Only 28 percent of women worldwide have careers in science, as reported in the 2015 UNESCO science report. While this has been slowly increasing, it still remains low. One persistent challenge is that high numbers of women drop out of academic research and teaching in the sciences in the early stages of their professional careers. If there were a greater number of female role models and mentors in senior positions, more junior level women would likely remain in science, increasing diversity and gender equity in universities. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) seeks to tackle this challenge through the PEER Women in Science Mentorship Program.


The PEER Women in Science Mentorship Program consists of groups of women in senior and junior faculty positions. Each group will have one senior faculty mentor and two to four more junior faculty from the same university. For one year, these small groups will build personal and career development goals in topics such as networking, research proposal writing, and research paper publication. Mentees and mentors will receive a three-day professional training to provide cohorts with tools to improve their mentorship experience as well as kick off the year. The program will end with a competitive, $10,000 research grant opportunity for the junior faculty members.

• Receive a $2,000 stipend for following the mentor plan.
• Receive professional mentor and mentee training in summer 2018
• Receive professional mentor and mentee training in summer 2018
• Can compete for $10,000 in research grant funding upon successful completion of the program. The applications will open in April 2019.

Sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi,
Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Arab States:  Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, West Bank/Gaza

To learn more about the program, please visit

Download full call here PEER Mentorship for Women in Science Final

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