African Observatory 2023 Bursaries to Support Emerging Researchers at the AI4D Africa Conference for Master

  •  Master
  •  07-Apr-2023
  •   Worldwide
  • $$  Varies

Call for applications - META has provided bursary funding to support the attendance of emerging researchers at the AI4D Conference (supported by the IDRC, Niyel and GIZ: Fair Forward), to be held in Kigali, June 12-14, 2023.

The  African Observatory on Responsible Artificial Intelligence (African Observatory) is a project of  Research ICT Africa (RIA), which is part of the  Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) Africa funding programme supported by the  International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and the  Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

META has kindly provided funding to support the attendance of emerging researchers at the AI4D Conference (supported by IDRC,  Niyel and  GIZ: Fair Forward), to be held in Kigali, June 12-14. The bursary funding will serve as a means to assist in building professional profiles and includes travel for up to 8 awardees to attend the conference and to present their research at a session that will be attended by the AI4D community and leading researchers from around the African continent.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This call is specifically for emerging researchers who do not yet have a PhD and are committed to working on AI ethics/human rights and policy/governance in African research.
  • The African Observatory will also be looking to support the publication of the awardees' work and provide ongoing mentorship to all awardees. 
  • At the conference, awardees will be invited to participate on a panel with the other awardees and to present a short paper based on their proposed area of research. Awardees will also be requested to provide a blog post to be added to the African Observatory Website reflecting their experience at the AI4D Conference.

Application Process

To apply, forward your application to   with the following documents listed above

Required Documents:

  1. Details of your professional experience to date (CV)
  2. A brief motivation for attending the event (500 words)
  3. An abstract of the work you intend to present (300 words)
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