Training Opportunities

Research Fellowships

The Open A.I.R. Project has since 2011 awarded nine Research Fellowships, to emerging African IP researchers who spend part of their Fellowship time in Cape Town based at project headquarters in the IP Unit at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Law..

The Open A.I.R. training components are targeted both internally within the project and externally to relevant stakeholders.


Internal network training and capacity-building consist of:

  • Research methodology support provided to the country teams during and since the May 2011 Open A.I.R. launching workshop, by Open A.I.R. Methodology Consultant Dr. Donna Podems; and
  • Granting of Open A.I.R. Research Fellowships to nine emerging African IP researchers, with Research Fellows given the opportunity to work out of the Open A.I.R. Project Office at the University of Cape Town and to participate in several aspects of the project work.


The external training and capacity-building, based on the Open A.I.R. case study research findings, consists of:

  • seminars;
  • workshops; and
  • implementation of a course curriculum developed by the project.

Targets for these external training activities include:

  • African policy and issue leaders; and
  • African grassroots stakeholders, including innovators, creators and entrepreneurs.

The project’s training component is being carried out in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), through its initiative entitled “commons@ip - Harnessing the Knowledge Commons for Open Innovation.” The commons@ip initiative focuses on interactions between IP rights and open innovation, the knowledge commons, open licences and collaborative innovation. It is part of the BMZ-mandated Train for Trade programme, which aims at strengthening the private sector and its constituent bodies in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region through capacity building and training in export promotion, quality control and promotion of open innovation –- as well as through promotion of local/regional economic development and local/regional trade.

Open A.I.R. Research & Training Themes

Copyrights: Empowering Collaborators in Creative Industries

Patents: Open Innovation for Cleaner Energy Technologies

Trademarks: Collective Agricultural Branding Strategies

Informal Mechanisms (Cross-Cutting Theme)

The Traditional Knowledge Commons (Cross-Cutting Theme)

Sharing the Benefits of Publicly Funded Research (Cross-Cutting Theme)