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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 research and education in sub-Saharan Africa by increasing the population of qualified academic staff in the region’s universities. RISE's broader goal is to build capacity in science, technology and innovation to stimulate 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. As of May 2015, the RISE student and graduate community is 176 strong. For more RISE data, see the RISE in Numbers page. And for stories about the RISE scientists, please visit our blog!
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 a RISE Affiliate Network.
Want to help RISE thrive and grow? You can now support RISE by donating to our partner organization New Spring Fund. U.S. taxpayers will receive a receipt and are eligible for a tax deduction. There are five ways to donate, all tax deductible: bank wire transfer, gift of stock, gift of tangible property, check, and PayPal. In the box labeled "Name of NSF Partner Charity," just write "RISE!"
Your donation will allow RISE to continue improving the landscape of scientific research and teaching in Africa.
*Icons represent countries in which the networks have nodes; they are not meant to designate specific geographical locations. The purple icons represent the countries where AMMSI regional offices are located; AMMSI mathematicians are in fact spread throughout the continent.
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.
Princeton and Duke Universities have provided research opportunities for RISE students: Princeton through its VSRC program and Duke through its Africa Initiative. 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 SIG.