Jul 16, 2021
Announcing the Selection of 24 Outstanding Young Women for an Immersive Leadership Program

We are delighted to announce the selection of exceptional young women to participate in an immersive leadership program that seeks to enhance their ability to lead and innovate in the scientific world. Selected from a pool of more than 770 candidates who applied for the AWARD Leadership Program for Emerging African Women in the 24 high-potential young leaders under the age of 35 years hail from 10 African countries.

Their research focuses on a wide range of agricultural science disciplines, including fisheries and aquaculture; marine ecology; crop disease management; biosecurity, among others. They are a demonstration of Africa’s incredible wealth and breadth of leadership talent, which promises well for the Continent’s future.

See the selected candidates here.

The AWARD Leadership Program for Emerging African Women in Science, launching today, July 16, 2021, and running until September 2021, is offered under the umbrella of the Global Forum on Women in Scientific Research (GoFoWiSeR). GoFoWiSeR was established to address the systemic causes of the gender gap in STEM and spotlights the strategies and approaches that improve the numbers and experiences of women in STEM.

The two-month immersive virtual Program is tailored to address some of the challenges that impede young women’s growth into leadership in science. The Program will comprise highly interactive training sessions on leadership and mentoring, proposal writing and communication skills, and one-on-one coaching sessions. AWARD Training will deliver the training and coaching.

About AWARD Training

AWARD’s training courses reflect our commitment to unlocking the potential of scientific innovation for agriculture-driven inclusive growth and prosperity. Available to participants from all over the world, AWARD training courses cover a broad base of knowledge and skills designed to leave participants enlightened, empowered, and inspired to make significant positive impacts on their careers and the institutions for which they work.

AWARD has heavily invested in building a pool of 36 highly qualified trainers from nine African countries, equipped with the skills and tools needed to deliver AWARD courses at global standards.

The AWARD Leadership Program for Emerging African Women in Science is funded by The Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY).


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