LE PROGRAMME DES AMBASSADEURS NEF

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS IS NOW OPEN!

NEXT EINSTEIN FORUM AMBASSADORS PROGRAM 2022-2024

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) is excited to announce a call for applications for its new cohort of NEF Ambassadors (2022-2024). The ideal candidates are young Africans who are champions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and Social Sciences in their respective countries.

Application deadline: October 24th, 2022, 23:59 (GMT+2)

The call for applications is now open

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) is a public engagement initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). Launched in 2013, the NEF was born out of a recognition that there was no gathering on African soil where the very best actors had the opportunity to come together from their diverse communities of science, industry, civil society, and policy, from Africa and around the world, to leverage science for global development. Further, there was no platform where topics were addressed strategically and holistically, with opportunities for cross-fertilization. In existing forums, the public is often ignored in the design and outcomes of the forums. Women, young people and persons with disabilities were often significantly underrepresented in participation and/or speaking opportunities at such forums.

The NEF has four pillars including the NEF Global Gatherings, NEF Policy Work, the NEF Platform, and the NEF Community of Scientists. The NEF also has two cross-cutting commitments: the commitment to scientific excellence that speaks to both research and education and a commitment to gender equity.  The NEF Ambassadors are young STEM champions under 42 years, one from each African country, who drive the NEF’s public engagement activities. These activities include the NEF Africa Science Week program while growing their own careers through the NEF’s partnerships that offer opportunities for mentorship and collaborations with established researchers. The NEF Ambassadors have a 2-year mandate.

  • Must be 42 years of age or less (Born on/after 1 January 1980);
  • Resident and citizen of an African country with a history of leadership and engagement in the residing community;
  • Advanced studies or professional certificates, personal projects, demonstrated entrepreneurial and innovation achievements, and similar—a PhD is not necessarily required;
  • Applicants are encouraged from all fields of STEM, including basic sciences, health sciences as well as social science fields;
  • Outstanding writing and critical thinking capabilities, and be comfortable working in a collaborative environment;
  • Demonstrated passion for raising Africa’s profile in STEM and/or social sciences;
  • Having an active work/study profile demonstrated through an active online and/or social media presence; and
  • Capable de communiquer couramment en anglais et en français devant un public.

Please fill out this application form if you meet the criteria to become a NEF Ambassador.

Act as a NEF Ambassador representing your own country at NEF events:

  • Attend the prestigious, invitation-only NEF Global Gathering alongside Nobel Prize winners, Heads of State and Government, and representatives from leading global corporations and civic society. Ambassadors will receive paid travel expenses to the NEF Global Gathering event;
  • Participate in interviews, panels, and the showcasing of research, NEF work, and articles on STEM and innovation, among other events during/following the NEF Global Gathering;
  • Organize the annual NEF Africa Science Week in their respective countries;
  • Write original content and cross-post content for the NEF, including but not limited to blog articles, news updates on STEM in one’s local community, profiles of scientists in your community, and other activities to promote the NEF;
  • Be part of the NEF Community of Scientists;
  • Talk positively about the NEF to people whenever you can;
  • Actively promote the NEF to your social media following and regularly contribute ideas to the NEF team about ways to keep the online community informed and interested in the NEF;
  • You are expected to spend a total of between 1 to 2 hours per week writing, editing, posting updates, news and articles related to STEM in Africa and the NEF, and conversing with NEF Fellows and the scientific community at large. The hours may increase during the week of the NEF Global Gathering and the Africa Science Week;
  • Make presentations to students, audiences, special classes and events about the NEF and STEM in Africa; and
  • Other responsibilities suggested and recommended by you.
  • Attend the prestigious, invitation-only NEF Global Gathering alongside Nobel Prize winners, Heads of State and Government, and representatives from leading global corporations and civic society. Ambassadors will receive paid travel expenses to the NEF Global Gathering event;
  • Participate in interviews, panels, and the showcasing of research, NEF work, and articles on STEM and innovation, among other events during/following the NEF Global Gathering;
  • Have the opportunity to organize the annual NEF Africa Science Week in your country;
  • NEF Ambassadors will receive significant exposure to the NEF readership community;
  • Have the opportunity to network with other experts, NEF Ambassadors and NEF Fellows, as well as top scientists, social scientists and technology leaders from around the world;
  • Become a member of the prestigious NEF Community of Scientists;
  • After completing your tenure, have the opportunity to apply for the NEF Fellows program;
  • Have the opportunity to influence STEM and innovation policy through NEF articles and documents and share their own work; and
  • Get the chance to pitch their own projects and ideas to high-profile NEF members and contribute to the establishment of a positive global view of science in Africa.

