WomEng and the Royal Academy of Engineering are offering applications for the Africa Innovation Fellowship to develop the talent pipeline for future cohorts of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Innovation Fellowship is a nine-month leadership and business development opportunity for female African innovators with an early stage engineering innovation or startup.

WomEng is primarily an authentic value-driven organization for women in engineering by women engineers, who have developed the program to address the issues faced by women in the field of engineering.

Level/Field of Study

The fellowship open for any degree level program

Host Institution/Country

Royal Academy of Engineering, UK

Value/Duration of Award

 The fellowship will be awarded in the subjects offered by the university.

Target Group

Students from the following countries :
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland/eSwatini, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


  • Applicants must be female individuals or small groups with a female lead applicant.
  • Individual applicants must be citizens of a country within Sub-Saharan Africa*. For teams of two or more, the lead applicant must be a citizen of a country within Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The innovation must be based in a country in Sub-Saharan Africa. 
  • Applicants must have an engineering innovation, though are not required to be an engineering graduate or student themselves.
  • Industrial researchers and establishments are not eligible to apply.
  • The lead applicant must be over the age of 18. There is no upper age limit.
  • The applicant’s innovation can be any new product, technology or service, based on research in engineering defined in its broadest sense to encompass a wide range of fields, including: agricultural technology, biotechnology, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, design engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, ICT, materials science, mechanical engineering, and medical engineering. If you are in any doubt that your area of expertise would be considered engineering, then please contact aif@womeng.orgto discuss your application.
  • Applicants should have an early stage engineering innovation and/or startup that:
    • Will bring social and/or environmental benefits to a country/countries in Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Is accompanied by an ambitious but realistic business plan which is near-ready or has been tested for commercial viability
    • Has strong potential to be replicated and scaled up.

How to Apply

To apply, the applicants must submit an online application through the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNX7EOhFJT6d5aLkTY-GDeMLXyX7xeSTug50mrTMSKzHeVZg/viewform

Application deadline is April 1, 2019.

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