Women invited to apply for Africa-wide generative AI fellowship

  • Flapmax and the FAI Institute are looking for women from across Africa to apply to the third edition of the Women in AI fellowship.
  • Successful applicants will take part in a four-month virtual course in order to learn practical AI solutions.
  • University students and professionals interested in generative AI are being prioritised.

March is women’s month and in a bid to ensure that women across Africa are not excluded from the enormous, inescapable conversation around generative AI, Nigeria-based AI solutions provider Flapmax is now offering the Women in AI (WAI) fellowship, a training course for women interested in generative AI.

According to an announcement from Flapmax, the programme aims to empower women in the field of generative AI, the technology that powers the likes of ChatGPT, Google Gemini, Microsoft Copilot and is expected to generate trillions of dollars for the global economy in the coming years.

“At FAI Institute, our mission is to advance human potential through cutting-edge research, education, and training programs built for the workforce of the future,” said Dr. Dave Ojika, founder of FAI Institute.

“We recognize the immense potential of women in driving innovation and progress in the AI field. Through concerted efforts to provide access to quality training, mentorship, and opportunities, we are committed to empowering women to thrive in AI careers and contribute meaningfully to the industry.”

According to Flapmax, the FAI Institute’s WAI initiative has provided training opportunities for more than 800 women from over 24 countries.

“Supported by Intel and Microsoft, and in collaboration with Wentors, a global community dedicated to the growth of women in technology, the WAI initiative is expanding opportunities for underrepresented communities, especially women, through experiential learning and hands-on projects in real-world contexts,” the firm explains in its announcement.

“FAI Institute’s Women in AI training program is a wonderful initiative that has given women the opportunity to grow in artificial intelligence and data,” said Dorathy Simeon, Senior Programs Coordinator at Wentors.

“In a world becoming increasingly aware of the possibilities that AI presents, such an effort becomes more relevant than ever.”

The Women in Generative AI Fellowship programme

Women from across Africa are invited to apply to join the fellowship in its third cohort, starting in May 2024. Applications close 8th April. Click here for more info.

The WAI 2024 program is prioritizing applicants with an interest in generative AI. Applicants may be university/college students or working professionals, have some fundamental knowledge of data science or computer programming, and be available for the full program spanning from May to August 2024.

Successful applicants will be shortlisted to be cast in a feature film that will leverage AI and creative tech in the filmmaking process.

This year’s WAI program includes a 4-week virtual course with hands-on labs, teaching industry tools for practical AI solutions. Participants will analyze large datasets and use machine learning libraries to develop AI models for business.

After the course, they are matched with 8-week AI practicum projects, mentored by industry experts. Peer groups and weekly meetings will provide guidance, while participants network with tech professionals to expand their portfolios and showcase achievements.

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