Thank you for your interest in the Global State of Young Scientists (GloSYS) Africa Survey!

We are currently slightly revising the survey and will re-release the updated version very soon.
 
Thanks for your willingness to participate in the GloSYS study-- we really appreciate your help!

First off, let's establish whether you fit the eligibility criteria for the study.

 
Do you hold a PhD or doctoral degree? *

     
 
Do you hold a master's or equivalent degree? *

     
 
Do you currently live in one of the following countries:

Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda or Zimbabwe *

     
 
Were you born in, or did you grow up in, one of the following countries:

Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda or Zimbabwe *

     
 
Which of the following broad academic disciplines best corresponds to your PhD or doctoral degree?


 
Are you currently working towards a PhD or doctoral degree?

(taking courses and/or conducting research)
     
 
Were you employed in a research capacity (i.e. earning money in a research-related career) for some time prior to beginning your PhD/doctoral program? *

     
 
Which of the following broad academic disciplines best corresponds to your PhD or doctoral program?


 
What influenced your decision to begin your doctoral program after having spent some time in a research-related career?


 
Do you hold a master's degree or equivalent? *

     
 
Which of the following broad academic disciplines best corresponds to your masters or equivalent degree?


 
Do you consider yourself a researcher? *

As a researcher, you may be carrying out or supervising research in any discipline and any employment sector (not just academia). You may also be improving, developing, or supervising the improvement/development of new products, processes, or services.
     
 
Were you previously in a research-related career?

     
 
If you would like, briefly explain why you left your research-related career.

(optional)
 
Which of the following best describes your current professional situation? *

If more than one applies, pick the one that occupies most of your time

 
Is your job a full-time or a part-time position?


 
Is your position soft-funded (i.e. do you need to secure funding for your position via grants)

     
 
Which type of employment contract do you have?


 
Please specify the sector of employment of your main job


 
Is the institution at which you work public or private?


 
What is the name of your institution?

optional
 
Which of the following sectors does your work fall into?


 
Do you hold your appointment at a public or private institution?


 
What is the name of your institution?

optional
 
Is your position full time or part time?


 
Which of the following best describes the sector your work falls into?


 
Do you work full time or part time?


 
If you would like, briefly describe what led to your self-employment

 
How many people does your business employ?

 
Do you work full time or part time?


 
Which of the following best describes the sector your work falls into?


 
Were you employed in a research capacity (i.e. earning money in a research-related career) for some time prior to your unemployment? *

     
 
Are you seeking employment?


 
How long have you been looking for employment?


 
Which of the following are reasons for your current unemployment?


 
If you would like to, please elaborate on your unemployment status

 
Which of the following best describes your professional situation before you went on leave?


 
Please specify the sector of employment of the job you held before going on leave.


 
Is the institution where you hold your position public or private?


 
What is the name of your institution?

optional
 
Which type of employment contract do you have?


 
Before you went on leave, were you working full- or part time?


 
Have you ever held a postdoctoral (postdoc) position?

     
 
What is the total number of years during which you held a postdoctoral (postdoc) position?

 
Have you ever taken family or medical leave with arrangements to return to your employment/fellowship when your leave is over?


 
You've finished the first section of the survey!
 
Now that we know a bit about your career and educational background, we would like to learn more about your motivations to enter a research career, how your research is funded, and what working conditions are like for you.


 
How much do you agree that the following influenced your decision to enter a research-oriented career:

 
work-life balance

 
training/teaching the next generation of students

 
employment/job security

 
pay/renumeration/salary

 
high social status/respect/recognition as an expert

 
applying knowledge to improve society

 
continuous learning and training

 
ability to work internationally

 
What inspires your choice in research topics?


 
Do you require funding to do your research?

     
 
Please briefly describe how your research is funded.

 
In the past three years, have you received funding for your research from any source?

     
 
From which of the following did you receive funding in the last three years?


 
In the past three years, on the whole, has the total amount of funding you have received been sufficient to cover your expenses related to salary, research costs, and/or travel (as applicable)?


