Fellowships should recognise that women may have different responsibilities when it comes to domestic chores and care of the family. This influences their academic opportunities and career choices.
A number of programmes now exist that are helping to close the gender gap in African science, technology, engineering and maths.
Women face a number of socio-economic challenges that make it harder for them to access higher education.
The world of the fourth industrial revolution looks set to be one dominated by forms of knowledge and industries – like science and technology – that have long been dominated by men.