Apply for the One Planet Fellowship for Women in Agriculture

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Introduction

Applicants are invited to apply for One Planet Fellowship program with an aim to build a vibrant, highly connected, and intergenerational network of African and European scientist leaders equipped to use a gender lens help Africa’s smallholder farmers adapt to a changing climate.

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) will lead the management of the Fellowship in partnership with Agropolis Foundation. It is working toward inclusive, agriculture-driven prosperity for Africa by strengthening the production and dissemination of more gender-responsive agricultural research and innovation. They invest in African scientists, research institutions, and agribusinesses so that they can deliver agricultural innovations that better respond to the needs and priorities of a diversity of women and men across Africa’s agricultural value chains.

Model

Inspired by the AWARD Fellowship Model, the One Planet Fellowship entails the following activities:

  • A highly competitive selection process: For candidates who will become One Planet Laureates upon completion of the three-year non-residential fellowship process.
  • A matching (pairing) process: The proposed One Planet Laureates are paired with more established African scientists (Mentors) who are carefully chosen to match their area of expertise and career objectives.
  • A mentoring program: The proposed Laureate-Mentor pairs commence a year-long mentorship relationship and are supported to build successful partnerships geared toward enhancing the Laureates’ career growth.
  • A series of training and scientific events: The proposed Laureates, their Mentors and Learning Partners are supported to attend various AWARD courses including, the Mentoring Orientation Workshops, the Leadership and Science skills courses, and other events jointly organized by AWARD and partners.
  • Advanced Science Training (AST): In the final year of the Fellowship, the best performing proposed Laureates are supported to participate in research placements at internationally recognized research institutes. This process will require the proposed Laureates to work closely with renowned scientists (also referred to as Research Supervisors) from across the world on mutually agreed research projects on climate and agriculture-related issues.
  • Laureates’ ceremony: At the end of the 3-year process, scientists who satisfactorily complete all elements of the Fellowship will be named One Planet Laureates and will join an elite cohort of scientists.

One Planet Fellowship at a Glance

  • A five-year and USD 15 million initiative
  • Targets 600 agricultural scientists in a career-acceleration process aimed at:
    • Fostering leadership skills
    • Sharpening scientific skills
  • Enhancing scientists capacity to integrate gender into their research
  • Catalyzing research partnerships and networks
  • Diverse activities over five years starting February 2019:
    • Competitive Selection
    • Community of practice
    • Mentoring Partnerships
    • Learning Experiences.

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants for the One Planet Fellowship must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen of one of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia;
  • Be aged 40 years or less as of April 2019;
  • Have attained a minimum education level of a bachelor’s degree;
  • Reside in Africa and be actively engaged in research, policy, and practice relevant to climate change and Africa’s smallholder agriculture.

How to Apply

  • Application for the One Planet Fellowship is via an online form available on the Fellowship website.
  • The application form is available in both English, and French and applicants are encouraged to access and submit their application form in their most proficient language.
  • Late or incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

For more information, please visit https://oneplanetfellowship.org/inaugural-call-applications-one-planet-fellowship-opens

Deadline: 30 April 2019

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