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As part of the Fellowship, EARTH and select host partners will provide one-year placement opportunities in employment and entrepreneurship in select African countries, across four tracks:

  1. 1.
    The AGRICULTURAL EMPLOYMENT TRACK provides opportunities for graduates to contribute to the future of agriculture and food systems, through placements with partner institutions in the private, public or social sectors.
  2. 2.
    The AGRICULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRACK provides support to graduates in launching their own market-based endeavors focused on innovative solutions to challenges in agriculture and rural development.
  3. 3.
    The AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION TRACK provides opportunities, including teaching, with secondary education and technical, vocational, education and training (TVET) institutions in Africa to support the expansion of innovation and best practices in agricultural education.
  4. 4.
    The AGRICULTURAL INNOVATION THROUGH SCIENCE AND RESEARCH TRACK will place graduates in agricultural research in national and international research organizations, universities, and other institutions.

During one-year placement opportunities beginning between January and March each year, Fellows will receive a modest monthly stipend in addition to mentoring to support their career development and impact potential.

EARTH will also organize periodic convenings among Fellows in Africa as spaces for peer-to-peer learning and continuing education. For the first 2 years, only recent EARTH graduates will be eligible to apply; following this initial period, the program will be open to all recent alumni of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program network. The Fellowship program will facilitate and accelerate transitions for at least 140 Scholars over the next 8 years to realize their potential and exercise their abilities as catalytic change leaders in and for Africa.

The Fellowship Program will play an important role in establishing best practices and contribute to evidence building that informs the creation of viable pathways to transition from school to work.


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