Application Deadline: 3rd January 2014.
The African Fellowship Trust is a registered UK charity with overview of the ‘Africa’s Land and Food Fellowship’ (ALFF) programme. The ALFF programme offers Scholarships for African students to study at the Royal Agricultural University at Cirencester in the UK, with industrial placements at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University. The African Fellowship Trust maintains close contact with Fellows when they return home in order to monitor progress on projects and careers,
Established in 2006, the Africa’s Land and Food Fellowship (ALFF) programme offers African students approximately 10 scholarships annually. To date, over 50 Fellows have either completed, or are participating in, the programme at the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester in the United Kingdom, with industrial placements organised by the Standard Bank Centre for Agribusiness Leadership & Mentorship Development at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Since the Fellowship was launched in 2005, over 1.3 million pounds has been generously provided by donors in support of the programme. This funding has provided for leadership training; the development of professional networks and supporting industrial experience, together with study opportunities on the master’s programmes in agriculture, food and rural development at the Royal Agricultural University.
All of the fellows subsequently return to Africa and many are now making significant leadership contributions through their various occupations to managing change in rural development, food supply and security, farming, agribusiness, agricultural education and government. The programme is specifically linked to the MSc International Rural Development and the MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security courses.
Fellowships are offered to Africans mainly from Sub-Saharan Africa who have experience in agriculture, food or natural resource exploitation and management; an interest in land reform; and a desire to make a strategic and sustainable contribution to Africa’s development. In short, tomorrow’s innovators and leaders.
In order to allow Fellows to completely focus on development issues and strategies for Africa, fully-funded Fellowships are offered that cover:
– Accommodation in the UK and on secondment
– International travel costs (return air fares to Africa)
– Local travel for networking and secondments
– Incidental expenses
The cost associated with funding a Fellow to complete the programme is currently £23,000 which
includes the cost of running and developing the Trust.
Scholarships cover tuition fees, board and accommodation, flights to and from the UK and South Africa, provision for networking and a short industrial placement mainly in South Africa under the guidance of Stellenbosch University. Scholarships also cover incidental costs whilst in the UK and on placement in South Africa; however, applicants are advised that funding does not include provision for home and family costs.
Eligible African Countries:
- South Africa,
- Burkina Faso,
- Kenya and
For More Information:
African Land and Food Fellowship Programme, please email African.Fellowship@rau.ac.uk