International Studies & Programs

Advancing Young Women Professional Fellows Program

United States Department of State Professional Fellows Program—Advancing Young Women Agribusiness Entrepreneurs and Innovators: A Tanzania-Kenya-Uganda-U.S. Partnership

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The goal of the Fellows Program is to build fellows’ capacity and skills in agro-entrepreneurship and agri-food system innovation and for them to learn about issues of women’s economic empowerment. Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan fellows will develop their leadership capacity and professional skills through a fully funded four-week fellowship program in the United States.

The four-week U.S. program will include a professional internship with Michigan organizations focused on agriculture, innovation, agro-entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment and additional seminars and trainings with professionals from Michigan State University and throughout the state of Michigan.


The Advancing Young Women Professional Fellows Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Professional Fellows Division and administered by Michigan State University (U.S.), Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), University of Nairobi (Kenya), and Kyambogo University (Uganda).

We are recruiting young Tanzanian, Kenyan, and Ugandan professionals from diverse backgrounds in private, public, non-governmental, and education sectors who are either women agribusiness entrepreneurs or individuals working to increase women’s economic engagement in the agricultural sector. View the detailed program information.

Deadlines

December 8, 2017: Initial application deadline
January 2018: Interviews for selected finalists

Program Dates

Spring program: April 27, 2018 - June 1, 2018
Fall program: October 12, 2018 - November 17, 2018


Who Should Apply

  • Women entrepreneurs, social innovators, or small and medium business owners or managers and other leaders working in the agriculture and food sectors
  • Individuals (of any gender) in civil society and NGOs working on programs that support women in the agriculture and food sectors in their respective countries
  • Policymakers, ministry employees, and others in the public sector (of any gender) focused on supporting and improving opportunities for women in the agriculture or food sector
  • Academic staff (of any gender) who are implementing programs to impact advancing women in the agriculture and food sectors

Eligibility Requirements

  • 25-40 years old
  • A citizen, national, or permanent resident of Tanzania, Kenya, or Uganda
  • Is living and working in Tanzania, Kenya, or Uganda at the time of the application
  • Speaks fluent English
  • Has at least 2 years of professional/working experience in their field
  • Has demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills and a commitment to community
  • Has employer’s support for participating in the program (for those not self-employed). For those self-employed, has recommendation from local authorities at the district, county, and/or community levels
  • Is interested in participating in a reciprocal program for American participants coming to your country
  • Preference will be given to those who are in an earlier state of their careers 
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously had the opportunity to travel to the US

Individuals not eligible for application

  • U.S. citizens and/or permanent residents of the United States
  • Spouses of U.S. citizens and/or permanent residents of the United States
  • Individuals participating in academic, training or research programs in the United States at the time of application
  • Individuals residing or working outside their home countries at the time of application 
  • Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the U.S. Government (e.g., U.S. Department of State, Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies or other U.S. Government agencies) who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application
  • Individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years
  • Employees and their families of non-profit organizations who administer the Professional Fellows 
  • Program on behalf of the U. S. Department of State. This provision does not disqualify self- 
  • supporting members of families who live apart from their parents
  • Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development are ineligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment
  • Immediate families (i.e., spouses and dependent children) of U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development employees for a period of one year following the termination of such employment. This provision does not disqualify self-supporting members of families who live apart from their parents

 

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Contact Information

For more information about the program, please contact:

Tanzania

Dr. John Jeckoniah
Coordinator, Center for Gender Studies
Sokoine University of Agriculture
jjeckoniah(at)suanet.ac.tz

Kenya

Prof. Agnes Mwang’ombe
Professor of Plant Pathology
University of Nairobi
mwangombe(at)uonbi.ac.ke

Uganda

Dr. Kebirungi Harriet
Head, Gender Mainstreaming Department
Kyambogo University
kebirungiv(at)yahoo.co.uk

United States

Mr. Sean Lawrie
Global Relations Specialist
Center for Global Connections in Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources
lawriese(at)anr.msu.edu

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This is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by Michigan State University.