The following text is from an email our colleagues in the Gender & Diversity programme sent out this week. It is a call for applications for their African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) fellowship program. Deadline is March 25th, 2011.
70 top African women scientists from 11 countries to be chosen
African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is calling for applications for its fourth cohort of fellowships. Up to 70 top African women scientists from 11 countries – including Liberia for the first time – who are conducting agricultural research in selected disciplines will be chosen. Application forms are available online at http://www.awardfellowships.org/ and the deadline is March 25, 2011.
“We are pleased and excited to offer this unique opportunity to African women agricultural scientists whose work is so critical,” said Vicki Wilde, AWARD Director. “Since our project began in 2008, almost 2,000 qualified women have competed for the 180 coveted fellowships offered, proving the need for a program that boosts the careers of women researchers. We expect to receive even more applications this year as we expand to Liberia and word about the benefits of AWARD spreads to women scientists and agricultural institutions throughout the region.”
African women working in agricultural research and development from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in selected agricultural disciplines are eligible to apply.
The fellowships are awarded on the basis of intellectual merit, leadership capacity, and the potential of the scientist’s research to improve the daily lives of smallholder farmers, especially women.
AWARD’s goal is to strengthen the research and leadership skills of African women in agricultural science, empowering them to contribute more effectively to poverty alleviation and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. AWARD offers…fellowships focused on establishing mentoring partnerships, building science skills, and developing leadership capacity.
AWARD addresses many of the barriers, including a lack of role models and mentors, which prevent African women from playing a more active role in agricultural research and from considering a career in agricultural science.
Full application details, including application guidelines and forms to download, are available at www.awardfellowships.org. Successful applicants will be announced in mid-July 2011.