AWARD: Scholarship Programme

Organization for Women in Sciences for the Developing World

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Unaffiliated Researcher Graduate Student Faculty Working Professional Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Africa

Location of residency: Ethiopia; Ghana; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi Expand all

Gender restriction: Female

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AWARD is a career-development program that since 2008 has, through tailored fellowship, equipped top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their science and leadership skills. AWARD is a catalyst for innovations with high potential to contribute to the prosperity and well-being of African smallholder farmers. 

AWARD Fellows benefit from a two-year fellowship focused on fostering mentoring partnerships, building science skills, and developing leadership capacity. Following a highly competitive process, the fellowship is awarded on the basis of intellectual merit, leadership capacity and the potential impact of the scientist's research to improve the livelihoods of small holder farmers.

AWARD Fellows remain in their place of employment or study, while benefiting from the following professional opportunities:

  • Fostering Mentoring Partnerships
  • Building Science Skills
  • Developing Leadership Capacity
  • Tracking Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation

Outstanding women share one passion: To help alleviate hunger and poverty in Africa through their research, working alongside the continents smallholder farmers, most of whom are women.

AWARD helps women scientists to build their technical skills in several ways.

First, AWARD offers courses to equip participants to write and edit scientific papers for peer review, and gain the technical skills required for effective research proposal writing in order to raise funds for their research. Each course contains a component on gender issues in agricultural R&D. 

Secondly, AWARD offers fellows the opportunity to compete for advanced science training placements at internationally recognized research institutions. AWARD also supports fellows to attend science conferences to present their papers and posters. Such training and support helps prepare scientists to produce the technological innovations and advances required for positive, sustainable impacts in agricultural R&D in Africa. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • AWARD Fellows range from recent university graduates to recognized experts in their fields.
  • Their research covers various disciplines in agricultural R&D.
  • Fellows' mentees must have a minimum qualification of a bachelor's degree in an agricultural field.