Funded Mawazo Fellowship Program for African PhD Women in Kenya 2023

Written by catherine.caoile on March 3, 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    Agriculture and Related Sciences, Business and Management, Economics, Education, Engineering, Governance / Civil Society, Health Professions, Health Studies, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences
  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

    Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Expenses covered

    Monthly subsistence allowance, Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    [email protected].

African Women aiming to expand their research skills, knowledge, and professional development with the help of a fellowship program can now start their application for the 2023 Mawazo Fellowship Program. To help advance the research and expand the network for Ph.D. women in Africa, the Mawazo Fellowship Program offers a 15-month virtual training program for the academic year of 2023-2024.

Mawazo Fellowship Program 

This program supports African women Ph.D. students from across the African Continent with arising development issues and furnishes them with the following:

  • Virtual Training
  • Admittance to financial funding that supports research exercises, gathering travel, research interpretation, and cross-area joint efforts.
  • Mentorship

A 15-month training will be provided to the successful women applicants, the program is a non-residential fellowship where they can only participate through a virtual training program and mentorship. The training program will provide a development course that the Mawazo Institute will host. The Mawazo e-learning portal will be utilized for the duration of the program.

The fellows will benefit from enhancing their networks for the progress of their careers, financial support for their research, policy outreach, and public engagement activities which will increase their potential and visibility for an impact.

Fellowship Provider: Mawazo Institute 

About the Provider 

The Mawazo Institute is a women-driven association supporting early-vocation African ladies researchers to contribute significant proof-based arrangements and a basic point of view to their development needs.

Mawazo trusts African women who conduct PhDs are driven, innovative, scientific, and basic scholars, and as African ladies, they bring interesting and frequently neglected perspectives and voices to research and development. The institute accepts that they hold the way to driving imaginative, comprehensive, feasible development on the continent and beyond.

By preparing early-career African women researchers with fundamental non-specialized abilities, mentorship, and financing support (Mawazo Fellowship Program), and involving public commitment as well as essential correspondences and organizations with both scholar and non-scholastic accomplices (Mawazo Voices Program), the Institute set out and work with opportunities for them to become thought-leaders and change-makers in basic sectors and field.

Mawazo Institute program prepares women in Africa to direct great research on issues influencing the mainland’s development, set them up to send off effective careers in their field, and positions them to be thought leaders with impact both inside and outside the academic community.

They likewise give preparation and stages to their program recipients and other nearby specialists to ignite significant discussions and impact dynamics in the public circle. From the institution’s headquarters in Nairobi, they support the expert development of an expansive crowd of African researchers and specialists through our computerized stages.

Mawazo fellowship Program Thematic Course Areas 

For the fellowship session of 2023, the program will be supporting up to 40 women in the Ph.D. programs at any accredited African University. The Mawazo Institute encourages applicants who are currently admitted in the following areas:

  • Health Science
  • Information and Technology
  • Engineering and Energy
  • Governance, Gender Rights
  • Climate Change, Natural Resources, and the Environment
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Health Science
  • Business, Trade, and the Economy
  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Education and Pedagogy

Fellowship Summary 

  • Academic Year: 2023-2024
  • Applicant’s Nationality: Africa
  • Degree Level: Doctoral Degree
  • Number of Awards: 40
  • Duration: 15 months
  • Awards: Virtual training, mentorship, and financial support
  • Fellowship Country: Kenya
  • Renewable: No
  • Offered Annually: Yes


Interested applicants must meet the basic eligibility of the fellowship program:

  • Must be a woman and a citizen of the African country
  • Must have good communication skills in oral and written English
  • Must be admitted to an eligible university in Africa with a Ph.D. degree
  • Must have completed their coursework and already passed their graduate school or departments proposal defense
  • Must be able to demonstrate their Ph.D. research related to the development of Africa and relevant to the global, national, or regional issues
  • Must be able to demonstrate their big idea for the transformation of Africa through their research, and innovative solutions to provide help to Africa’s social challenges.
  • Must be able to demonstrate their leadership skills and a strong passion for their career or profession
  • Must be available to participate for the whole duration of the fellowship program

Application Process

The application can be completed in an online portal provided by the institute. The application form must be completed including the personal information of the applicants.

Keep in mind that applications made through email or submitted hard copies will not be accepted.

Required Materials

As part of the application process, the candidates are required to submit the following:

  • Completed online application form
  • A CV must be on 2 page
  • A letter that confirms the enrollment of the candidate in an accredited Ph.D. course.
  • recommendation letter from the Ph.D. Supervisor
  • recommendation letter from 2nd referee
  • A letter that confirms the completed course work.

For complete application instructions online, applicants may download the pdf form provided by the institute on their official page.

Selection Process 

All applications will be reviewed by the Mawazo Institute committee and staff, the successful applicants will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Their eligibility
  • Identifying the research and important implications for the program
  • Significant academics
  • Exhibit that their Ph.D. research has clear targets and is properly intended for the research questions being inquired
  • Compose a rundown of their Ph.D. research that is clear, concrete, and open to researchers outside their own field

Fellowship Awards 

40 successful fellows will be awarded for the academic year of 2023-2025, which will receive the following benefits:

  • Virtual training for 15 months
  • Mentorship and exposure to the leaders in the governments, academia, industry, and other sectors.
  • $2,500 USD for their fund research activities
  • $500 Living stipend
  • $150 Data bundles to help them access the MLEx online virtual training platform.
  • Editorial and research supports
  • and other related benefits

Application Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until March 12, 2023.

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