2015 AWARD Fellows Why AWARD? What is AWARD?
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Deborah Nabuuma on a team visit to a banana farm in DR Congo

Susan Mwai presenting her poster at the AWARD Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Progress Monitoring Meeting 2016

"Our commitment to see more women take their place in research labs, at policy debates, and across the agricultural sector is unwavering." AWARD's Director, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg. 

AWARD celebrates the contribution and hard work by women around the world. Happy International Women’s Day!

Our training courses take a holistic and practical approach to agricultural research and development.

Two types of advanced science training are available: 

  • three- to-nine-month research attachment OR
  • short course of one to three weeks

(See specific FAQs pertaining to each below.)


Research attachments will allow fellows to:

  • work with renowned scientists in their areas of interest
  • acquire skills using state-of-the-art equipment and resources
  • present their research in an internal seminar at the end of the attachment
  • publish jointly with their host institution supervisor/colleagues
  • build and strengthen networks between home and host institutions


Short courses in areas such as research management, statistical analysis, environmental leadership, or gender mainstreaming will allow fellows to:

  • acquire new knowledge and skills in their area of interest using state-of-the-art resources
  • expand their professional networks
  • build and strengthen networks between home and host institutions


Post-master’s and post-doctoral 2013 AWARD Fellows are eligible to apply for advanced science training.

For the eligible 2013 fellows, AWARD has funding to offer up to 25 advanced science training opportunities, depending on fellows’ choices of host/training institutions and countries (costs vary considerably). Among the 2013 AWARD Fellows, 53 are eligible to apply for advanced science training, which means competition is stiff. Be sure to prepare your application carefully and thoroughly.

The AWARD Fellowship for women with bachelor’s degrees concentrates on providing them with the skills necessary to become a more confident and well-rounded scientist, including leadership skills. Advanced science training generally benefits scientists who have more experience at this point in their careers. Also, we only have funding for a limited number of advanced science trainings and we believe that more senior scientists benefit most from these opportunities.

The deadline is July 31, 2014.

A committee, including AWARD Steering Committee members, will select successful applicants based on application quality, relevance of the suggested research/training to the fellow’s research, as well as potential impact on smallholder agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa.

Results will be announced at the beginning of February 2015, and successful fellows will begin their advanced science training in early 2015. Experience shows that AWARD staff members and the fellows need at least six months to identify suitable and willing host institutions, obtain approvals from fellows’ home institutions to pursue the attachment, agree on work plans with their assigned host institution supervisors, and arrange for visas and logistics.

Questions Regarding Research Attachments

AWARD receives generous funding for advanced science training for its fellows from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development, among others, and partners with institutions and research centers worldwide.

The following science partners provide full or partial support for AWARD’s advanced science training of fellows for up to nine months:


Yes, this is possible. AWARD will assist you to identify the most suitable station.

No, sorry, this is not possible. Our experience with previous fellows has shown that considerable time is required to get familiar with the host institution and the working/living environment. Therefore, we advise fellows to invest their time in one institution.

Fellows are encouraged to seek advice from the AWARD team and their mentors on suitable and recommended host institutions and potential supervisors, and include these on their application form. However, please don’t contact suggested host institutions before applying.

Fellows are encouraged to discuss the advanced science training options and the respective durations with their supervisors and mentors before applying. Fellows’ suggestions will be considered along with the recommendations from the host institutions and the available options for appropriate short courses.

AWARD recommends that you discuss your plans with your supervisor before you apply to obtain permission and support.

Questions Regarding Short Courses

AWARD Fellows have undertaken the short courses listed below and others:

  • Beahr's Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A. Offers a three-week course in environmental and natural resource science, policy, and leadership to strengthen the capacities of environmental practitioners worldwide.
  • The Management for Development Foundation (MDF) Training and Consultancy, The Netherlands. Offers a two‐week training course on gender mainstreaming on projects and programs.
  • African Doctoral Academy, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Offers a variety of courses on research designs, survey methods, statistical methods, evaluation methods, doctoral supervision, practical training and support for research publication in recognized scientific journals, among others.

AWARD Fellows are also invited to propose short courses not listed, for AWARD’s review.



For more information, contact:
Dr. Sheila Okoth This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.