 
In the past three (3) years, have you applied for funding for your research?

     
 
How many funding applications would you say you have submitted in the last three years?

 
Of the funding applications you submitted in the last three years, how many were granted?

 
On average, how many hours per week do you actually work?

 
Compared to what you would like it to be ideally, how does your current average workload for the following tasks compare to what you would like it to ideally be?

- If you have more than one job, answer for your main job
- Leave blank any items that are not applicable to you
 
Research

active involvement in experiments, data collection, analysis, writing up of results, etc.)
 
Teaching

including preparation and assessment
 
Training and supervision

of students/postdocs/staff
 
Fundraising/ applying for grants

 
Administrative tasks

paperwork, committees, departmental meetings, etc.
 
Service

voluntary services within organization, counseling colleagues/students
 
Thinking about your workload before going on leave, compared to what you would like it to be ideally, how  did your average workload for the following tasks compare to what you would like it to ideally be?

- If you have more than one job, answer for your main job
- Leave blank any items that are not applicable to you
 
Research

active involvement in experiments, data collection, analysis, writing up of results, etc.
 
Teaching

including preparation and assessment
 
Training and supervision

of students/postdocs/staff
 
Fundraising/ applying for grants

 
Administrative tasks

paperwork, committees, departmental meetings, etc.
 
Service

voluntary services within organization, counseling colleagues/students
 
How satisfied are you with the following aspects of your position?

- If you have more than one job, answer for your main job
- Leave blank any items that are not applicable to you
 
Overall satisfaction

 
Income/salary/renumeration

 
job security

 
intellectual freedom

 
working hours

 
teaching infrastructure

e.g. rooms, equipment, etc.
 
research infrastructure

e.g. rooms, labs, materials, equipment, access to literature
 
Employment benefits: healthcare

 
Employment benefits: maternity/paternity/family leave

 
Opportunities for advancement

 
Management structure/administrative hierarchies

 
Compared to what you would like it to be ideally, how does your current average workload for the following tasks compare to what you would like it to ideally be?

- If you have more than one job, answer for your main job
- Leave blank any items that are not applicable to you
 
Research

active involvement in experiments, data collection, analysis, writing up of results, etc.
 
Teaching

including preparation and assessment
 
Training and supervision

of students/postdocs/staff
 
Fundraising/ applying for grants

 
Administrative tasks

paperwork, committees, departmental meetings, etc.
 
Service

voluntary services within organization, counseling colleagues/students
 
Thinking about your work before going on leave, compared to what you would like it to be ideally, how did your average workload for the following tasks compare to what you would like it to ideally be?

- If you have more than one job, answer for your main job
- Leave blank any items that are not applicable to you
 
Research

active involvement in experiments, data collection, analysis, writing up of results, etc.
 
Teaching

including preparation and assessment
 
Training and supervision

of students/postdocs/staff
 
Fundraising/ applying for grants

 
Administrative tasks

paperwork, committees, departmental meetings, etc.
 
Service

voluntary services within organization, counseling colleagues/students
 
How satisfied are you with the following aspects of your position?

If you hold more than one job, answer for your main job
Leave blank any items that are not applicable to you
 
Overall satisfaction

 
Income/salary/renumeration

 
job security

 
intellectual freedom

 
working hours

 
teaching infrastructure

e.g. rooms, equipment, etc.
 
research infrastructure

e.g. rooms, labs, materials, equipment, access to literature
 
Employment benefits: healthcare

 
Employment benefits: maternity/paternity/family leave

 
Opportunities for advancement

 
Management structure/administrative hierarchies

 
How does your average workload for the following tasks compare to what you would like it to ideally be?

- If you have more than one job, answer for your main job
- if you are currently on leave, answer for your average workload before you went on leave

- Leave blank any items that are not applicable to you
 
Research

active involvement in experiments, data collection, analysis, writing up of results, etc.
 
Management and Administration

 
Consulting

 
Training and supervision

 
Fundraising/ applying for grants

 
Service

voluntary services within organization, counseling colleagues/students
 
How satisfied are you with the following aspects of your position?

