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3 December 2019

New call for the next cohort of the One Planet Fellowship

The call for the next cohort of the One Planet Fellowship is now open for applications.

The One Planet Fellowship seeks to build a vibrant, highly connected, and inter-generational network of African and European scientist leaders equipped to use a gender lens to help Africa’s smallholder farmers adapt to a changing climate.

The first cohort, consisting of 45 high-potential scientists selected from a pool of more than 1,500 applicants, was launched in September 2019.

Announced at the inaugural One Planet Summit held in Paris in December 2017, the One Planet Fellowship invests in high-potential early career researchers from Africa and Europe, and accelerates their scientific careers so that they are better able to develop relevant and gender-responsive climate adaptation solutions aimed at African smallholder farmers.

This second Call sees the inclusion of two North African countries, i.e., Algeria and Morocco, in addition to six anglophone (Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia) and six francophone countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal, Togo).

Inspired by the AWARD Fellowship Model, the five-year, USD 19.2 million initiative seeks to invest in up to 630 competitively selected agricultural scientists. Selected candidates will participate in an intensive, three-year 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 BNP Paribas Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada’s International Development Research Center and the European Commission’s DeSIRA Programme jointly fund OPFP. It is jointly implemented by the AWARD Programme and Agropolis Fondation.

Application for the Fellowship is via an online registration form.
The call for applications closes on 31 March 2020, 23:59 East Africa Time (GMT+3). Applications will not be accepted after this date.