Type of Funding
The AWARD Pan-African Fellowship Program commencing February 2019 is inviting applications from female scientists in agricultural science from francophone Africa. The Program seeks to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening the research and leadership skills of these women scientists and to maximize interactions between English and French-speaking women in agricultural science. AWARD Fellows benefit from a 2-year career-development program that focuses on mentoring partnerships, building science skills, and developing leadership capacity.
Up to 22 fellowships will be awarded.
During the 2-year fellowship, AWARD Fellows remain in their institutions, continue their research, and travel to attend AWARD training courses held in various locations across Africa. The AWARD Fellowship package includes:
- Fostering mentoring partnerships
- One-to-one monthly mentoring by a senior scientist or professional for each AWARD Fellow
- Developing leadership capacity
- Attend 1 or 2 week-long training courses semi-annually
- Building science skills
AWARD Fellows do not receive any cash payments except token amounts to cover direct expenses for participation in events. When attending an AWARD workshop, expenses are fully covered. AWARD may also cover expenses for training programs, professional memberships, travel, etc.
AWARD does not provide funds for academic study.
Women agricultural scientists who are citizens of Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Togo, who have completed at the minimum a Bachelors degree and doing research in fields related to agriculture and food, are eligible to apply. Agricultural related fields include but are not limited to: agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, agronomy, food science and nutrition, extension education, ecology; molecular biology, plant/animal breeding, crop science, animal and livestock sciences, entomology, natural resource management; virology; soil science; aquatic resources/fisheries, forestry and agroforestry, biodiversity conservation, horticulture; and water/irrigation management.
Applicants must be residing in Africa and below 40 years old or younger. Preference will be given to applicants working on sustainable agricultural value chains; sustainable food system; agro-ecology and resilient seed systems.
Those who are previous fellows or mentors in the AWARD Fellowship Initiative are ineligible. The fellowship is awarded based on intellectual merit, leadership capacity and the potential impact of the scientist’s research to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
Applications are to be done online by 8 October 2018.