IFS welcomes 65 New Grantees in 2021

Published: 2021-10-14

On the 24th of September, IFS celebrated the accomplishment of 65 grantees who successfully obtained the highly competitive IFS research grant in 2021. A welcoming ceremony was held online and a diverse group of grantees from all over the world joined in live to celebrate. IFS grantees were calling in from Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia.

Participants at the IFS 2021 welcoming ceremony

After a warm welcome from IFS Director, Dr Nighisty Ghezae, grantees were introduced to members of the IFS secretariat Welcome speech delivered by the IFS Director, Dr Nighisty Ghezae to the 2021 grantees. They were given tips on how to make the most out of their time with IFS and how the IFS secretariat could help them. There were presentations on the IFS programme given by Scientific Programme Coordinator, Dr Ingrid Leemans, and Programme Administrator, Ms Annika Eriksson. This was followed by a presentation on gender equity in research by Scientific Programme Coordinator, Dr Jennifer Sjölund to raise awareness of the work that IFS does in supporting women in science and incorporating a gender perspective in all its actions. Other IFS staff that were present included, Mr Bahati Orlendo (Web Editor, Social Media & Information Manager), Ms Ingrid Lindhe (Programme Administrator), Ms Jill Wallin (Purchasing Manager), and Ms Sirilak Pongpatipat.

Chair of the IFS Alumni Association in Nigeria, Prof John Igoli informed the new grantees about the many activities carried out by IFS alumni associations - national grassroot groups of IFS grantees that provide support to prospective and current IFS grantees. He talked about the activities of the IFS alumni associations and how current grantees could be involved.

Positive messages and well wishes were exchanged. The event ended with the recital of a closing poem for grantees (below) and the final networking session – an opportunity for grantees to meet some of their peers and widen their scientific network.

We’ve brought you together from different nations

to celebrate and say: Congratulations!


You all made it through and passed the test,

and we will support you to all be your best


Through thick and thin, whatever the weather,

whatever the problem, we are in this together.


The IFS family has grown with you all

so whenever you need us, just e-mail or call


And if you’re in town, come for coffee or tea

it’s normally ready just before 3


And soon it is time for the networking session

there’s no better chance for a good first impression


We wish you success for the coming years.

Now off you go to meet your new peers.




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