Intensive Course on WMD Nonproliferation and Security for Women in STEM in Africa

December 2, 2020

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in Monterey (California, USA), in partnership with the African Centre for Science and International Security, or AFRICSIS (Accra, Ghana), will offer an intensive online course on “WMD Nonproliferation and Security for Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)” for university professors, researchers, practitioners, government officials, and other female professionals in Africa.

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The course will be held in the online format from January 25—February 5, 2021, in three-hour installments on Mondays–Fridays). Funding for this tuition-free course is being provided by the Norwegian Government, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The primary objective of the course is to provide female technical experts, researchers, scientists, and government officials with a broader understanding of weapons of mass destruction nonproliferation, arms control, disarmament, the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear security, as well as the various institutions, tools, and mechanisms necessary to address current nonproliferation and security challenges. The course aims to support worldwide efforts in promoting women in STEM in general and in the areas of WMD nonproliferation and security in particular. The course program will feature leading international, regional, and local experts and practitioners from academia, national governments, and international organizations.

Course participants will be awarded certificates of completion.


Course organizers welcome applications from technical specialists in the energy and trade ministries; experts in the area of strategic trade, customs, law enforcement, and border controls; operators and technicians from atomic commissions and regulatory bodies; specialists from cancer treatment and other medical facilities using radioactive sources and materials; public health officials; and faculty and researchers from academia. Specialists from other government and non-governmental entities will be considered as well.

Eligible female candidates should be nationals of African countries who reside and work in Africa and are fluent in English. Course instruction and all discussions will be conducted in English.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: January 4, 2021

Interested individuals must submit an online application. The deadline for applications is January  4, 2021, but candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Successful applicants will be notified on January 8, 2021.

Applications must include:

  1. A completed online form
  2. A resume or CV
  3. A recommendation or support letter from an applicant’s organization (optional)



For questions about the course and application requirements, please contact:

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