The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), established by ten Vice Chancellors in 2004, is a consortium of 147 African universities operating within 38 countries spanning the African continent. RUFORUM is coordinated by a Secretariat hosted by Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. RUFORUM supports universities to address the important and largely unfulfilled role that universities play in contributing to the well‐being of small‐scale farmers and economic development of countries throughout the sub-Saharan Africa region. For more details about RUFORUM, see and a profile of RUFORUM activities on  this link.

Since  its  establishment  18  years  ago,  RUFORUM  has  been  building  and  consolidating partnerships  with  Universities  and  Higher  Education  Networks  in Africa  and  globally, Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), African Policy Advocacy Networks, Private Sector, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET Institutions), and Think Tanks in order to transform the continent. Among its thrusts, RUFORUM aims to promote and recognize contribution of scientists and individuals in especially Africa, who are making contributions towards advancing science to address Africa’s development needs. As such, RUFORUM runs a series of awards (see previous awards (Ghana Young Scientist Award)) to promote excellence in the continent.

For the first time, the RUFORUM Annual General Meeting will be held in Zimbabwe. The event will be hosted by the Republic of Zimbabwe Government and RUFORUM Member universities in Zimbabwe from 12-16 December 2022. In commemoration of the event, RUFORUM is issuing a call for the Young Scientists Award to recognize young upcoming scientists in Universities and research institutions in Zimbabwe. There will be five awards from three award categories (please see award categories below). Each recipient will receive a citation and a token financial award

The RUFORUM YSA 2022 will be presented in any of the following categories:


Agriculture, Plant & Animal Sciences and Rural Development

To recognize Zimbabwe’s most promising researcher who is working in the field of AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT and has developed innovative model(s) that help in improving agricultural productivity, increasing income, and improving the quality of life of people especially in rural areas.

Environmentally Sound Sustainable Development

To recognize Zimbabwe’s most promising researcher who is working in the field of EARTH, OCEANOGRAPHIC, ENVIRONMENTAL and ECOLOGICAL STUDIES, SOCIAL SCIENCES and ECOSYSTEM and is contributing to protecting our planet and conserving its natural resources

Innovation in Engineering and Physical Sciences

To recognize Zimbabwe’s most promising researcher who is working in the field of ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS & CHEMISTRY and is harnessing it to drive disruptive and sustainable growth, with a potential for industrial and/or societal impact.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Individual from a Zimbabwean University/Research Institution
  • Has completed at least MPhil/PhD or equivalent degree
  • Must be below 35 years of age

Activity entered for this award must have been:
•    undertaken no more than five (5) years prior to the closing date of entries
•    published in one or more respected, externally-refereed scientific journal(s), book(s) or equivalent electronic publication(s) and the publication must be indexed for example in Scopus. 


Download full call || Deadline: 15th October 2022 at 00:00  South Africa Time