Apply! AIMS-NEI Fellowship for Women in Climate Change Science ($35,000)

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Apply! AIMS-NEI Fellowship for Women in Climate Change Science ($35,000)

Climate change poses a significant danger to human lives. Effects of global warming including frequent intense heatwaves and droughts, which heighten food insecurity and cause health problems in many parts of the globe, particularly in Africa, have been documented.

In a bid to support ongoing efforts to fight climate change and promote inclusion, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) is inviting interested female scientists to apply for the third round of the AIMS-NEI Fellowships for Women in Climate Change Science.

Why this program?

The AIMS-NEI Fellowship Program for Women in Climate Change Science (WiCCS) seeks to increase women’s participation in and contribution to a more sustainable societal response to climate change.

Powered by a grant from the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada, and financial support from the Government of Canada, through Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the program is part of a broader effort by AIMS-NEI to build the intellectual capital needed to understand the causes of climate change in Africa.

It also aims to solve the myriad challenges to Africa’s development resulting from climate change.

Fellowship prize

The AIMS-NEI Fellowship is worth up to USD $35,000. The exact amount of the fellowship will be specified at the time of the award.

Successful Fellows will be paid this amount in three installments in accordance with a schedule that will be defined at the time of the award.

Beneficiaries of the cash must submit accurate banking details using the form provided to avoid undue delays in receiving their fellowship payments.


To be eligible for participation, you must be:

  • female;
  • a Ph.D. holder in a quantitative discipline, including but not limited to applied mathematics, climatology, physics, computational chemistry, statistical ecology, computer science, theoretical biology, and engineering;
  • currently employed, either on a temporary or permanent basis, in a non-profit work environment, including government;
  • actively involved in research, policy, and/or practice relevant to climate change modeling, mitigation, adaptation, and/or resilience among others; and
  • the lead and/or senior author of at least one refereed publication on a topic relevant to climate change modeling, the causative factors of climate change, climate change mitigation, adaptation, and/or resilience, etc.
Evaluation criteria

All applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee members based on three criteria:

(a) Quality of applicant: academic qualifications; quality of publications; experience in climate change-related work; real-world impact and recognition of prior work (e.g. through awards).

(b) Quality of proposed project: relevance to climate change modeling, practice, and policy; strength of connection to the mathematical sciences; experience of the applicant in project topic; quality of project design; feasibility; suitability of proposed host institution environment and of named collaborator; quality and realism of budget projections.

(c) Potential impact of the proposed project on scientific knowledge, practice, and policy.

How to apply

To apply for the AIMS-NEI Fellowship, kindly complete the online application form and submit, attaching the following documents:

  • a completed personal details form, including a detailed budget for all non-project-related activities;
  • a completed project proposal form, including a detailed budget for all project-related activities;
  • a curriculum vitae; and
  • an electronic copy of a representative publication in climate change modeling, its causes, climate change mitigation, adaptation, and/or resilience in which the applicant is the lead and/or senior author.

Submissions close on Saturday, July 31, 2021.

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