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As an AWLA Fellow you will

  • Boost your skills and knowledge through various channels of structured and applied learning: spot-on leadership and research and development training, coaching and mentoring to guide your career development and learning.
  • Work on team-based capstone projects to initiate collaborative solutions for driving positive change in agriculture.
  • Access information and tools needed to acquire funding for applied research projects.
  • Experience different cultures through learning to work with others across boundaries of place and culture.
  • Expand your knowledge on relevant research and development topics in different parts of the MENA region.
  • Raise awareness about organizational gender dynamics, shift attitudes around gender perceptions and take part in the transformation of a gender responsive culture and inclusive and enabling environment.
  • Join in the establishment of the first regional R&D forum to address the region’s pressing challenges in R&D, and the first network platform of Arab Women Researchers within and across disciplines.

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Advanced Fellowship

Opening doors to great opportunities and possibilities

To create a sustainable difference Awla aims to enrich its fellows’ participative experience throughout and beyond the duration of the program. In coordination with AWLA’s strategic partners, fellows have the opportunity to benefit from a range of related resources, assets, and networks through:

  • Participation in regional & international conferences
  • Membership in relevant scientific associations
  • A forum to discuss regional R&D challenges
  • Research placement with international R&D institutions
  • A regional network of Arab women researchers within and across disciplines

About AWLA

We are aware that the MENA region has a great wealth of talented women researchers. It is this potential whether realized or not, which mobilize our efforts to drive the best out of our Arab women researchers towards creating innovative solutions for the sustainability and prosperity of the agriculture future in the region and beyond.

Towards this end, the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture, ICBA has launched the first edition of its Arab Women Leaders in Agriculture, AWLA fellowship. A capacity building program, which aims to develop women researchers who can make a positive impact in their workplaces, communities and countries.

In collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and CGIAR Research Program on Wheat, AWLA by ICBA represents the first research and leadership development fellowship specific to agricultural research. The program is designed to gather women researchers from different countries to drive together positive change towards agriculture prosperity, while addressing the challenges they face in their careers’ progress.


Towards “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Resolution 70/1 of the United Nations General Assembly. AWLA, aspires to contribute to the achievement of the following UN Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 5: Gender Equality, SDG 13: Climate Action, SDG 15 Life on Land, SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals, through the following three goals:

  • Facilitate fellows’ access to leadership roles and promote research excellence and impact;
  • Encourage gender responsive working cultures and enabling environments.
  • Provide Arab women researchers with platforms to showcase their intellect, capability and contribution.

AWLA long-term goal goes beyond capacity development, and includes improved food security and nutrition, a better research and development landscape, and economic and social benefits of a narrowed gender gap in the region.

AWLA Theme

AWLA’s theme is about “The role of women in agriculture prosperity”. Opening doors for Arab women researchers to strengthen their intellectual collaboration by exchanging ideas, good practices and stories on the difference women can make in agriculture.

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Eligibility Criteria

What we are looking for in candidates:

  • Arab women researchers from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia,
  • Available to travel and in possession of a passport valid at least 6 months beyond December 2020,
  • Passionate about innovation and R&D in agriculture, food security and nutrition, 
  • Commitment to making positive change in their local communities and beyond, preferably with a good track record in research and development work,
  • Respect for diversity,
  • Personal motivation, initiative, and ability to work in teams,
  • Strong academic record, holders of master’s and/or Ph.D. degrees,
  • In their mid-career; preferably more than 10 years of professional experience,
  • English language proficiency; to understand and participate in all aspects of the fellowship.

Evaluation and Selection

Applications will be reviewed by AWLA’s Steering Committee based on a demonstrable interest in national, international and global agricultural challenges. Candidates must submit a concept note of a research project on any topic related to their field of expertise.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a short interview.

Please fill in the fields below in English only. The fields marked with “*” are mandatory. Please note that you can save your application at any stage and return to complete it later by pressing the “Save Draft” button. Once you complete your application, you can review it by pressing “Preview” button, or submitting directly by pressing the “Submit Application” button.

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Application deadline: 15 April 2021

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