Call for Expression of Interests: Africa Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) Policy Project 2021

Call for Expression of Interests: Africa Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) Policy Project 2021

Deadline: July 7, 2021

Do you believe in digital equality and recognise the need for data justice to underpin the adoption of advanced technologies for them to be truly developmental and transformative?

Are you interested in how, as a continent and globally, we can promote Just AI – and in conducting research on how this can be achieved through ensuring rights-preserving regulatory frameworks? How can we create a safe, secure, and trusted environment for the developmental application of AI and what economic and social regulations are required to ensure a better distribution of the opportunities for innovation as well as mitigation of risks associated with the uneven impacts of known harms?

Research ICT Africa (RIA) Artificial Intelligence for Development Policy Project invites applications for fellowships of three, six or 12 months. The research agenda for the next three years will focus on just AI in three thematic areas with intersectional inequality and gender as a cross cutting theme:

  • Sustainable development and the circular economy
  • Security and trust
  • Data and algorithmic governance


  • By joining RIA’s Project, you get to work on cutting-edge digital policy issues from a uniquely African perspective. They offer competitive research stipends in addition to invaluable interdisciplinary experience working with a bustling and diverse team on some of the most pressing issues facing not only the continent but the world.
  • While they would prefer to welcome you to their offices at the Waterfront at the foot of Table Mountain in order for you to mentor and support the development of their team, they will also consider applications from established scholars in the field who wish to work remotely, particularly until travel is more available and health risks are reduced.


  • Open to African citizens.
  • Senior Fellows
    • Generally, applicants for senior fellowships should hold a Doctoral degree with 5 years of research/policy experience, or a Master’s degree with 10 years of research/policy experience, however, they encourage candidates with expertise in this dynamic and growing area to express their interest. 
  • Junior  Fellows
    • Junior fellowships are also available to candidates with strong writing, language and online research skills, and who are competent at extracting and summarising information from reports and translating complex topics and jargon into more understandable formats.


Applicants should submit the following:

  • a CV of max two pages long plus list of publications, 
  • the names of two references, 
  • two recent writing examples (no older than one year) – one academic and one informal in style, and
  • a motivation/cover letter, including a research idea of relevance to AI policy in Africa.

Submit your documentation to the HR Manager via [email protected]

For more information, visit AI4D.