Young Scientists for Africa, YoSA, is a UK registered charity committed to motivating, developing and sponsoring scientific interest in students in Africa by:
• Providing a scholarship scheme for African scientists to attend the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF)
• Supporting the development of a network of student science communities in Africa
• Targeting young Africans with a noted interest in science
• Focusing on individuals for which other financial support would not be available
Who we are
Clare is a Professor of Medical Physics at University College London and leads a scientific research project in Africa, the BRIGHT project. Clare’s own career was inspired by attending the London International Youth Science Forum as student in 1984. She is passionate about encouraging young people to pursue careers in science and has established YoSA to provide opportunities specifically for young scientists in Africa.
Tim Rooke is a chartered accountant and partner at Ernst & Young (EY) the global accountancy firm with expertise in the financial services industry as an auditor and finance, risk and compliance advisor to leading global banking organisations. Tim is married to Clare Elwell and is co-founder of YoSA.
Peter Upton has recently retired after a career investigating corporate fraud for a number of FTSE 100 Companies with additional expertise in Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Bribery & Corruption. He is a former President of a local rugby club and has been instrumental in developing youth rugby in general and girls rugby in particular.
The Clare Elwell Scholarship supports young African science students to attend the London International Youth Science Forum. The scholarship is aimed at students with a keen interest in science for whom other financial support would not normally be available.
YoSA offers to fund a number of students to attend LIYSF from within Africa each year. The funding covers the attendance fees for LIYSF, return flights to and from London as well as travel to and from the airport in London to the LIYSF venue, Imperial College. The attendance fees for LIYSF incorporate accommodation at Imperial College, food for each day of attendance as well as admission for the full scientific programme including lectures and scientific visits.
YoSA does not fund the costs involved for a student to get to their nearest international airport with the appropriate travel papers, including the costs of obtaining a visa if relevant. YoSA works with a Local Facilitator in each country to ensure these arrangements are put in place. YoSA also does not fund the costs of any optional non-scientific visits to London attractions that are offered by LIYSF.
London International Youth Science Forum
Click the link below to view Application Details covering qualifying criteria and expectations of a nominated student, the role of the local facilitator, the scholarship nomination process and how to obtain relevant application and consent forms.