affiliates programme, The AAS plays a catalytic and supportive role to the African states and their sub-regional institutions in their responsibility to attract, support and retain excellent researchers who contribute to the continent’s development agenda.
We currently have 87 Affiliates from 16 African countries and from across all disciplines. Affiliates of The AAS are selected from among young promising African scientists who have demonstrated prowess in the development and application of science in Africa. Starting 2019, up to 40 Affiliates will be selected from all disciplines and from all the five regions of Africa. On being selected, Affiliates receive for a period of five years, career development support, mentorship, networking opportunities, as well as support for an enabling research environment in their home institutions.
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 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 designation of ‘Affiliate of The AAS’ is a meritorious recognition awarded after competitive evaluation and review by a designated body of peer reviewers and a final approval by the AAS Governing Council. This designation is held for a period of five years and there is no direct progression from Affiliate to Fellow of the Academy. During the five years, Affiliates benefit from the following:
The AAS Affiliates live out the Academy’s vision of transforming lives through sciences in their research and leadership excellence. They actively contribute to the programme activities while also motivating other young researchers to pursue scientific excellence. The programme accelerates their transition into independent researchers and enhances their contribution to innovations, policy engagement, mentorship, interdisciplinary collaboration and research management. Consequentially, we envision that the Affiliates’ professional growth will contribute to strengthening their institution’s scientific capacity.
Prospective candidates must meet the following requirements:
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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.