Apply Now | WomEng Africa Innovation Fellowship for Female African Innovators (Fully funded) – 2023

WomEng Africa Innovation Fellowship for Female African Innovators (Fully funded) – 2023

WomEng Africa Innovation Fellowship 2023: Inviting all female African innovators with an early stage engineering innovation or startup to apply for Africa Innovation Fellowship.

Application Deadline: 15th October 2022

About the Award: WomEng Africa Innovation Fellowship, powered by WomEng and the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is a nine-month leadership and business development opportunity for female African innovators with an early stage engineering innovation or startup. The Africa Innovation Fellowship aims to develop the talent pipeline for future cohorts of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

AIF kicks off in November 2022 with a virtual masterclass series focused on idea and business incubation, leadership development, funding, and pitch readiness. Fully funded in-person entrepreneurship bootcamp, expert engineering council, mentorship and financial coaching follow over the programme, ending in June 2023.

Fellowship candidates who apply and are subsequently shortlisted for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation will receive additional individual coaching and mentoring to support them in getting pitch ready.

Apply now for this unique opportunity to take your innovation to the next level.

Type: Fellowship, Entrepreneurship


  1. Applicants must identify as women and serve as founders or co-founders.
  2. Individual applicants must be citizens of a country within sub-Saharan Africa*. The main applicant must be a citizen of a country within Sub-Saharan Africa.
  3. The innovation must be based in a country in sub-Saharan Africa.
  4. Applicants must have a Science, Technology, Engineering or Manufacturing (STEM) innovation, though are not required to be an engineering graduate or student themselves.
  5. Applicants must be over the age of 18. There is no upper age limit.
  6. The applicant’s innovation can be any new product, technology, or service, based in STEM.
  7. Applicants should have an early-stage engineering innovation and/or startup.
  8. Applicants must be able to commit for the eight month-long programme commencing in November 2022 to June 2023.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of WomEng Africa Innovation Fellowship: 

  • Development of your business through personal growth and increased commercial insights.
  • Exposure to investors in the African landscape.
  • Interaction with fellow innovators across Africa.
  • Access to one-on-one mentorship and venture clinics with subject matter experts.

Duration of WomEng Africa Innovation Fellowship:

  • Applications open: 27 September 2022
  • Applications close: 15 October 2022
  • Successful candidates notified: 1 November 2022
  • Programme Commencement: 15 November 2022
  • Programme Support: December 2022 to June 2023

Eligible countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland/eSwatini, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


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