Frequently Asked Questions

For the virtual seminar, we will prioritize applicants from other countries in Africa. However, we may consider particularly strong candidates from Kenya.

No. If you want to hedge your bets and be considered for both the fellowship and the seminar, you must apply for each separately. You will only automatically participate in the Seminar (without applying for it) if you are selected to be a Fellow.

No. Fellows based in Kenya will be required to attend in-person seminar sessions while those from other countries will be joining the remote sessions. Exceptions to this will only be made on a case-by-case basis.

Fellows taking the seminar will need to attend 10 out of the 11 sessions.  Anyone who does not meet this minimum will be discontinued as a Fellow.

You will not receive ILINA certification if you don’t attend at least 10 of the 11 seminar sessions.

For the seminar, we recommend you set aside 4 hours for pre-class readings every week and 3 hours for the seminar classes to be held each week. We expect Fellows to be working on their projects for 18 hours each week for at least 14 weeks.

Yes. All fellows are required to submit a high-quality first draft by the close of the Fellowship and should be prepared to present their work in a symposium.

This is true. We think that AI presents particularly pressing concerns that deserve more of our attention right now. As a result, we intend to select up to 7 Fellows who will work on projects touching on transformative AI. That said, all our other Fellow places will be filled by candidates whose work will be touching on any of our other interest areas so please don’t be put off from applying just because you’re not interested in AI!

Selected Fellows will be given the option to join the collaborative research project or continue with their personal projects. We will offer more information and clarification on this to the shortlisted candidates.

Yes, you can. We will offer you advice on how best to do so.

Generally, we would advise that you use it for educational purposes. That said, we will not control how you eventually choose to use it.

Yes you can. That fact will not disadvantage your application.

Unfortunately, we won’t consider candidates who have been ILINA Fellows previously unless the application is directly solicited by our team.

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