If you hold more than one job, answer for your main job
Leave blank any items that are not applicable to you
 
Overall satisfaction

 
Income/salary/renumeration

 
job security

 
intellectual freedom

 
working hours

 
teaching infrastructure

e.g. rooms, equipment, etc.
 
research infrastructure

e.g. rooms, labs, materials, equipment, access to literature
 
Employment benefits: healthcare

 
Employment benefits: maternity/paternity/family leave

 
Opportunities for advancement

 
Management structure/administrative hierarchies

 
In the next section, we would like to get a sense of your mobility history. The next several questions are related to where you have lived, worked, and studied, and your reasons for choosing those countries.

 
Did you spend a significant part of your childhood in a country other than the one you were born in?

     
 
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Are you currently living in {{answer_h9Ah}}?

     
 
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Please tell us more about any country or countries other than {{answer_h9Ah}} that you have lived, studied, or worked in for more than three months in the last 10 years.

Let's start with the most recent country.

 
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Let's start with the most recent country.

 
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How long was your stay in {{answer_ZrLg}}?


 
What was/were your reason(s) for moving to {{answer_ZrLg}}?


 
What was/were your reason(s) for leaving {{answer_ZrLg}} upon the end of your stay?


 
Are there additional countries, other than where you were born or grew up, that you lived/worked/studied in for 3 months or more in the last 10 years?

     
 
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What was/were your reason(s) for moving to {{answer_igbO}}?


 
What was/were your reason(s) for leaving {{answer_igbO}} upon the end of your stay?


 
Aside from {{answer_ZrLg}} and {{answer_igbO}}, have you lived in any additional countries (other than where you grew up) for 3 months or more in the past 10 years?

     
 
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What was/were your reason(s) for moving to {{answer_nl0N}}?


 
What was/were your reason(s) for leaving {{answer_nl0N}} upon the end of your stay?


 
You indicated that you lived in {{answer_ZrLg}}, {{answer_igbO}}, and {{answer_nl0N}} in the past 10 years. Are there any additional countries (other than where you were born or grew up) where you lived for more than 3 months in the past 10 years?

     
 
How long was your stay in {{answer_IYl1}}?


 
What was/were your reason(s) for moving to {{answer_IYl1}}?


 
What was/were your reason(s) for leaving {{answer_IYl1}} upon the end of your stay?


 
Thank you for telling us about your mobility history!
We also have a few questions about your future mobility intentions.

 
Do you intend to leave the country you are currently living in in the near future?


 
What is/are your reasons for intending to leave your current country of residence in the near future?


 
Thank you for supplying information about your experience with international mobility as well as your future mobility intentions. We have a few additional career-related questions for you.

 
Please quantify your output over the past three years for the following items

state a number; if none, please write 0
 
Articles (including co-authored) published in refereed/peer-reviewed academic journals

i.e. published in SCI, SSCI, and A&HCI listed journals
 
Books published (including co-authored)

i.e. monographs and edited volumes
 
Book chapters published (including co-authored)

 
Essays, newspaper articles, or other outreach media (podcasts, radio interviews, etc.)

 
oral presentations at conferences

 
poster presentations at conferences

 
patents granted

 
patents resulting in commercialized products, processes, or licenses (both pending and granted)

 
companies started

 
contributions to law-making processes or public policy

 
expert reports addressing societal or global challenges (including co-authored)

 
computer programs ( including co-writing)

 
works of art performed or exhibited

 
films or videos released

 
How often do you collaborate on joint research projects with the following:

 
researchers from own organization/institution/company

If not applicable to you, leave blank
 
researchers from other institutions or organizations in the country where you are primarily based

If not applicable to you, leave blank
 
researchers from other countries (within the continent where you are currently based)

If not applicable to you, leave blank
 
researchers from other countries (outside of the the continent where you are currently based)

If not applicable to you, leave blank
 
researchers from other disciplines/research fields

If not applicable to you, leave blank
 
researchers from private companies

If not applicable to you, leave blank
 
researchers from NGOs or governmental agencies

If not applicable to you, leave blank
 
Please indicate how much, if at all, the following have had any negative impact on your career.

