Supporting alumni and current scholars
The AEN aims to foster engagement and collaboration among alumni of the African Excellence Centres. It also aims to contribute to the development of the centres by supporting current scholars. The steering committee has proposed the following programmes which alumni can participate in: research and advocacy, capacity building and career support.
Research and Advocacy
A significant number of alumni are based in organisations that either conduct or use research. These include universities, development organisations and civil society. The AEN aims to foster research collaboration among alumni and between alumni and the centres of excellence, including through support for research conceptualisation and fundraising. This programme is for alumni who are either academics or researchers or are interested in policy-oriented research. Please contact email the Eria Serwajja to find out more about this initiative and how you can be part of it.
Capacity Building and Career Support
The AEN steering committee is currently working on a strategy to support career development of alumni through capacity building in research, linking alumni to collaborators in the global South and the North, assisting with research proposal development and fundraising, linking members to guest lecturing opportunities, and supporting members to communicate their research through popular media. If you would like to know more about this or be a participant, please contact Antoinette Darko.
Student Support and Mentorship
One way in which alumni can give back to the centres of excellence is by mentoring young scholars currently studying at the centres. This support can take various forms, including professional and personal development. An AEN mentor is expected to take on a mentee, keep track of student’s progress, and provide the student with information and resources that are relevant to the student’s career development. Additionally, a mentor is expected to assist in reviewing research and funding proposals, if needed, and conference submissions. Another important role that AEN mentors can play is linking students to internship and job opportunities. The AEN steering committee strongly encourages all alumni to be part of this initiative. Please contact Winnie Sambu to sign up as a mentor or mentee.
Funding and Resource Mobilisation
A key focus of AEN is to mobilise resources for the network’s activities. The AEN also aims to support members fundraise for research projects and other alumni related activities. If you would like to be part of this team, or have any questions, please contact Charlton Tsodzo.