About RISE

The Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE) was established in 2008 to support scientists and engineers in sub-Saharan Africa pursuing master's and doctoral degrees through competitively selected, university-based research and teaching networks.

It was designed to strengthen science research and education in sub-Saharan Africa by increasing the population of qualified academic staff in the region’s universities, with a longer-term goal of building STI capacity to stimulate economic development.

RISE was supported for a decade by grants from Carnegie Corporation of New York totaling $15.5 million, with an additional $27.5+ million leveraged by the networks. Its successor initiative, the AESA-RISE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, commenced in April 2017 when the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) was awarded a $2 million, three-year Carnegie grant.

By early 2017, over 120 doctoral and master’s degrees had been awarded to students from 18 different African countries, most of whom were employed by universities in their home countries; enduring partnerships had been forged among institutions and individuals; and the AAS, a longtime RISE partner, was poised to take over responsibility for the future of the program.

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