African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (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 tailored fellowships.
AWARD is a catalyst for innovations with high potential to contribute to the prosperity and well-being of African smallholder farmers, most of whom are women.
Worth of award

  • AWARD Fellows benefit from a two-year career-development program focused on fostering mentoring partnerships, building science skills, and developing leadership capacity. Following a highly competitive process, the fellowships are awarded on the basis of intellectual merit, leadership capacity, and the potential of the scientist’s research to improve the daily lives of smallholder farmers, especially women.
  • AWARD Fellows remain in their place of employment or study, while benefiting from the following professional opportunities.

Fostering Mentoring Partnerships

  • AWARD Mentoring Orientation Workshop (five days) for each fellow and her chosen mentor to set three achievable career-development goals. These goals are focused on building the fellows’ scientific and leadership skills, which are needed to deliver gender-responsive agricultural research, such as collecting gender-disaggregated data
  • Monthly mentoring meetings for one year with a mentor (a senior scientist or professional) to work together on the above goals
  • Support to mentor a junior woman scientist of the fellow’s choice in second year of fellowship

Building Science Skills

  • Professional association membership support for two years
  • Support to attend a science conference
  • AWARD Science Skills Course (seven days), including one-day module on gender-responsive agricultural research for development
  • Competition for advanced science training (post-master’s and post-doctoral fellows only), composed of either a three-  to-nine month research attachment or a one- to-six week short science course

Developing Leadership Capacity

  • AWARD Leadership Skills Course (five days) for post-bachelor fellows
  • AWARD Women’s Leadership and Management Course (seven days) for post-master’s and post-doctoral fellows
  • Support to hold a role-modeling event in the fellow’s chosen community or institution

Tracking Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation

  • Participation in sub-regional AWARD Progress Monitoring Meetings

What is not offered;

  • Funding to support the fellow’s academic studies
  • Research grants


  • Women agricultural scientists who are citizens of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, or Zambia, who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in one of the disciplines listed below, or other agriculture-related fields, are eligible to apply.
  •  Applicants must be resident in Africa throughout the fellowship period
  • Agricultural economics
    Agricultural engineering
    Animal and livestock sciences
    Aquatic resources and fisheries
    Biodiversity conservation
    Crop science
    Extension education
    Food science and nutrition
  • Forestry and agroforestry
    Molecular biology (plant/animal breeding)
    Natural resources management
    Plant/animal virology
    Soil science
    Veterinary sciences
    Water and irrigation management

How to apply

  • Applications must be made online, see link below

Deadline: Apply before August 8, 2015
Click here for details and to apply

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