2020 One Planet Fellowship for African Researchers

Deadline: March 31, 2020.

The call for the next cohort of the One Planet Fellowship is now open for applications and will close on March 31, 2020. 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 outstanding high-potential scientists selected from a pool of 1523 applicants, was launched in September 2019.

In this call, the Fellowship is expanding into North Africa, targeting applications from young scientists from Morocco and Algeria in addition to the following sub-Saharan African countries; Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia.


To be eligible for the One Planet Fellowship, applicants must meet the eligibility criteria outlined below:

1. 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

2. Be 40 years of age or younger by March 31, 2020

3. Have at least a master’s degree or equivalent in any discipline relevant to climate change adaptation with focus on agriculture and food systems

5. Have research experience in any of the five thematic areas as outlined in the One Planet Scientific Fellowship Framework

6. Reside in Africa and be actively engaged in research, policy and/or practice relevant to climate change and Africa’s smallholder agriculture

7. Not a previous beneficiary of the AWARD Fellowship initiative


1. During the Fellowship participants gain leadership, scientific research, networking, and mentoring skills.

2. It is expected that these skills will help participants to advance in their careers by increasing their confidence and visibility.

3. The Fellowship will also create a vibrant, highly connected, and intergenerational network among African and European scientists to lead the next-generation research focused on helping Africa’s smallholder farmers adapt to climate change.



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