The One Planet Fellowship Receives Funding Boost from the European Union

Agropolis Fondation and the European Union (EU) have signed a €3M Grant Agreement to support the implementation of the One Planet Fellowship on the occasion of the 3rd African Union-European Union Agriculture Ministerial Conference held at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN).

Launched in December 2017 in Paris, France, during the first One Planet Summit, the One planet Fellowship will work to build the capacity of high potential researchers from Africa and Europe to develop relevant, gender-responsive interventions towards climate change adaptation. The Fellowship targets up to 600 African and European research scientists working on climate change in Africa to foster a vibrant, intergenerational network of African and European Climate change scientists. 

The €3M grant from the EC complements the $15M combined funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the BNP Paribas Foundation and will support the intensification of the Africa-Europe collaboration component of the Fellowship.

The inaugural call for the One Planet Fellowship, which closed on April 30, 2019, saw a total of 1,523 applications received from 12 African countries including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia. The selection process for the first cohort of 40 candidates who will join the program in September 2019 is ongoing.

The One Planet Fellowship is managed by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and Agropolis Fondation.