Frequently Asked Questions

Dear Applicant,

You can find answers to the most common questions about the AWARD Fellowship in this section. In case you have additional questions, please send an email to awardinfo@cgiar.org;

AWARD through its Fellowship Initiative, is fostering a cadre of women agricultural scientists ready to play an influential role in African agricultural research and development. Previous AWARD Fellows have demonstrated increased confidence and assertiveness, and a greater desire to lead and guide others. To learn more on the impact of the AWARD Fellowship Initiative, please watch our three-minute infographic.

The application period for the 2019 AWARD Pan-African Fellowship Program begins on September 04, 2018 and closes October 08, 2018, 23:59 East Africa Time (EAT). Applications that are late or incomplete will not be considered.

Yes. You will be required to provide your identification documents to verify your age at the next stage if you are selected.

Sorry, you are not eligible. The next round of AWARD Pan-African Fellowship is specifically for women agricultural scientists who are citizen of the following African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Togo.

Sorry, you are not eligible. This second round of the AWARD Pan-African Fellowship targets specifically women agricultural scientists from the above listed countries. African countries that are not listed are unfortunately not included in the scope of AWARD’s current grant funding.

Yes. You are eligible if you resides in Africa throughout the fellowship period.

No. You must have completed and been awarded a minimum of a bachelor’s degree by the time you are applying for the fellowship.

Yes. You qualify for the fellowship. If you will graduate with your master’s by the start of the fellowship, please indicate that on your application.

Yes. You are eligible to apply for the fellowship.

Yes, you are eligible. However, you will be required to provide a letter of support from a research institution/university if you are selected as an AWARD Fellow.

Yes. Women scientists working with international agricultural research centers, including CGIAR centers, who are citizens of the listed African countries are eligible to apply for the fellowship.

The fellowship is open to women scientists in a wide range of agricultural research disciplines. These disciplines should be relevant to AWARD’s overall goal of improving the livelihoods of smallholders and addressing needs and priorities of both men and women in agricultural value chains.

Yes. You can apply if you meet the other eligibility criteria.

Yes. You can apply if you meet the other eligibility criteria.

Yes. It is possible to have several AWARD Fellows from the same organization/institution.

No. AWARD Mentors are no longer eligible for the fellowship.

If you are selected as an AWARD Fellow, you will be required to provide a letter of support from your institution and two references. However, this letter is not required at the application stage.

The fellowship does not require a large amount of time in general. You will attend one or two week-long training courses semi-annually. You will also meet with your mentor for about an hour once a month for a year. However, you may decide to apply for AWARD-supported advanced science training (AST), which is available to AWARD Fellows with master’s or doctoral degrees. If you are selected, you will have to negotiate with your institution to be absent for at least three months and up to a maximum of nine months. This AST benefits both you and your home institution.

The AWARD Steering Committee selects the winners based on intellectual merit and the potential of the scientist’s research to address the needs and priorities of both men and women in agricultural value chains.

This call targets up to 22 outstanding applicants to receive and benefit from the AWARD Fellowship.

The AWARD Steering Committee will shortlist the finalists in November 2018. Candidates will be notified immediately by email after the selection process.

The winners will be publicly announced in February 2019 at a News Conference held during the first AWARD Mentoring Orientation Workshop. Their names will be published on the AWARD website.

The AWARD Fellowship begins with a week-long Mentoring Orientation Workshop for new fellows and their mentors. The workshop will be offered in February 18-22, 2019; fellows and their mentors must attend all the sessions. The venue will be communicated later..

AWARD Fellows are expected to set three attainable career goals during the initial Mentoring Orientation Workshop with their mentors, and to work toward achieving those during the fellowship period. They are expected to participate fully in the AWARD courses and to effectively apply the knowledge and skills gained.

Fellows participate in several AWARD training and related events. A schedule of events will be provided to the selected fellows to help them plan accordingly.

The AWARD Fellowship is a career development program for individual scientists which also extends to strengthening the capacity of AWARD Fellows’ home institutions.

Yes. It is necessary to attend all training offered. All courses are one week-long.

No. AWARD does not provide funds for academic studies. However, AWARD Fellows receive regular information about available scholarships and research funding opportunities on the AWARD website and social media pages.

AWARD Fellows do not receive any cash payments except token amounts to cover direct expenses for participation in events. AWARD does not pay sitting fees. When attending an AWARD workshop, expenses are fully covered. AWARD covers expenses for training programs, travel and other related items.

What sets winning AWARD applicants apart from many other high-quality competitors is that they convincingly demonstrated alignment between their career and personal goals and AWARD’s mission. In particular, they showed great potential and genuine interest in pro-poor and gender responsive agricultural research for development. They gave tangible evidence about this in their résumés/CVs, providing real evidence that they have what it takes to help change the agricultural landscape in Africa.

In many instances, they have submitted incomplete applications. Sometimes, applications are complete but contain very minimal information. A common mistake that applicants make is to focus exclusively on why the fellowship is important to them. Although that is certainly part of the AWARD selection focus, we also need to see that applicants understand that ultimately the AWARD Fellowship is designed to make greater impact on the ground. The “me-focus” - looking only at one’s own short-term personal and professional needs - disqualifies a large number of otherwise eligible applicants.