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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 600 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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