The AWARD Fellowship Package
The call for applications for the fifth round of AWARD fellowships closed on September 7, 2012. Winners will be selected in mid-December, and the program will begin in February 2013.
AWARD has made some changes to its fellowship package in response to its monitoring and evaluation findings, and feedback from previous fellows and mentors.
Unlike any other fellowship, AWARD delivers a well-tested, career-development program that includes:
1. Fostering Mentoring Partnerships
2. Building Science Skills
3. Developing Leadership Capacity
4. Tracking Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation
AWARD Fellows remain in their place of employment or study, while benefiting from the following professional opportunities.
• Mentoring Orientation Workshop (five days) for each fellow and her chosen mentor to set three achievable career goals
• Monthly mentoring meeting for one year with a designated mentor (a senior scientist or professional) to develop scientific skills and networks
• Opportunity to mentor a junior woman scientist of the fellow’s choice (in second year of fellowship)
Science Skills Building
• AWARD Science Skills Course, including one-day module on gender-responsive agricultural research for development
(Note: Post-doctoral fellows may choose this or the AWARD Enhancing Negotiation Skills for Women Course)
• Professional association membership fees paid for two years
• Laptop computer and internet service or support to attend a science conference
• Option to apply for a short course in gender-responsive agricultural research for development, or other
• Opportunity to submit a proposal to compete for advanced science training (post-master’s and post-doctoral fellows only)
Leadership Capacity Development
• AWARD Leadership Skills Course (five days) for post-bachelor fellows
• AWARD Women’s Leadership and Management Course (seven days) for post-master’s and post-doctoral fellows
• Support to hold a role-modeling event
Tracking Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation
• Participation in sub-regional AWARD monitoring and networking meetings
AWARD implements an innovative monitoring and evaluation (M&E) process, which is an integral part of its program. AWARD tracks changes in its participants: their career advancements, scientific outputs, influence within research institutions, and actions that respond effectively to smallholder priorities. All fellows and mentors are expected to collect and interpret data about their progress, and identify enabling and hindering factors.
What is not offered: