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Date: Fri, 27 September 2019

Investing in the next generation of African scientists addressing climate change

A novel career development program supporting the development of native scientists to address climate change in Africa

On September 16, 2019, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) in collaboration with France’s Agropolis Fondation inaugurated the first cohort of the One Planet Fellowship consisting of 45 outstanding scientists working on a wide range of agricultural research topics. The scientists, referred to as Laureate Candidates, were selected from a pool of 1,523 applicants from 12 countries including Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia.

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Date: Tue, 3 September 2019

Unveiling the Inaugural Cohort of the One Planet Fellowship

The inaugural cohort of the One Planet Fellowship Laureate Candidates has been selected! Among 1, 523 applicants from six anglophone and six francophone African countries who responded to the call for the inaugural applications early this year, 45 of Africa’s outstanding young, high-potential scientists have been selected to take part in the Fellowship. The Laureate Candidates hail from Benin, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Togo, Zambia, Nigeria, Mali, Malawi, Senegal, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Côte d'Ivoire.

The official launch of the cohort will take place on September 16, 2019, at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The launch will also mark the commencement of the Fellowship activities with a week-long Fellowship and Mentoring Orientation Workshop for the 45 Laureate Candidates and an additional group of 45 seasoned researchers on the African continent who will serve as Mentors to the Candidates.

The One Planet Laureate Candidates are focusing on a wide range of agricultural research topics including climate-smart agricultural innovations, greenhouse gas emissions from smallholder farming systems, trends in climate variability and change among others. Some of the Laureate Candidates are also contributing authors to the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports.

Keep it here for in-depth profiles of the Candidates who will go through a three-year career acceleration process to enhance their leadership and scientific capacities to help African smallholder farmers cope with the changing climate.

Announced at the One Planet Summit in 2017, the One Planet Fellowship is a career development initiative that is building a robust pipeline of scientists leading climate change research in Africa. The Fellowship is designed to build and enhance the mentoring, scientific, networking, and leadership skills of high-potential researchers working on the nexus between agriculture and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Date: Tue, 20 August 2019

Official Launch of the One Planet Fellowship on September 16, 2019

Please save the date, September 16, 2019, to participate in the official launch of the One Planet Fellowship in Nairobi, Kenya. This $20M five-year initiative is investing in up to 630 of the next generation of African and European scientists who are working to help African smallholder farmers adapt to a changing climate.

Expected guests include representatives from key partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the BNP Paribas Group, the European Union, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Agropolis Fondation. Also expected are representatives from the Government of Kenya, High Commissioners and members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Kenya, members of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) community including the Steering Committee and the Scientific Advisory Panel of the One Planet Fellowship, and other prominent climate change scientists.

The launch event coincides with the inauguration of the first cohort of the One Planet Laureate candidates. Please join us as we celebrate these 45 scientists selected from 12 African countries, as they represent the future of Africa’s capacity to conduct cutting-edge research on climate adaptation.

Date: Wed, 26 June 2019

One Planet Fellowship receives funding boost from the European Union

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), the European Union (EU) committed a 3M grant to support the implementation of the One Planet Fellowship.

The One Planet Fellowship is a career-development program that is building a robust pipeline of climate science leaders equipped to use a gender lens to help Africa’s smallholder farmers adapt to climate change. It is designed to build and enhance the mentoring, scientific, networking, and leadership skills of the next generation of climate scientists.

Targeting 630 scientists, the Fellowship will catalyze research partnerships and networks and will connect African scientists with European scientists to provide valuable exposure for contextualization of climate change research in Africa. The €3M grant from the European Commission 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 45 candidates who will join the program in September 2019 is ongoing.

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

Date: Fri, 1 February 2019

The inaugural call for applications for the One Planet Fellowship opens

The call to apply for the first cohort of the One Planet Fellowship is now open. The One Planet Fellowship seeks to build a vibrant, highly connected, and intergenerational network of African and European scientist leaders equipped to use a gender lens help Africa’s smallholder farmers adapt to a changing climate.

Creation of the Fellowship was announced at the inaugural One Planet Summit held in Paris in December 2017. Led by France’s President Macron, the One Planet Summit was convened to outline concrete steps by private and public sector actors working together to meet the objectives set by the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

At the 2017 Summit, 12 commitments consisting of 30 actions were made to intensify and accelerate global efforts to fight climate change. The One Planet Fellowship is Action no. 1 of Commitment no. 3 which focuses on mobilizing researchers and young people to work for the climate. The 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.

Inspired by the AWARD Fellowship Model, the USD 15 million, five-year initiative seeks to invest in 630 agricultural scientists through three rounds of open competition. Selected candidates will participate in an intensive, non-residential, career acceleration process aimed at fostering leadership skills, strengthening scientific research skills including integrating gender into their research, and catalyzing research partnerships and networks. Candidates who complete the three-year process will become One Planet Laureates.

The call to apply for the 2019 cohort of One Planet Fellowship is now open and will close on April 30, 2019, 23:59 East Africa Time (GMT+3).

Applicants who are the citizen of the following sub-Sahara African countries are eligible to apply: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia. Applications for the Fellowship is via an online registration form. Applicants from French-speaking countries should use this form while applicants from English-speaking countries should use this form. The call for applications closes on April 30, 2019, 23:59 East Africa Time (GMT+3). Applications will NOT be accepted after this date.

Download the Fellowship brochure here.

Read the frequently asked questions here.

Download the One Planet Fellowship scientific framework here

Date: Fri, 6 July 2018

YASE 2018 conference in Toulouse (University Toulouse-Capitole, 11 rue des Puits Creusés), first conference dedicated to young African scientists in Europe.

AWARD and the Agropolis Foundation participated in two parallel sessions at the conference to present the One Planet Fellowship Program initiative.

Research networks and inter-African collaborations: Scientific cooperation networks between African countries (without excluding the participation of countries from other continents) allow better development of good research (by breaking the intellectual isolation of researchers, pooling resources, etc.)
Speaker: Michèle Mbo'o-Tchouawou, AWARD (Kenya) about AWARD’s agenda towards promoting research networks.

Spearheading science to address societal issues: How can scientific knowledge and advances help political leaders to make better decisions? How can science help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals ? Should science in Africa have application goals, or should funding also be kept for basic and forward-looking research?
Speaker: Oliver Oliveros, Agropolis Foundation.

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Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2017

New $15M fellowship program to support Africa’s adaptation to climate change launched

December 12, 2017, at the One Planet Summit in Paris, France: The Government of France, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the BNP Paribas Fondation and African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) announced the One Planet Fellowship.  AWARD will manage this 15 million-dollar, five-year initiative aimed at building a vibrant, highly connected, and intergenerational network of African and European scientist leaders who are equipped to lead next generation research in climate adaptation.

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