One Planet Fellowship Initiative for Scientists from Africa.
Closes on February 15, 2021
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.
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 $20 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 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:
• Fostering Leadership Skills
• Strengthening Scientific Research Skills
• 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.
To be eligible for the One Planet Fellowship, the applicants should:
• be a citizen of the following countries: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire,
Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia
• be 40 years of age or younger by February 15, 2021
• have completed at least a master’s degree or equivalent in any discipline relevant to
climate change with a focus on agriculture and food systems
• reside in Africa and be actively engaged in research, policy and/or practice relevant to
climate change and Africa’s smallholder agriculture
Pre-conditions for participation in the One Planet Fellowship
The successful applicants will be confirmed upon:
• submission and verification of the details of relevant authorities and formal
endorsement by the home institution
• submission and verification of the required documentation to confirm the Fellowship
offer. This documentation primarily includes copies of passport and academic
• acceptance of the AWARD’s code of conduct
• timely, official communication to AWARD on the participation in any other capacity