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NEF Volunteers

Call for Applications for NEF Volunteers

The Next Einstein Forum, an AIMS initiative in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, is a new global forum for science in Africa that will propel Africa onto the global scientific stage.

The NEF will unite more than 500 outstanding thinkers and distinguished stakeholders from around the world together in Africa. NEF Global Gatherings, held every second year, will showcase Africa’s top young scientists and connect them with leaders from Africa and the rest of the world in high-profile, invitation-only forums. These leading scientists, policy-makers, business people, journalists, civil-society representatives and entrepreneurs will highlight breakthrough discoveries and catalyze scientific collaboration for human development.

To be held in Dakar, Senegal as a 3-day event from 8 to 10 March 2016, the NEF Global Gathering will touch on the three pillars of Science, Society and Policy.

Through the MasterCard Foundation-funded volunteer Program, the NEF Volunteers Program is seeking 25 MasterCard Foundation scholars to participate and attend the NEF Global Gathering event.   MasterCard Foundation Partners will have the opportunity to nominate 2 scholars each who will be assessed based upon the Eligibility criteria below. We would like to invite you to submit your application for the NEF Volunteers Program once you have been nominated by your institution. More information about the opportunity, including responsibilities, eligibility and benefits can be found below:

NEF Volunteers Benefits

While supporting the event, the NEF volunteers will be able to interact with leading thinkers from Africa and around the world, in a ground-breaking event designed to showcase Africa’s potential to the rest of the world.  As a volunteer, it is expected that you will build networks, be inspired, and learn about new areas of scientific innovation.

Conditions of Eligibility

  • At least 18 years old as of 31.12.2015 and less than 42 years old as of 31.12.2015.
  • Applicants should be students in at least the 3rd year of their undergraduate studies.
  • Applicants should be active in their communities (either at university or in the home community) in an academic/scientific sense.
  • Applicants should have or be able to demonstrate a leadership role in their team or community.
  • Applicants should have at least a working knowledge of French.
  • Applicants must be current MasterCard Foundation scholars.

Application Instructions

As per the above, MasterCard Foundation Partners will have the opportunity to nominate 2 scholars each who will be assessed based upon the Eligibility criteria.  All applications are to be submitted by email to in English or French. Please fill out the Google forms first. After filling out the form, you will receive the application form via email. Please proceed to the form in English or French:



Call for Applications
Please download the full Call for Applications document here.