African Women in Science Fellowship Program 2009

USDA Borlaug Women in Science Fellowship Program

The United States Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce The Norman E. Borlaug International Science and Technology Fellows Program (Borlaug Fellows Program) - Women in Science 2009 for female citizens of Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Niger, Uganda and Zambia.

The Borlaug Fellows Program offers training and collaborative research opportunities in international agricultural science, leadership and policy. Training venues usually include U.S. universities, government agencies, and international agricultural research centers.

Each Fellow works one-on-one with a mentor who coordinates the Fellow’s training and visits the Fellow’s home institution after completion of the training.

The 2009 Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program for Women in Science is funded by the United States Agency for International Development and administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service in cooperation with the Forum for Agricultural Research in
Africa (FARA).

The application deadline for 2009 Borlaug Fellows Program - Women in Science for Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Niger, Uganda and Zambia is April 10, 2009.

Objectives:
• Provide female agricultural research scientists, faculty and policymakers with an opportunity to work one-on-one with U.S. experts in the fields of agriculture, forestry and natural resources at a U.S. institution or CGIAR center;
• Provide scientists, faculty and policymakers with practical experience and exposure to new technologies that can enhance their own research endeavors;
• Foster increased collaboration and networking between African and U.S. agricultural scientists and policymakers to improve agricultural productivity and food security;
• Facilitate the transfer of new science and agricultural technologies to strengthen agricultural practices;
• Address obstacles to the adoption of technology such as ineffectual policies and regulations; and
• Provide leadership skills training.

Eligibility Requirements:
• Female citizens from Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Niger, Uganda and Zambia in the early to mid-level stages of their professional careers;
• Good working knowledge of the English language;
• Minimum Masters Degree with 3 years practical experience or working toward Masters Degree with 5 years experience;

• Currently employed at an institution in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Niger, Uganda and Zambia with intent to continue working in their country for a minimum of two years following their return fromthe United States.

Targeted Research Areas:
• Natural/organic production/regulations and marketing systems;
• Agri-business or Agricultural entrepreneurs

Program Structure:
Fellows will spend 6-8 weeks at the U.S. host university during the 2009 academic year;
Fellows’ laboratory and field research will be conducted under the supervision of a university faculty or research mentor;

Contingent upon availability of funding, Borlaug Fellows will participate in a leadership
training program after completion of the U.S. training;

Application Requirements:
Eligible candidates are invited to submit the complete application with the following
attachments no later than April 10, 2009:
• Application form
• One page program proposal
• Approval of the home institution
• Two letters of recommendation
• Copy of passport identification page
• One passport sized photos

For application materials, questions and to submit application,

Please contact:
Dr. Gloria Essilfie
Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
PMB CT 173 Cantonments
2 Gowa Close, Roman Ridge
Accra, Ghana
Tel: +233 21 772823 / 779421
Fax: +233 21 773676
Email: gtetteh-at-fara-africa.org
Website: www.fara-africa.org
For additional information, please contact: Borlaug Fellows Program - Women in Science
Karen Uetrecht (202) 690.3359
Email: Karen.Uetrecht@fas.usda.gov
Natasha A. Acheampong (202) 720.0431
Email: Natasha.Acheampong@fas.usda.gov
http://www.fas.usda.gov/icd/borlaug/borlaug.htm