July 24, 2014

A.W.A.R.D Fellowships for African Women in Agriculture

AWARD Fellowships for African Women

Course(s) Offered: Agric Science, Research, Development
Course Level: Graduate (master, doctoral, postdoctoral)
Provider: CGIAR
Country to Study in: Africa

Scholarship Description
The African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is a professional career development program that strengthens the research and leadership skills of African women through tailored fellowships in agricultural science, empowering them to contribute more effectively to poverty alleviation and food security in sub-Saharan Africa.

AWARD is a project of the Gender & Diversity Program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). It is generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, Agropolis Fondation, and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. AWARD is a preferred service provider of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and is hosted by the CGIAR’s World Agroforestry Centre.

The Gender and Diversity program invites applications for fellowships under the AWARD Program for women who have a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree.

Eligibility
Women agricultural scientists who are citizens of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, or Zambia are eligible to apply.

These scientists must have completed a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, in the disciplines listed below.

Applicants must be resident in Africa throughout the fellowship period.

There is no age restriction.

Selection criteria:
The AWARD Steering Committee selects winners based on applicants’ research focus and aspirations, aligned with AWARD’s goals, and potential to contribute to agricultural development in Africa that benefits smallholder farmers, especially women.

Eligible groups
Citizens of the following African countries:
Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia

Participating Institutions
AWARD’s training courses, held over a two-year period, take place in various locations in Africa. Fellows stay in their institutions, continue their research, and travel to AWARD training courses being held in the various African locations.

Fields of study
Fellowships are awarded in the following disciplines:
  1. Agricultural economics,
  2. Agricultural engineering,
  3. Animal and livestock sciences,
  4. Agronomy,
  5. Aquatic resources and fisheries,
  6. Biodiversity conservation,
  7. Crop sciences (including horticulture),
  8. Ecology,
  9. Entomology,
  10. Extension education,
  11. Food sciences and nutrition,
  12. Forestry and Agroforestry,
  13. Horticulture,
  14. Molecular biology (plant/animal breeding),
  15. Natural resources management,
  16. Plant/animal virology,
  17. Soil sciences,
  18. Veterinary sciences and
  19. Water and irrigation management.
Unlike any other fellowship, AWARD delivers a well-tested, career – development program that includes: Fostering Mentoring Partnerships, Building Science Skills, Developing Leadership Capacity and Tracking Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation.

Number of Awards
Up to seventy (70) women will be chosen. To date, 390 African women scientists from the 11 countries have benefited directly as AWARD Fellows.

Sponsorship duration
Whole duration of program - this is a two-year program

Scholarship benefits
The AWARD Fellowship is a two-year program that offers a series of career-development resources that:
  • establish a mentorship for each fellow with a senior scientist
  • build science skills
  • develop leadership capacity
The fellowships will offer a tailored and comprehensive package aimed at increasing skills, visibility, networks and contributions in the service of fighting hunger and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.

Method of Application
To apply, download the Application Form found at the top right corner of the official webpage. In addition, do NOT forget to also download and read thoroughly the Application Guidelines.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for compete details on how to apply.

DEADLINES:
This fellowship is awarded every year. Applicants have until August 8, 2014 to apply for this AWARD Fellowship.

PLEASE NOTE:
Applications received after the deadline and incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Winners will be notified in December 2014.

Successful candidates must be available to attend one of the three five-day AWARD Mentoring Orientation Workshops to be held in February/March in Kenya. Dates to be announced.

Women with PhD degrees, including those in post-doctoral positions and women scientists with MA/MSc/MPhil/BA/BSc degrees are also eligible to apply.

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), is generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, Agropolis Fondation and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.

To contact or for queries?
African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)
Hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri
P.O. Box 30677-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

Email: awardinfo@cgiar.org

Application Deadline: 8 August 2014
Open to International students: No (ONLY Africans)

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