The State of Young Scholars and Scientists in Africa

This multinational study analyzes the career decisions and research performance of young scientists in higher education, government, parastatal (organizations whose activities serve the state), and industrial research and development (R&D) sectors across Africa. Its goal is to contribute to a better informed discussion on how to improve African institutional policies to support researchers' career development. Young scientists and career progression Researchers will examine the supporting and limiting factors. These include gender, resources (financial support), incentives for research performance, the research system's structure and governance, and mobility issues, including brain drain. They will -analyze the productivity and citation impact of young scientists -survey their career perspectives -examine how grant-making organizations support young scientists This work will allow the research team to have a full overview of the research system in a cross-section of African countries. They will work with scientists, government agencies, and higher education administrators during the data gathering, analysis, and dissemination stages. The results of this study will give stakeholders an improved understanding of how their organizations, practices, and/or policies can support the scientific leaders of tomorrow. They will also inform and engage policymakers in discussions on changes needed in current research systems.

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End Date

Monday, February 11, 2019


42 months

IDRC Officer

Luc Mougeot

Total funding

CA$ 538,243


North of Sahara, South of Sahara

Project Leader

Catherine Beaudry


Corporation de l'Ecole polytechnique de Montréal

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