Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) fellowship program: Apply Now

Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) fellowship program
Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) fellowship program

Application Deadline: January 31st 2021

The Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) fellowship program, a multi-institution collaboration managed by Cornell University with
support from the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), announces its annual call for research proposals.

Early-career African researchers selected as STAARS Fellows in 2021 advance rigorous, policy-oriented research on the causal determinants of productivity and income growth,
asset accumulation, rural employment and risk management in African agriculture and rural spaces.

The Fellowship covers travel and training expenses. STAARS Fellows will be paired with mentors at Cornell University with whom they will jointly author a paper on a topic of mutual interest relating to structural transformation in Africa south of the Sahara.

The program aims for publication of resulting research findings in high quality journals and as working papers. In addition, PIM and Cornell will facilitate Fellows’ participation in scientific and policy conferences. Scope of Research and Geographic Focus Prospective STAARS fellows are invited to develop proposals in the following thematic areas.

  1. Dynamics of agriculture input use, technological change, and productivity growth in Africa south of the Sahara. Rural factor market performance, labor exits and productivity in Africa south of the Sahara.
  2. Food security, nutrition and health linkages in Africa south of the Sahara.
  3. Poverty dynamics and resilience against shocks in Africa south of the Sahara.

STAARS Fellows’ rigorous policy analysis should use existing data, such as the Living Standards Measurement Study — Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS—ISA), Demographic and Health Surveys or similar high-quality datasets from Africa south of the Sahara.

Eligibility

Funding

The selected applicants will receive funds to cover travel and participation in a three-week mentorship program at Cornell University. Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, travel may not be possible in 2021. The 2021 program will begin online and we will evaluate the feasibility of travel in mid-2021. The proposed research and capacity development activities are expected to be undertaken as part of an ongoing effort by the scholar. No salary support is available; STAARS will not cover the scholar(s time allocated to this research. A letter of support from the candidate (supervisor is required. The program cannot support costs for any new data collection.

Application Process

Research Proposal Template

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