 
lack of training opportunities to develop professional skills

 
lack of support from institutional superiors

 
lack of resources: staff, material, etc.

 
lack of funding opportunities/research grants

 
lack of support in identifying and applying for funding

 
periods of unemployment

 
job insecurity

 
limitation of academic/intellectual freedom

if not applicable, leave blank
 
issues of work-family balance: children

if not applicable, leave blank
 
issues of work-family balance: caring for family members other than children

if not applicable to you, leave blank
 
struggling with your physical health

if not applicable, leave blank
 
struggling with your mental health

if not applicable, leave blank
 
restrictions on geographical mobility

 
political instability or war

 
inequitable hiring practices

 
inequality based on gender

 
inequality based on race/ethnicity

 
inequality based on religion

 
inequality based on sexual orientation

 
harassment based on gender

 
harassment based on different power position

 
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

 
I have confidence in my abilities as a researcher.

 
I am supported by my supervisor and/or other colleagues in my career.

 
I can count on the support of my supervisor and/or other colleagues if personal or family issues arise

 
I have role models of my same gender to look up to for inspiration

 
My family supports my career choices

 
My community at home values qualified women in the workforce.

 
Pressures to have children have impacted my career progression.

 
Do you currently have someone who you think of as your mentor in your professional life?

     
 
Does this mentor have the skills required to mentor you effectively?

     
 
How important to you for your career progression are or have been the following types of support from more senior colleagues or mentors?

 
advice on career decisions

 
introduction to important networks

 
attaining a position/job via direct intervention by a senior colleague/mentor

 
skill training: methodology/technical skills

 
skill training: grant writing/fundraising

 
skill training: scientific writing

 
Do you consider yourself a mentor?

     
 
Do you have the skills you need to be an effective mentor?

     
 
How much do you agree or disagree with the following two statements?

 
In general, upon the completion of my highest degree, I was confident in my career prospects (i.e. obtaining a good job, securing funding, etc.)

 
In general, currently, I am confident in my career prospects (i.e. obtaining a good job, securing funding, etc.)

 
You are almost done! Thanks so much for your answers so far!

This final section of the survey concerns your personal and family situation (age, citizenship status, ethnic background, etc.). You may refuse to answer any of the questions in the next section if you wish, but this information is very important for us to be able to investigate the effect of personal background on the career trajectories of young researchers.

All responses will be kept strictly confidential.

 
With which gender do you identify?


 
What is your year of birth?

leave blank if you would prefer not to disclose your birth year
 
What is your citizenship/residency status in the country where you currently live?


 
The following three questions may be sensitive to you, and concern your racial/ethnic background. We want to clarify that we are not referring here to biological or genetic terms; instead, we are interested in the social relevance of race and ethnicity.

These questions are optional, and you may choose not to answer them, but they may tell us important information which we can use to develop policy recommendations aimed at better supporting young scientists and scholars from underrepresented groups.   

 
Which of the following broad categories best corresponds with your race?


 
Beyond your broader racial group, what is your ethnic background (for example tribal affiliation or nationality)?

leave blank if you prefer not to answer
 
If you feel that your race or ethnicity has in any way impacted your career path (positively or negatively) and would like to elaborate, please do so here.

 
Do you have children?

     
 
Does your child live in your household?

     
 
What is the highest educational degree your father has completed?


 
What is the highest educational degree your mother has completed?


 
Are you a member of a young academy?

     
 
Which young academy are you a member of?

 
You are nearly finished! Only four questions left to go!

 
Would you be willing to be contacted by our team in case we need clarification about our answers?

     
 
Would you like to be contacted by our team for any follow-up research in the future and to receive a copy of the final study report?

     
 
One last quick item: if you have any comments or feedback on our survey, please leave them here.

Thank you-- you have completed the Global State of Young Scientists (GloSYS) Africa survey!

Thank you for taking the time to supply your information, which will help us create policy recommendations to improve the situation for young young scientists like you.

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