FSNet-Africa Fellowship 2021 for Early-career Researchers (up to £20,000)

FSNet-Africa Fellowship 2021 for Early-career Researchers (up to £20,000)

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Applications are open for the FSNet-Africa Fellowship 2021. Researchers working on African food systems research are invited to submit applications as fellows or mentors.

These 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. Mentors will support early career researchers to conduct the research. There are three formal components to the fellowships: science, leadership development and mentorship.

FSNet-Africa is a collaborative initiative between UP, the University of Leeds (UK), and the Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN). It is a research excellence project funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund through the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) – United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) partnership.


  • Early career researchers will each be awarded up to £20,000 to conduct research on any aspect of the food system. The structured learning activities will help strengthen the researcher’s networks as they develop leadership and science communication skills.
  • As mentors and fellows, you will have an opportunity to engage with academics from six African Universities and the UK. You will also have an opportunity to work with stakeholders from different areas of the food system.


  • The call for fellows and mentors is open to researchers from their ten academic partner institutions. These are:
    • University of Ghana – Ghana
    • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – Ghana
    • University of Nairobi – Kenya
    • Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources – Malawi
    • Malawi University of Science and Technology – Malawi
    • University of Pretoria- South Africa
    • University of Western Cape – South Africa
    • University of Dar es Salaam – Tanzania
    • Sokoine University of Agriculture – Tanzania
  • Early career researchers who obtained their PhD in or after 2011 may apply as fellows. Senior researchers who obtained their PhD before 2011 can apply as mentors.
  • They strongly encourage applications from female researchers. Female applicants can request support in preparing their applications.


The call documents can also be accessed using the links below:

For more information, visit FSNet-Africa Fellowship.