2017 AWARD Fellowship call for applications

Seeking top women scientists from Francophone Africa

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is working toward inclusive, agriculture-driven prosperity for the African continent by strengthening the production and dissemination of more gender-responsive agricultural research and innovation. We invest in African scientists, research institutions, and agribusinesses so that they can deliver agricultural innovations that better respond to the needs and priorities of a diversity of women and men across Africa’s agricultural value chains.

The AWARD Fellowship is a career-development program that since 2008 has, through tailored fellowships, equipped top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their science and leadership skills. The fellowship is a catalyst for innovations with high potential to contribute to the prosperity and wellbeing of African smallholder farmers

AWARD Fellows benefit from a two-year fellowship 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 and leadership capacity.


Women agricultural scientists who are citizens of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, and Togo.

Education: Completed bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree.
Discipline: All domains in agriculture and food are eligible.

Priority will be given to scientists working on research to benefit the sorghum and millet value chains, seed systems, and agroecological transitions.

AWARD Mentor, Associate Professor Florence Olubayo, a senior lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, is an agricultural scientist with emphasis in Integrated Crop Pest management, Postharvest pest management, and Agricultural Technology transfer.

The AWARD Difference

During the two-year fellowship, AWARD Fellows remain in their institutions, continue their research, and travel to attend AWARD training courses held in various locations across Africa. The AWARD Fellowship package includes:

Fostering Mentoring Partnerships

  • One-to-one monthly mentoring by a senior scientist or professional for each AWARD Fellow

Developing Leadership Capacity

  • Participation in the internationally recognized AWARD Women’s Leadership and Management Course or the AWARD Leadership Skills Course
  • Support to host a community role-modeling event

Building Science Skills

  • Participation in AWARD Science Skills Courses, with an option of science or proposal writing
  • Opportunities to compete for advanced science training at leading international universities and institutions

Application closed.

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