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About the One Planet Fellowship Initiative

The United Nations warns that “climate change is costing communities and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow.”

Experts agree that the African continent is particularly vulnerable to climate change and hundreds of millions of lives are at risk of hunger and starvation if Africa is unable to feed its growing population.

Research and innovation in the agricultural sector can help Africa feed a growing population in the context of a changing climate but only if investments are made now to build a pipeline of the next generation of research scientists.

That is why African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), France’s BNP Paribas Foundation and France’s Agropolis Fondation have partnered to implement the One Planet Fellowship.

The One Planet Fellowship seeks to build a vibrant, highly connected, and intergenerational network of African and European scientist leaders equipped to lead next-generation research focused on helping Africa’s smallholder farmers adapt to a changing climate.

One Planet Fellowship is a new $15 million initiative dedicated to supporting research on climate change adaptation.

Announced at the One Planet Summit in 2017, The One Planet Fellowship is a career-accelerator designed to enhance the capacity of high potential agricultural researchers focused on climate change adaptation,by building their leadership, scientific research, networking, and mentoring skills.

The One Planet Fellowship Model

The One Planet Fellowship brings together an intergenerational network of scientists from across Africa and Europe and contributes towards building a robust pipeline of climate science leaders.

Inspired by the AWARD Fellowship Model, One Planet Fellowship’s interventions target high potential scientists in a career acceleration process aimed at:

  1. Fostering Leadership Skills
  2. Strengthening Scientific Research Skills
  3. Catalyzing Research Partnerships and Networks

It brings together an intergenerational network of scientists from across Africa and Europe; strengthens the leadership skills of emerging climate scientists from both continents; and contributes towards building a robust pipeline of climate science leaders.