Africa Talk

Exciting fellowship opportunity with FSNet-Africa

I’m pleased to announce that the call for applications to the Food Systems Research Network for Africa (FSNet-Africa) Fellowship Programme has opened this week with a submission deadline of 1 March 2021. The programme is led by the University of Pretoria with FANRPAN and the University of Leeds as lead partners.

The two-year research fellowships (July 2021 to June 2023) for early career researchers will support impact focused interdisciplinary research and establish long term research networks related to African food systems by connecting fellows with mentors – one at Leeds and one from a selection of African institutions. Fellowship and mentor applicants must be based at one of the FSNet participating institutions. We would like to ask for your help in sharing this opportunity with any connections or networks you might have at these institutions, and encouraging them to apply to become fellows or mentors. The eligible institutions are as follows:

  • University of Ghana
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
  • University of Zambia
  • University of Dar es Salaam
  • Sokoine University of Agriculture
  • Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)
  • Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST)
  • University of Nairobi
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of the Western Cape

Further information about FSNet, and fellow and mentor eligibility criteria is provided here.
Fellows can find the link to the online application here

We are also seeking expressions of interest from Leeds colleagues interested in acting as mentors on this programme this will be a different process to that outlined for mentors based in the institutions listed above. Being a Leeds mentor will create opportunities to develop new, and build existing, networks with researchers in FSNet-Africa partner institutions and with food system stakeholders. It will also provide an opportunity to guide an Early Career Academic Fellow in their research project, alongside an African based mentor, and co-author academic and associated outputs. FSNet-Africa will also provide funding to attend collaborative events in Pretoria (covid-allowing). If any Leeds based colleagues are interested in becoming mentors please let me or Helen know.

In the meantime, please contact myself or Helen Coskeran with any questions.

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