African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) One Planet Fellowship 2021 for African Researchers.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2021, 23:59 East Africa Time (GMT+3)

The One Planet Fellowship seeks to build a vibrant, highly connected and intergenerational network of African and European scientists equipped to lead research on the multi-dimensional impacts of climate change on Africa’s agriculture and food systems while also identifying and developing innovative solutions to effectively respond to the challenges, needs and priorities of diverse population groups across the continent.

Eligibility criteria
To be eligible for the One Planet Fellowship, the applicants should:
• be a citizen of the following countries: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia
• be 40 years of age or younger by February 15, 2021
• have completed at least a master’s degree or equivalent in any discipline relevant to climate change with focus on agriculture and food systems
• reside in Africa and be actively engaged in research, policy and/or practice relevant to climate change and Africa’s smallholder agriculture

Pre-conditions for participation in the One Planet Fellowship
The successful applicants will be confirmed upon:
• submission and verification of the details of relevant authorities and formal endorsement by the home institution
• submission and verification of the required documentation to confirm the Fellowship offer. This documentation primarily includes copies of passport and academic certificates obtained
• acceptance of the AWARD’s code of conduct
• timely, official communication to AWARD on the participation in any other capacity building programs

A three-tiered mentoring program

The One Planet Laureate candidates are paired with more established African scientists (Mentors) who are carefully chosen to match their area of expertise and career objectives. The proposed Laureate-Mentor pairs commence a year-long mentorship relationship and are supported to build successful partnerships geared toward enhancing the Laureates’ career growth.

In the third year of the Fellowship, the Laureate candidates select emerging African and European scientists (also
known as Learning Partners) to whom they serve as Mentors. This model creates a mentorship pod of three generations of
scientists working on innovations to help African smallholder farmers adapt to a changing climate..

A series of training and scientific events

The Laureate candidates, their Mentors, and Learning Partners are supported to attend various AWARD Training courses
including, the Mentoring Orientation Workshops, the Leadership, Gender Responsive Research, and Science skills courses, and other events jointly organized by AWARD and partners.

Advanced Science Training (AST)


In the second year of the Fellowship, Candidates are competitively supported to participate in research placements
at internationally recognized research institutes. This process will require the candidates to work closely with
renowned scientists (also referred to as Research Supervisors) from across the world on mutually agreed research projects on climate and agriculture-related issues.

Laureates’ ceremony


At the end of the three-year process, candidates who satisfactorily complete all elements of the Fellowship will be named
One Planet Laureates and will join an elite cohort of scientists.

Establishment of a One Planet Community of Practice


To facilitate a sustainable pipeline of climate science leaders, the Fellowship will support the formation and
establishment of a Community of Practice (CoP) on climate change and agricultural development. This CoP will be facilitated to grow and support continuous learning among climate change researchers


The call for applications closes on February 15, 2021, 23:59 East Africa Time (GMT+3). Applications will NOT be accepted after this date.

Applicants should carefully read the application guidelines for more information on eligibility criteria and the application process.

Download the application guidelines

Download the Fellowship brochure  

Download the frequently asked questions

Download the One Planet Fellowship scientific framework 

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the AWARD One Planet Fellowship 2021

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