The latest news and highlights from AWARD
October 2016

AWARD hosts African Development Bank Vice President

AWARD Team with AfDB Representatives.

AWARD played host to Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, the Special Envoy on Gender and Vice President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and other representatives from the bank on September 21, 2016. The visit by the AfDB team was aimed at exploring a potential partnership between the two institutions. Read More

AWARD at AGRF 2016
From Left: Professor Roger Guy Poulter (AECF board member), Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Lord Paul Boateng (AECF board chair), Dr. Maria Andrade (AWARD Mentor and honoree), Dr. Jan Low (AWARD Mentor and honoree), Anabela Manhica (2010 AWARD Fellow), and Kola Masha (AECF board member).

This year’s African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF 2016) took place in Nairobi, Kenya from September 5-9. The main focus was on the future of Africa, through agricultural transformation. AWARD participated in the week-long event and the Director, Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, was the key speaker at one of the first panel sessions where her topic was on, “Building leaders-Looking to the future, women and youth in agriculture”. This side event was hosted by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Read More 

AWARD and RUFORUM host the Enhancing Negotiation Skills for Women Course

The 2016 Enhancing Negotiations Skills for Women course participants. 

AWARD partnered with RUFORUM from September 13-16 to host a course on enhancing the negotiation skills of women. AWARD’s Director, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, kick-started the course with a discussion on the importance of empowering and teaching African women the significance of negotiations. Read more

The John Innes Centre Receives its First AWARD Fellow

Dr. Obiageli stands with Dr. Lomonssoff at the John Innes Centre.

Angela Eni Obiageli is the first AWARD Fellow to undertake her Advanced Science Training with the John Innes Centre in Norwich, United Kingdom, following a recent partnership formed between AWARD and the institution. The John Innes Centre is an independent international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiologyRead More 

Applying the Gender Lens to Scientific Research

2014 AWARD Fellow from Malawi Lessah Mandoloma (front row, second from the left) shares her experiences at the Global Research Council Policy Conference in India.

"Attending the Global Research Council Policy Conference in India was a life altering experience. The excitement and challenges it presented changed my view point about a lot of things in science. The theme of the conference was 'Exploring practical approaches to applying the gender lens in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa'. Read More

A Passion for Building Leadership             

Pauline Bomett is passionate about reading, organising and working with people and this is manifested in how well she interacts with the colleagues and course participants during our courses.

Bomett has been with AWARD since its onset. Now she is the Leadership and Training senior manager and oversees AWARD's engagements with the partner institutions and the fellows training process. She talks about her highlights and the changes she has observed as the AWARD program continues to grow. 
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Witness Transformations; A Mentor’s Experience - Sylvester Oikeh 

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Funding and Grant Opportunities

2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
Deadline: October 26, 2017
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NAFSA Global Fellowship Program
Deadline: November 7, 2016
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BMEL-Call for proposals
Deadline: December 1, 2016
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Food and Business Applied Research-Call for proposals
Deadline: December 6, 2016
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Local Economic Development: Towards Agribusiness Cluster Development
Deadline: December 12, 2016
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International Center for development oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA)
Deadline: June 2, 2017
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CASE Africa Conference 2016
November 8-10, 2016
Nairobi, Kenya
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African ESP Conference
Nairobi, Kenya
November 21-25, 2016
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Symposium on Rainwater-Smart Management in sub-Saharan Africa
February 21-23, 2017
Hamburg, Germany
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InterDrought-V Conference
February 21-25, 2017
Hyderabad, India
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AfriPlantSci: Plant Metabolism for Improved Nutrition and Health
February 20 - March 4, 2017
Arusha, Tanzania
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