Since 2008, AWARD has, through individually tailored two-year fellowships, worked to strengthen the research and leadership skills of African women in agricultural science, empowering them to contribute more effectively to alleviating poverty and increasing food security in sub-Saharan Africa.
In the One Planet Fellowship, the AWARD Fellowship Model is scaled up and out, so that the replicability of an intervention that was originally designed to empower African women scientists is tested robustly.
The One Planet Fellowship is an opportunity for African scientists to share their context-specific knowledge with European scientists, for emerging European scientists to gain valuable exposure to the context within which scientific research is conducted on the continent, and for established scientists from Europe and Africa to invest in building the next generation of climate scientists.
Most importantly, The One Planet Fellowship will build scientists’ skill in deploying a gender lens to analyze the potential of their research to bridge the gender gap in African agriculture, especially when it comes to access to new technology.
Implementation of One Planet Fellowship is led by AWARD and involve several activities :
- Three rounds of open competition to select One Planet Fellows
- Identification and appointment of the fellows’ mentors
- A variety of learning experiences including building science writing skills, leadership skills, mentoring skills and gender integration in agricultural research
- Support to build a community of practice of outstanding climate adaptation researchers in Africa and Europe
- Knowledge exchange forums