Future Agricultures Consortium: Early Career Fellowships

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Early Career Fellowships:

The Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) aims to encourage critical debate and policy dialogue on the future of agriculture in Africa. Founded in 2005, the Consortium is a partnership between leading research-based organisations in Africa and the UK, with work focusing on Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Burkina Faso, Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

FAC is proud to announce its grant programme to support talented young researchers working on African agricultural policy: FAC’s Early Career Fellowship Programme (ECFP).

The Early Career Fellowship (ECFP) is available to early career professionals working in Africa and the UK. Both full-time and part-time appointments are available and all fellowships will include mentorship support from a senior FAC researcher affiliated with a FAC partner institution. The awards will support original field-based and policy-oriented research on African agriculture.

Fellowship Awards

Three types of award available:

Three types of awards are available:

1. One-year fulltime post-Masters or post-doc appointment (£10,000 each). Four positions are available for African nationals conducting research in Africa.

2. One-year part-time post-Masters or post-doc appointment (£5,000 each). Three positions are available for African nationals conducting research in Africa.

3. Six-month fulltime post-doc appointment (£12,500 each). Two positions available for researchers based in the UK.

Applications should be in line with one of FAC’s eight thematic areas:

  • Climate Change
  • Commercialisations
  • Growth & social protection
  • Land
  • Pastoralism
  • Policy Processes
  • Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Young People and Agriculture

    Fellowship Eligibility Criteria

    Candidates should have no more than three years active post-Masters or post-doctoral experience at the time that their FAC Fellowship starts.

    Those who submitted their Masters dissertation or doctoral thesis more than three years before the date they wish to start their fellowship will not be eligible, except where the applicant has interrupted their career for family, health or other personal reasons.

    Applications are invited from young researchers who have recently completed their degree in an appropriate development-related field, including agricultural or applied economics, anthropology, development studies, environmental science and policy (including climate change), gender studies, geography, political science, public administration, rural sociology, science and technology studies, etc.

    The focus is on junior candidates early in their careers with a strong interest in conducting research on agricultural policy issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    For more information see; Early Career Fellowships

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