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AWARD Leadership Program for African Students 2023

The inaugural Cohort of the AWARD Leadership Program for Emerging African Women in Science, piloted in 2021, comprised 24 women from 10 African countries. They are excited to invite applications for a second Cohort of young women in science who will participate in an enhanced customised leadership program.

The six-month virtual collaborative leadership program is uniquely designed to equip participants with the skills and confidence to lead and innovate. Participants will attend immersive training sessions on various topics, including leadership and management, communication and gender-responsive research. The program is further designed to foster peer learning through group coaching, enabling participants to leverage peers’ wisdom and experience to respond to leadership challenges better.

The Leadership Program will also expose participants to innovative tools for developing career roadmaps and navigating complex environments, expanding their networks while prioritizing their participation in various learning forums offered by AWARD and its partners.


AWARD is a career-development program that since 2008 has, through tailored fellowships, equipped top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their science and leadership skills. AWARD envisions a robust, resilient, and gender responsive agricultural innovation system working to drive prosperity and food and nutrition security for Africa. We invest in African scientists and institutions so that they can deliver innovative, sustainable, gender-responsive agricultural research and development for the continent.... continue reading


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AWARD Leadership Program

Application Deadline16 Jun 2023
TypeCollege School
GenderMen and Women

Aim and Benefits of AWARD Leadership Program

Participants will get a deeper understanding of:

  • Effective leadership styles and developing their leadership potential.
  • How to define their career path and leverage networks to advance their careers.
  • How to develop personal brands to build confidence in pitching their research ideas to potential funding agencies and collaborators.
  • The necessary tools and skills to successfully manage teams, navigate organizational dynamics, build alliances, and take risks.
  • How to navigate around gender dynamics and apply proven strategies to be effective negotiators and
    problem solvers.

Requirements for AWARD Leadership Program Qualification

  • The program is available to high-potential female applicants below the age of 35 years working in science, and with at least five years full-time sector experience.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of a B.Sc. degree from a recognized university.
  • Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to growth, clearly articulate their career goals and demonstrate their ability to take on leadership responsibility.
  • Only applicants from sub-Saharan African countries are eligible to apply.
  • The language of instruction and delivery is English, and participants must have a working knowledge of the English language. Language support is not available for this program.

Application Deadline

June 16, 2023

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to AWARD on to apply

For more details,visit AWARD website

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