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RISE prepares PhD- and MSc-level scientists and engineers in sub-Saharan Africa through university-based research and teaching networks in selected disciplines. Its primary purpose is to strengthen science and engineering research and teaching in African universities by training new academic staff and upgrading the qualifications of existing staff. RISE's broader goal is to build capacity in science, technology and innovation as a key to economic development in sub-Saharan Africa.
In a 2008 competition that attracted 48 proposals from 29 African countries, 5 networks were selected by an international panel of distinguished scientists. Since the project's launch, 24 women and 59 men have earned one or more degrees through RISE, and the majority of the graduates are employed in academic positions at African universities or in scientific industries, working on projects relevant to Africa’s development. There are currently 30 women and 50 men pursuing degrees through RISE. For more RISE data, please see the RISE in Numbers page.
RISE is supported by generous grants from Carnegie Corporation of New York through 2016. Each of the networks has also attracted supplementary program funding and individual research grants from a variety of sources.
In 2014 the African Mathematics Millenium Science Initiative (AMMSI) became an Affiliate Network of RISE.
International Partners: While RISE grant funds are used primarily for activities within Africa, RISE networks are also encouraged to engage in collaborative activities with individuals and institutions outside of Africa. SIG facilitates partnerships in the form of visits by senior faculty from outside of Africa to RISE network nodes, semesters at non-African universities for RISE network students, and international research collaborations.
We are grateful to our principal UK partner, Planet Earth Institute, for helping to expand collaborative opportunities for the RISE networks.
Princeton and Duke Universities have provided research opportunities for RISE students: Princeton through its VSRC program and Duke through its Africa Initiative. RISE is currently in the process of developing partnerships with the Universities of Oxford and Reading with the help of Planet Earth Institute. Representatives of other universities outside of Africa interested in exploring partnerships with RISE networks, as well as scientists, professors, and researchers interested in doing collaborative work with RISE students and graduates, are encouraged to contact us at sig [at] ias.edu.
Click on the network links below for updates on student research, activities, publications and conferences!