African Women in Agricultural Research and Development Fellowship

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 7 September, 2012
Opportunity type: 
Fellowships and Scholarships

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is a professional development programme that strengthens the research and leadership skills of African women in agricultural science, empowering them to contribute more effectively to poverty alleviation and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. AWARD is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development.

AWARD offers two-year fellowships that include a series of career development resources to; establish a mentorship for each fellow with a senior scientist, build science skills, and develop leadership capacity.

AWARD holds training courses in various locations in Africa during the two-year programme and covers fellows’ travel costs to attend.


Women agricultural scientists who are nationals of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, or Zambia, who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, particularly in the disciplines listed below, are eligible to apply. There is no age restriction.

  • Agricultural economics ;
  • Ecology ;
  • Molecular biology (plant/animal breeding) ;
  • Agricultural engineering ;
  • Entomology ;
  • Natural resources management ;
  • Agronomy ;
  • Extension education ;
  • Plant/animal virology ;
  • Animal and livestock sciences ;
  • Food science and nutrition ;
  • Soil science ;
  • Aquatic resources and fisheries ;
  • Forestry and agroforestry ;
  • Veterinary sciences ;
  • Biodiversity conservation ;
  • Horticulture ;
  • Water and irrigation management ; and
  •  Crop science.

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