AIMS-Women in Innovation (WiIN) 2017 Leadership Development Program for Young Women from across Africa -Kigali, Rwanda (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: June 5th 2017

AIMS-Women in Innovation (WiIN) Program offers a free leadership development program for 15 young women from across Africa – delivered in Kigali, Rwanda.

The AIMS**-Women in Innovation (WiIN) program is a unique (1 week long) leadership development program designed especially for recent female university graduates who want to pursue and thrive in a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Through the AIMS-WiIN program, 15 pan-African female university graduates will have the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, build professional networks, and learn practical tools for pursuing, obtaining, and thriving in a career in a STEM-related field. The comprehensive week-long program targets recent university graduates as they transition from student to professional.

This program is presented by Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC at no charge to participants as part of the company’s strong global commitment to increase the number of women in science and technology careers.


  • The program is open to female graduates from across Africa (AIMS students, AIMS alumni, NEF fellows and NEF ambassadors, non-AIMS participants) who have completed a minimum of a bachelor degree by Summer 2017.
  • Availability to travel to Kigali, Rwanda from June 24 – July 1 in order to attend the entire week-long program, from Monday to Friday (June 26 to June 30, 2017).
  • Hold a passport from an African country (except Rwanda) valid for 6 months at the time of departure.
  • Good working knowledge of English


AIMS-WiIN will bridge essential gaps by providing:

  • Skills to help recent graduates pursue, secure and retain jobs in science-related fields.
  • Develop communication and leadership skills.
  • Opportunities to form peer networks and mentor relationships.

The following core modules will be delivered to participants by experienced trainers:

  • Career training
  • Self-empowerment and critical thinking
  • Building a career while having a family
  • 4th Industrial Revolution skills
  • Women’s health


The pilot program will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, a vibrant, up-and-coming innovation and technology hub in Africa.

Benefits to participants:

Through the AIMS-WiIN program, participants will acquire the skills to be more successful in securing meaningful jobs, progress faster in their jobs and be better prepared to balance family-work obligations. AIMS-WiIN will focus on areas related to their field of study and employment, while increasing their confidence and providing a network of experienced lecturers and many other young women who can be peers and mentors.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the AIMS-Women in Innovation (WiIN) 2017 Leadership Development Program


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