A panel of eminent scientists including members of the NEF Scientific Program Committee (SPC) will do the selection. The selection process will aim for the following

  • At least 40% of selected NEF Ambassadors are women;
  • The applicant must be in their country of residence during the program; and
  • The scoring process will take into account the following:
  • (20%)—Advanced studies or professional certificates, personal projects, demonstrated entrepreneurial achievements and similar—a PhD is not necessarily required
    • Qualifications académiques exceptionnelles, telles que déterminées par les normes de la discipline académique de référence. Voici des exemples de réalisations remarquables :
      • Publication record;
      • Prizes and other awards, such as especially distinguished fellowships or memberships in prestigious academic circles (for example, in high-ranking committees, bodies, academies, etc.);
      • Independently raised funding from outside sources in a competitive process;
      • Number of patents; and
      • The type and number of invited talks at international conferences.
  • (20%)—Demonstrated passion for promoting the sciences, including STEM or social science in Africa;
  • (20%)—Outstanding writing and keen critical thinking capabilities, and be comfortable working in a collaborative environment and the ability to clearly communicate to an audience in English or French;
  • (30%)—You must have an active presence either on one of the social media channels or in a reputable organization in your community. This criterion involves having a strong audience and consistent engagement with your followers; and
  • (10%)—Other distinctive characteristics.

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FAQs

The program requires NEF Ambassadors for each country to be residing in the country of citizenship they will be representing during their 2-year tenure. Activities for the NEF Ambassadors program require the in-person presence of the nominated STEM champion.

Each part of the application should be taken seriously. The main purpose of the written statement is to give us a sense of your writing and your ability to clearly and convincingly communicate your thoughts. Please put some time into revising and editing your statements. Also, make sure your written statements adhere to the word limit guidelines. The purpose of the 2-minute video is to give us a sense of who you are and your personality. First, please make sure your video is uploaded to Youtube and the setting on Youtube is set to public.

The program is designed to help NEF Ambassadors improve their profile and enhance their careers by promoting the NEF and through activities that provide significant exposure to leaders from around the world. The activities will benefit the Ambassadors. That said, some work is required. This amounts to a total of 1 to 2 hours per week writing, researching, editing, talking with scientists, and leading activities online and in the community to promote the NEF and STEM in Africa at large.

While the Program is open to all, emerging scientific or technology leaders with a visible public profile and a passion to share information with the community are encouraged to apply. This opportunity will be attractive to anyone who is looking to work in science and technology, communications, policy and diplomacy.

Our requirement states that all Ambassadors must be residents of an African country. We believe that in order for Ambassadors to effectively do outreach events to promote the NEF and to write content on science and technology updates happening in their own communities, they must be located within and/or engaged in activities in the local community. Applicants who do not hold an African passport, but are considered residents or its equivalency in an African country will be considered.

As the NEF is not a for-profit operation, there will be no financial compensation offered with this opportunity. Ambassadors receive a ticket and paid travel expenses to the NEF Global Gatherings event in Nairobi, Kenya from March 10 to 13, 2020 as well as sound non-financial benefits from participation, including high-impact exposure to Nobel Prize winners, Heads of State and representatives from leading global corporations. Other benefits include mentorship opportunities from the Scientific Programme Committee members, the NEF Fellows, and our larger networks of scientists and leaders around the world.

As a NEF Ambassador, you will work closely with the NEF team and expect to receive editorial guidance on the content, structure and flow of our pieces. It is not uncommon for articles, and even short pieces to go through several drafts before appearing on our platforms. This will only enhance your work and public profile.

Clicking this LINK will take you to an application form where you may submit your application.

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