The AWARD Fellowship Package
AWARD delivers a well-tested, career-development program that includes:
- Fostering Mentoring Partnerships
- Building Science Skills
- Developing Leadership Capacity
- Tracking Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation
AWARD Fellows remain in their place of employment or study, while benefiting from the following professional opportunities.
- 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
Science Skills Building
- AWARD Science Skills Course (seven days), including one-day module on gender-responsive agricultural research for development
- Professional association membership support for two years
- Support to attend a science conference
- Opportunity to submit a proposal to compete for advanced science training (post-master’s and post-doctoral fellows only), comprised of either a three- to-nine month research attachment or a one- to-six week short science course.
Leadership Capacity Development
- 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
AWARD implements an innovative monitoring and evaluation (M&E) process, which is an integral part of its program. AWARD tracks changes in its participants, including their career advancements, scientific outputs, influence within research institutions, and actions that respond effectively to smallholder’s priorities. All fellows and mentors are expected to collect and interpret data about their progress, and identify enabling and hindering factors.
What is not offered:
- funding to support the fellow’s academic studies
- research grants