The Mawazo Research Fellows Programme

The Mawazo Research Fellows programme is a full-time, residential research fellowship based at Mawazo’s office in Nairobi.  It offers promising female researchers job security and research funding as they carry out innovative studies related to Mawazo’s priority research areas.  The Fellows will also help to shape Mawazo’s research agenda in their area of study, and build their leadership skills and networks by organising Policy Lab and Public Engagement events. 

In 2018, we anticipate supporting one Fellow in each of our priority research areas of energy and climate change.  Recruitment for the Fellows programme will begin in late 2017.  Please sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date about the recruitment process.


  • The Fellows programme is open to women from any of the countries in the East African Community. 
  • They are expected to hold a PhD with a focus on clean energy or climate change.  The degree can be in any disciplinary background.
  • It is preferable for the Fellows not to hold other employment concurrently with the Mawazo Research Fellowship, although exceptions may be made on a case by case basis (e.g. for local university faculty).
  • Fellows must be willing to relocate to Nairobi if they are not already based there.  The Mawazo Institute will cover relocation costs to a reasonable degree, but cannot offer visas or substantial assistance with relocation logistics.

Programme Components

The Research Fellows programme has five main components:

  • Research funding.  The Research Fellows will have access to dedicated research funding of Ksh. 1,000,000 (US$10,000) annually, and staff assistance in applying for outside funding.
  • Conference funding.  Academic conferences offer excellent opportunities for Fellows to build their professional networks.  Funding will be available to cover the costs of registration and travel for regional and international conferences.
  • Mentorship experience.  The Fellows are expected to serve as mentors to Mawazo's PhD Scholars, which will help them build their capacity to support other African women in academia.
  • Organising Policy Lab events.  The Fellows will be responsible for building relationships with decisionmakers in government and industry, and organising Policy Lab events in their priority research area.
  • Participation in Public Engagement events.  The Fellows are expected to actively participate in Public Engagement events, including holding public lectures, writing op-eds, and appearing on TV and radio shows.