The One Planet Summit organized on 15 December 2017 in Paris outlined concrete steps by private and public sector actors working together to meet the objectives set by the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The 12 commitments that resulted out of this convening consist of 30 actions intended to intensify and accelerate global efforts to fight climate change. One of these actions, under Commitment 3 (Mobilizing researchers and young people to work for the climate), is the implementation of One Planet Fellowship Programme.
The One Planet Fellowship Programme aims to build a vibrant, connected and intergenerational network of African and European scientists equipped to lead research on agriculture - climate change in Africa.
It is designed to enhance the capacity of high potential researchers focused on agriculture and climate change adaptation and mitigation. Its three pillars include:
Three successive Calls for applications in Africa are launched in 2019-2020. For each Call, up to 45 candidates (25 women, 20 male) are selected to take part in a 3-year fellowship cycle.
Each candidate Fellow is matched to an African mentor. Those who will have the opportunity to do an AST in Europe will be matched with a European science supervisor as well. Each candidate Fellow will also be paired with and mentor a junior African scientist and a junior European scientist. This group of laureates, mentors and mentees constitute this network of African and European scientists working on African agriculture adaptation to climate change.
The first cohort, composed of 45 high-potential scientists, selected from a pool of more than 1,500 candidates, was launched in September 2019. The call for applications for the next cohort of the One Planet Fellowship is now open. The One Planet Fellowship aims to create a dynamic, highly interconnected and intergenerational network of African and European science leaders able to use a gender perspective to help African smallholder farmers adapt to climate change.
This second call for proposals includes two North African countries, Algeria and Morocco, in addition to six English-speaking countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia) and six French-speaking countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal, Togo).
Inspired by the AWARD scholarship model, this five-year, US$19.2 million (€17,3 million) initiative aims to reward up to 630 competitively selected agronomists.
Selected candidates will participate in an intensive three-year non-residential career acceleration process aimed at fostering the development of leadership skills, strengthening scientific research skills, including gender integration in their research, and fostering research partnerships and networks. Candidates who complete the three-year process will become One Planet Award winners.
The BNP Paribas Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the European Commission’s DeSIRA program jointly fund OPFP. It is implemented jointly by the AWARD programme and Agropolis Fondation.
The application for a scholarship is made through an online registration form.
The call for applications closes on 31 March 2020 at 23:59 Nairobi time (GMT+3). No applications will be accepted after this date.