Two types of advanced science training are available:
(See specific FAQs pertaining to each below.)
Research attachments will allow fellows to:
Short courses in areas such as research management, statistical analysis, environmental leadership, or gender mainstreaming will allow fellows to:
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.
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.
AWARD Fellows have undertaken the short courses listed below and others:
AWARD Fellows are also invited to propose short courses not listed, for AWARD’s review.
For more information, contact: