Saturday, January 7, 2012

Chevening/African Fellowship Trust Scholarships


For the past five years the African Fellowship Trust (AFT) and the Royal Agricultural College (RAC) have been working together to identify and provide high level and tailor-made educational opportunities in the UK for outstanding students from sub-Sahelian Africa who could become tomorrow’s leaders and innovators in the agricultural, food and natural resources sectors.

We are pleased to announce that from the 2012/13 academic year a new Chevening/ African Fellowship Trust Scholarships scheme for Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe will be established.

The programme involves a post-graduate core component plus networking and placements with the international agricultural and food industries, the financial institutions involved in African agribusiness and development groups.

RAC in the UK provides the academic and networking part of the course running from October to June.

From this year the Standard Bank Centre for Agribusiness Leadership & Mentorship Development at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, will manage the industrial placements which will be located in southern Africa.

The Centre will put the Fellows through a short orientation course in southern African agricultural developments and then arrange 6- week placements for them in the agribusiness sector. During the placements the Centre will provide the Fellows with mentoring support.

African Land Fellowship

Since the fellowship programme was launched in 2005, over a million pounds has now been generously provided by donors in support of the programme. This funding has provided for leadership training; the development of professional networks and supporting work experience, together with study opportunities on the master’s programme in International Rural Development at the Royal Agricultural College. All of the Fellows subsequently return to Africa and many are now making significant leadership contributions through their various occupations to managing change in food supply and security, farming, agribusiness, agricultural education and government.

Fellowships are offered to Africans mainly from Southern and East Africa who have experience in agriculture, food or natural resource exploitation and management; an interest in land reform; and a desire to make a strategic and sustainable contribution to Africa's development. In short, tomorrow's innovators and leaders.

The fellowship will cover tuition fees, accommodation, living costs, flights to and from the UK and provision for networking and a short industrial placement in the UK. The Programme is specifically linked to the MSc International Rural Development and the MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security courses.

We are delighted to work with up to ten African Fellows each year from a number of countries including: Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, Malawi, Burkina Faso, Mozambique and Cameroon to date.

Applying for a Fellowship

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have agreed to support the African Fellowship programme for the 2012-13 academic year with five fellowships under their Chevening Scholarship programme. If you are from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique or Kenya and aspire to strategic leadership in agriculture or rural development in your country, then you are eligible to apply.

Further general information on Chevening scholarships can be found here or through the British Embassy in the above countries. The deadline for Chevening applications is Friday 13th January 2012. If you are not successful in gaining a Chevening award, your application will still be considered for the normal African Fellowship programme.

Normal applications for African Fellowships are now open until the 31st March 2012. If you'd like to apply (including Chevening Scholarship applications), please see guidance on completing African Fellowship and Chevening Scholarship applications.

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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