DEADLINE: 18 DEac 2023

The World Wildlife Fund is currently accepting applications for the Food Systems Fellowship, which will provide outstanding master’s or doctoral students with funding to conduct evidence-based, creative, and interdisciplinary research on food systems at the national level. This research will help to improve our understanding of how food systems differ from country to country and how they are changing.

Fellows will also have the chance to join the enormous global community of EFN graduates, facilitating knowledge sharing and fostering group achievement.

Focus Regions

In order to offer practical experiences and educational opportunities in the process of transforming food systems, this fellowship intends to build a connection between academic brilliance and conservation practise and policy. The following themes, which are only a partial list of possible research topics, may be covered in great detail:
Human considerations in the restructuring of food systems: Benefits that are fair in terms of both social and economic fairness for all parties involved, the integration of gender issues, equity, and inclusion into food systems, as well as community-based transformational leadership related to food systems, are some of the other factors.

Climate change: agroecological practises as nature-positive production, climate-resilient food systems, adaptation and mitigation measures, and diversification of food systems.

Pathways in governance and policy: National food safety and security, nutrition security, and the use of food systems to achieve Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), and global biodiversity targets are all areas of public policy and governance in the food systems.
Technology and Innovation: How to use technology and innovation to alter the food system and address capacity and data issues.

Access to nutrition and inexpensive food, markets and investments, incentives, value chain development, sustainable markets, and sustainable practises are all examples of entrepreneurship-related financial strategies and procedures that can be used to improve desired socioeconomic results.

The following crucial inquiries should be thoroughly addressed in proposals:
How does the suggested work relate to the relationship between food, people, and nature?

Why is this study important right now? What issue with the food systems is being addressed by your recent or proposed research?

Which transdisciplinary, experiential learning, and applied research philosophies will be used in your planned study?

How feasible and applicable is the suggested research in your nation? Would you collaborate with stakeholders on projects that are connected to your area of study?

How can the suggested research make use of the WWF Network to continue past the anticipated time frame?

What is the significance of what you do? What connections exist between the planned work and the priorities, needs, and stakeholders of the national and regional food sector? How are the existing or proposed studies related to international goals (such the Rio Conventions) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

Financial Details
Applicants may ask for up to $30,000 in financing for a maximum of two years.

Locational Focus
Ecuador, French Guiana, Gabon, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Congo, Suriname, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Belize, Brazil, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo,

To qualify, candidates must fulfil each of the requirements listed below:

You need to be an eligible country’s citizen and legal permanent resident.
You should ideally have at least two years of experience working or conducting research in the field of conservation.
You must have a track record of dedication to conservation efforts in a qualified nation.

Anywhere in the world, you must be enrolled in, accepted into, or have applied to a master’s or PhD programme.
You have to schedule your studies to start no later than January 2025.
To find out if you qualify, get in touch with EFN if you work for the WWF, are a consultant, or have already received a grant from them.


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