The African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), a project of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Gender & Diversity Program, is now accepting applications for its 2010 fellowships.

African women working in agricultural research and development from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in selected disciplines are invited to apply.

AWARD offers tailored, two-year fellowships designed to fast-track the careers of African women scientists and professionals delivering pro-poor agricultural research and development that benefits rural communities, especially women. Their goal is to help them increase their contributions in the fight against hunger and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.

Some 60-70 African women professionals in agricultural research and development who hold a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree will be chosen. More information about these fellowships can also be found on the AWARD news & views blog.

Those interested in applying have to hurry up because the deadline for all applications is March 22, 2010.