Become a Meryl Williams Fellow 2020/2021 (Second cohort) for women in the agricultural research and development sector
GEAReD is inviting applications for the second offering of the prestigious Meryl Williams Fellowships to participate in a women’s leadership program, funded by the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR).
The leadership program supports women in agriculture research and development to enhance their leadership skills and increase their impact through a combination of immersive learning, mentoring, networking and career development activities. The program involves a variety of activities that take place across a 15-month period commencing late January/February 2021.
This second round of 20 Fellowships is open to women from the Philippines, Nepal, Myanmar, Mongolia, Timor Leste, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and The Solomon Islands.
What specific activities does the Fellowship program include?
The Meryl Williams Fellowship supports a 15-month program that includes the following activities:
The program commences with a two-week immersive workshop in Australia to develop
Fellows’ management and leadership skills to assist them to be more effective and have
more impact in the agriculture research and development sector. Subject to covid19
restrictions being lifted this will be held late January/February 2021.
Immediately following the immersive workshop, a four-day Mentoring Orientation
Workshop will be held. This workshop brings Fellows and mentors together to explore the
mentoring process and agree upon mentoring plans.
15-months of mentoring support from a mentor in your home country plus overarching
mentoring support from Australia.
Opportunity to undertake a career development activity, as outlined above.
A final five-day workshop to be held in April 2022 in Australia. This final workshop will
include an analysis and synthesis of what has been learned through the program plus
opportunity to gain additional skills identified to be of value to the cohort of Fellows through the period of the Fellowship.
Who is eligible to apply for a Meryl Williams Fellow 2020/2021
Applicants for the 2021 Intake Meryl Williams Fellowships must meet the following requirements:
1. Be a woman who is a citizen or permanent resident of one of the following countries: The Philippines, Nepal, Myanmar, Mongolia, Timor Leste, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati,
Tuvalu and The Solomon Islands.
2. Be employed in the agriculture research and development sector. This might be as a scientist in an agriculture research and development institute or university. Or it might be as a position that has responsibility for research administration or policy and strategy
development, within a research institution or a government department or other agency
that has responsibility for managing or overseeing agriculture research and development.
3. Have at least a Bachelor degree in a subject relevant to agriculture research and
development plus at least 2 years professional experience after your most recent
qualification. Applicants with Masters or PhD are particularly encouraged to apply.
4. Be able to demonstrate that you have management and leadership potential and that you will be able to apply the skills you develop to have impact in the agriculture research and development sector.
5. Be committed to and available to participate in all activities in the Fellowship program.
6. Provide proof that your employer supports your participation in the Fellowship program and that they will release you from employment duties to participate in all the program
How do you apply for a Meryl Williams Fellow 2020/2021 ?
Applications for the 2021 Intake of Meryl Williams Fellowships are open from 1
st May 2020.
Closing date for applications is 31st July 2020.
There are 3 forms that you need to submit in order to apply for the Meryl Williams Fellowship.
These are set out below. Each from will be available via the “Become A Fellow” page of the GEAReD website from the date the applications open: http://www.geared.global/become-a-fellow.
1. The Meryl Williams Fellowship Application Form
The on-line form can be saved at any time and you can resume the form next time you access it on-line. You should always access the form using the same computer as the form recognizes the computer that is accessing the on-line site.
Deadline: 31 July 2020.
For more Information: Visit the website for Meryl Williams Fellow 2020/2021