Pan-African science body unveils fellowships to boost research based growth

NAIROBI, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) — The Nairobi-based Africa Academy of Sciences (AAS) said it will award post-doctoral fellowships to seven early career researchers in the continent to help them come up with solutions that promote sustainable development.

AAS said in a statement issued on Friday evening that the young African scientists will benefit from financial support to pursue advanced studies in disciplines that promote sustainable development like health and environment.

“The trainees will receive funding to tackle antimicrobial resistance, discover drugs for cancer and skin diseases, contribute knowledge to conserve woodlands and develop low cost alloys used for military and civic applications, aircraft, bicycles and medical devices,” said AAS.

It revealed that the young researchers drawn from Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda will benefit from three to six months academic visits and mentorships at institutions outside their native countries.

The new capacity development support for early career African scientists was unveiled ahead of World Science Day for Peace and Development that was observed on November 10.

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