Established in 2008, AWARD was launched following a successful three-year pilot program in East Africa with support from the Rockefeller Foundation from 2005-2008. AWARD is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development.
AWARD is a professional development program that strengthens the research and leadership skills of African women in agricultural science, empowering them to contribute more effectively to poverty alleviation and food security in sub-Saharan Africa.
AWARD has 250 fellows in its program who have been chosen from a large pool of applicants from 11 sub-Saharan African countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia).
AWARD Fellows represent the following disciplines:
|Agricultural economics||Food sciences and nutrition|
|Agricultural engineering||Forestry and agroforestry|
|Animal and livestock sciences||Molecular biology (plant/animal breeding)|
|Aquatic resources and fisheries||Natural resources management|
|Biodiversity conservation||Plant/animal virology|
|Crop sciences||Soil sciences|
|Entomology||Water and irrigation management|