Women scientists in Africa are invited to apply to become fellows of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) program in 2015. Up to 70 fellowship opportunities are available.
AWARD is a career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills, through two-year fellowships. Entering its seventh round this year, AWARD is offering 70 fellowships on the basis of intellectual merit, leadership capacity, and the potential of the scientist’s research to help improve food security and the livelihoods of African smallholder farmers, especially women.
AWARD directly invests in women scientists, empowering them to help close the gender gap across the agricultural value chain
Preliminary data collected from the first 180 AWARD alumnae revealed that:
- 84 percent experienced a significant increase in their confidence and motivation to excel, lead, and contribute toward a great vision for the future
- 87 percent improved their scientific skills and access to resources. This contributed to a significant increase in their scientific outputs, and a more than doubling of their annual publication rates in peer-reviewed journals.
- at least 80 percent are involved in the development of new methodologies and/or technologies, about half of which are being developed together with smallholder farmers
- 52 percent were promoted in their workplaces
- Applicants must be the citizens of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda,Tanzania, Uganda, or Zambia.
- Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in one of the following disciplines – Agricultural economics, Agricultural engineering, Agronomy, Animal and livestock sciences, Aquatic resources and fisheries, Biodiversity conservation, Crop science, Ecology, Entomology, Extension education, Food science and nutrition, Forestry and agro-forestry, Horticulture, Molecular biology (plant/animal breeding), Natural resources management, Plant/animal virology, Soil science, Veterinary sciences, Water and irrigation management, and other agriculture-related field.
- Applicants must commit to reside in Africa throughout the fellowship period.
- Applicants must commit to be available to attend one of three five-day AWARD Mentoring Orientation Workshops, to be held in Kenya if selected for fellowship.
Interested women are encouraged to submit applications at the fellowship program’s website www.awardfellowships.org. Applications are to be completed and submitted online.
Deadline: August 8, 2014.
For additional information, kindly visit the AWARD Fellowship Call for Appplication