The MIT-AFRICA Initiative seeks mutually beneficial connections in research, education and innovation with partners across Africa.

The MIT-AFRICA Initiative is the first organized public face for MIT engagement in Africa led by the Africa Advisory Committee (AAC), that serves to communicate the breadth of MIT engagement in Africa and provide an entry portal for prospective partners. 

Below is the reach of MIT's engagements across the continent.  Click here for additional detail. 

In addition to this broader role, the MIT-AFRICA Initiative manages the below programs:


Each year, MIT-AFRICA sends MIT student as interns to partner-hosts across Africa. Placements are primarily focused on South Africa, through the MIT-South Africa Program, but also include: Uganda, Ghana, Mauritius, Tanzania and Botswana. Since 2012, over 100 MIT students have participated. 

"My summer in South Africa raised my awarness of the diversity of human conditions. Working at a research unit in the largest hospital in the Southern Hemisphere expanded how I understand healthcare systems as well as clinical research."

--Ankita Reddy, 2019, Biology

Learn more about the experience and impact of MIT-AFRICA Internships:
Abigail Anderson
Jamie Kang


The MIT-AFRICA Travel Awards Program, in partnership with the MIT Travel Office, provides air tickets to MIT students interested in pursuing the development of a startup or relevant research on the continent. MIT-AFRICA Travel Awards have been awarded to over 30 MIT students.

“MIT-AFRICA Travel Awards have been crucial in our goal to create Africa's Khan Academy.” 

--Tunde Alawode, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, 2017

Learn more about Tunde's experience here. 


In addition to student internships, MIT-AFRICA welcomes top faculty from across the continent through two innovative programs: MIT-Empowering the Teachers--MIT’s largest African fellowship, and the MIT-Educator program. These programs provide an important bridge to academic colleagues and institutions in Africa. 

MIT-Global Startup Labs in Africa

MIT-GSL empowers young entrepreneurs in emerging regions by exporting MIT best practices for catalyzing startups. MIT-GSL in Africa has worked in Algeria, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, and South Africa.

MIT-AFRICA Interest Group Dinners

Another contribution is the MIT-AFRICA Interest Group Dinners (MAIG) with the goal to provide a forum for MIT faculty, staff, students and alumni to share and connect. These dinners are sponsored by Associate Provost Philip Khoury. 


In order to grow these connections and spur others, we need your support!

Please click here to consider a donation to the MIT-AFRICA Initiative Fund or contact for additional leadership opportunities. 

MIT-AFRICA Annual Reports



MIT-South African Airways (SAA) Partnership

The MIT-AFRICA Initaitive and the MIT-South Africa Program are thrilled to partner with South African Airways to provide any MIT community member with 10% off the lowest ticketed price to any SAA-serviced destination on the continent, simply call the SAA customer call center at 1800-722-9675 and use the discount code: MITUS.

Contact Us

Please contact the program coordinator for more information
Program Manager
Faculty Coordinator

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