Research Fellowships

Open A.I.R. has awarded nine Research Fellowships of between three and six months in duration. Selections have been based on applications in response to public calls published on the Open A.I.R. website and other oneline platforms.

Fellows spend a period living in Cape Town, based at Open A.I.R. headquarters in the University of Cape Town (UCT) Faculty of Law IP Unit, doing work on project research, outreach and training activities. The Fellowships also include a period of work back in the Fellow's place of residence. Responsibilities for Open A.I.R. Research Fellows include conducting research on a case study within one or more of the project’s thematic areas, contributing to the development of outreach strategies and training initiatives, and helping to solidify and grow Open A.I.R.’s pan-African network. The Fellows interact closely with Project Co-Principal Investigators Dr. Tobias Schonwetter and Prof. Jeremy de Beer, and with Project Manager Nan Warner, who is based at the UCT IP Unit.

After their time based at project headquarters at UCT, Research Fellows provide support to Open A.I.R.'s activities in their home countries/regions.

Fellows are from the African continent and hold a postgraduate degree (master’s or doctorate) in law or another discipline closely connected to IP law, the economics of innovation, and policy.

You can link up with the Open A.I.R. Research Fellows, and a community of over 50,000 development-oriented experts (many of them working in trade, policy and business-oriented fields in Africa) by joining the Fellows & Friends of Open A.I.R. Group on the Alumniportal Deutschland (hosted by project partner GIZ).