What is Africademics?
Africademics, founded in 2019, is a scholarship platform and community for students, early career researchers and young scholars in and from Africa. We publish daily updates about scholarships, fellowships, training courses, career development and other academic opportunities for African youth via our website and social media channels. In May 2020, we welcomed the first cohort of Africademics University Ambassadors and expanded the Ambassador programme with our second cohort in 2021. We are currently reaching out to universities, research institutions and other potential partners across Africa who want to support our goal of increasing access to higher education for African youth.
Who is behind Africademics?
Africademics was founded by Lena Gronbach, a social entrepreneur and PhD student at the University of Cape Town. After having worked in youth exchange, tourism, translation, event management and research while pursuing her own academic career, she decided to pursue her passion: expanding access to tertiary education across Africa and helping other young scholars realize their dreams. She is supported by a growing network of volunteers and Scholarship Ambassadors who are equally passionate about the vision and mission of Africademics.
Our Mission and Vision
Africademics aims to become the central information hub for funding opportunities, scholarship application assistance, networking and support for African students, early career researchers and young scholars who want to further their education. By providing funding information, scholarship advice, inspiration and resources, we support and empower Africa’s future leaders, both within and outside of academia. Our main goal is to increase access to academic opportunities for African youth, not just by sharing information, but by creating an active community of like-minded young scholars from all corners of the continent.
The Africademics Scholarship Ambassador Programme
Launched in May 2020, our first cohort of Africademics University Ambassadors consisted of 24 students, researchers and lecturers from 22 universities in 10 different African countries. Our second cohort, consisting of 30 Ambassadors from 10 African countries, started their 6-month online training in February 2021 and will join our team as volunteer scholarship advisors in August. Our Ambassadors assist us in identifying and sharing funding opportunities, liaising with universities and partner organizations, creating content for our blog and social media channels, and spreading the word about the Africademics movement. Ambassadors are also encouraged to launch individual projects at their universities and in their communities. From August 2021 onwards, our Ambassadors will also offer personal advice and support for scholarship seekers and applicants in and from Africa.
Awards and Recognition
In 2020, Africademics founder Lena Gronbach was awarded the prestigious ‘weitergeben – Social Engagement’ award by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. Africademics also made it to the finals of the 2020/21 round of the ‘startsocial’ initiative, an annual coaching and support programme for social start-ups under the patronage of German Chancellor Angel Merkel. Last but not least, Africademics participated in the 2020 Global Goals Lab, a support and networking initiative for projects and organizations working towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Get involved and support Africademics!
Are you a student, researcher, lecturer, writer, tech geek, university career office, foundation, networker, social media queen, business angel, journalist, funder, NGO, or pretty much anyone based in Africa or working with African youth? Are you passionate about supporting students and young scholars by expanding access to scholarships, career opportunities and mentoring in the field of tertiary education? Then get in touch with us using the contact form below and join Africademics as a volunteer, partner, supporter or funder!