The Mawazo Institute, a non-profit research institute based in Nairobi, Kenya, is

seeking nominees for its upcoming ‘AFRICAN WOMEN IN SCIENCE E-BOOK’ in 2021.

This E-book will profile African women who are using science to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is looking for exceptional female African researchers, practitioners, innovators, educators, tinkerers and makers of all stripes who are helping the public and decision-makers navigate the current crises.

This includes women who are working on research into the virus and its vaccines, as well as those engineering policy solutions that help mitigate the socio-economic and political effects of the pandemic, and much more.

Nominees’ work will have a focus on building long-term resilience to future crises

on the continent, and will showcase the many ways that African women engage in

science, and the deep influence of science over our daily lives.

In defining ‘science’ as inclusively as possible, Mawazo sees science as encompassing the broad fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) as well as the Social and Behavioral Sciences (including fields such as sociology, economics, geography, psychology, anthropology and political science).

This list is not exhaustive, so we encourage you to submit your nominations if you feel that the work meets its other criteria.

Worth of Award

  • The selected scientists will have their work and profiles featured in a digital

    media campaign and a commemorative e-publication. Finalists will also have their profiles shared on Mawazo’s digital and social media

    platforms, giving them an opportunity to attract new partners to their work, and

    raise their public profiles.
  • The media campaign will run across Mawazo Institute platforms and those of her partner organisations.
  • Scientists may also be selected to highlight their work and scientific journey on other Mawazo platforms and events, including the Nairobi Ideas Podcast, and receive compensation for this.


Nominees must be:

  • Citizens of an African country
  • Women
  • Passionate leaders and visionaries within their fields or society at large

How to Apply

Nomination forms are available online and scientists may nominate themselves

or be nominated by others.

Deadline: Nominations close on Friday, February 5, 2021, at 5:00 PM (East African Time).

Click here for more details and to apply