The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students recruited on Science for Africa (SFA) Foundation grants are provided with high-quality and reliable supervision including when supervisors move from their institutions. The policy further provides guidance on the role and responsibilities of supervisors involved the training of students, and SFA Foundation’ expectations on managing supervisors by individuals and institutions receiving SFA Foundation grants.
2.1 Broad Responsibilities of Supervisors
A supervisor has day-to-day interaction with the student and has immediate responsibility for the direction of the research. He or she is also primarily responsible for meeting the training needs of the student and, where the student is registered for a higher degree, the supervisor is normally the person recognised as the higher degree supervisor by the host institution.
SFA Foundation grantees, working through relevant programme governance structures, have the responsibility to appoint qualified and competent supervisors for all recruited fellows on their grants.
3.2 Number of Supervisors
PI’s are required to issue appointment letters clearly stating their roles, responsibilities and expectations of the degree awarding institutions. The number of supervisors per SFA Foundation funded student should not exceed three unless justification for consideration is provided.
3.3 Appointments and Replacements of Supervisors on SFA Foundation Grants
3.4 Progress Monitoring and Reporting
SFA Foundation grantees are required to develop and implement systems for tracking and monitoring the supervision of SFA Foundation students.
3.5 Supervisor’s Salaries
Supervisors on SFA Foundation grants should be paid by their current employer, either grant holding institution or degree awarding institution, and not through the SFA Foundation grant.
For any queries on this policy, please contact [email protected]