Africa Science Desk

The Africa Science Desk is a project to build the capacity of science journalists in Africa. Over a two-year period, the African Academy of Sciences, the African Federation of Science Journalists and the South African Science Journalists Association with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will provide funding to journalists in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa to produce science stories aimed at local or global news markets. At the AAS, the Africa Science Desk will be implemented through the AAS and the NEPAD Agency’s Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa, an agenda setting and funding platform.

Early-career African journalists will be paired with senior science journalists internationally and continentally who will provide the mentorship needed to improve the quality of science reporting in Africa.

How to apply for funding

Pitches are accepted throughout the year from journalists in local media outlets and freelancers who pitch stories in any of the six strategic focus areas of the AAS: health and wellbeing, climate change, food security and nutritional wellbeing, water and sanitation, sustainable energy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), as well as in data journalism.

Journalists are invited to read the call for pitches  and frequently asked questions for more details.