The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), leads other Universities in Africa in the inaugural cohort for the African Futures Leadership Program sponsored by the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP), an initiative of the Michigan State University.
The candidates of UNN clinched three out of the eight available Post Doctoral Fellowship (PDF) slots.
The Career Fellows will spend one year at the Michigan State University (MSU) for their Post Doctoral Fellowship (PDF) which is an all expenses paid programme.
According to Prof. Anthonia Achike, AAP’s focal person for UNN, the candidates were selected out of eight applicants from the University of Nigeria and a total of nineteen applicants from different African universites who are members of the APP consortium.
Achike, who attracted the partnership to UNN, made it known that the remaining five slots were won by other candidates from other African universities.
In a statement by APP’s Communication Officer, Justin Rabineau revealed mentors and early career researchers were selected based on how their work aligned with APP’s six priority areas which include, Agri-food systems; Water; Energy and Environment; Youth Empowerment; Education; Culture and Health and Nutrition.
He stated that the successful candidates would be jointly supervised by Faculty members from UNN and MSU while the mentorship will focus on research for impact, writing of scholarly and policy publications, dissemination of research results and grant proposals.
According to Rabineau, the main objective of the fellowship Program is to train a cadre of African researchers that will return to their home institution and become scientific leaders in their communities, to solve Africa’s challenges, and in turn become trainers of the next generation of African scholars.
The APP consortium, led by MSU, is partnering with over nine African Universities. The consortium targets to solve current global problems in a way that is sustainable, effective and equitable.