Meta Bursaries to Support Emerging Researchers at the AI4D Africa Conference 2023

Application Deadline:  7th April 2023. 

Call for applications – META has provided bursary funding to support the attendance of emerging researchers at the AI4D Conference (supported by the IDRC, Niyel and GIZ: Fair Forward), to be held in Kigali, June 12-14, 2023.

The African Observatory on Responsible Artificial Intelligence (African Observatory) is a project of Research ICT Africa (RIA), which is part of the Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) Africa funding programme supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

META has kindly provided funding to support the attendance of emerging researchers at the AI4D Conference (supported by IDRC, Niyel and GIZ: Fair Forward), to be held in Kigali, June 12-14. The bursary funding will serve as a means to assist in building professional profiles and includes travel for up to 8 awardees to attend the conference and to present their research at a session that will be attended by the AI4D community and leading researchers from around the African continent.


  • This call is specifically for emerging researchers who do not yet have a PhD and are committed to working on AI ethics/human rights and policy/governance in African research.
  • The African Observatory will also be looking to support the publication of the awardees’ work and provide ongoing mentorship to all awardees. 
  • At the conference, awardees will be invited to participate on a panel with the other awardees and to present a short paper based on their proposed area of research. Awardees will also be requested to provide a blog post to be added to the African Observatory Website reflecting their experience at the AI4D Conference.

Selection Committee

Applications will be reviewed by an independent and representative panel consisting of leading experts in AI ethics and policy from across Africa. 

Announcement of Winners

The awardees will be contacted via email in early May on the outcome of their application, and an announcement of the awardees shall be made via a blog post on the African Observatory Website.

Application Procedure:

To apply, forward your application to [email protected] with the following documents: 

  1. Details of your professional experience to date (CV)
  2. A brief motivation for attending the event (500 words)
  3. An abstract of the work you intend to present (300 words)

*Note: to be considered for the bursary applicants must have completed a Master’s degree, be enrolled in a PhD, be younger than 40 years 

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the AI4D Africa Conference 2023 Meta Bursary


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