Call for Proposals Open for STAARS and STAAARS+ Fellowships


by Adam Kennedy | February 3, 2022

The STAARS and STAAARS+ Fellowship Programs are now accepting proposals. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2022 at 11:59pm New York time.

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

The STAARS fellowship program is a multi-institution collaboration managed by Cornell University in collaboration with the University of Sussex and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) that pairs selected early-career African researchers with faculty or senior research staff mentors to 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 STAARS program invites individual young scholars (PhD no earlier than 2017) from African research institutions to apply. The full RFP, application instructions, and more information about STAARS can be found here. 

Structural Transformation of African and Asian Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAAARS+) Fellows program

The STAAARS+ Fellows program, a part of the USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research, Capacity, and Influence (PRCI), is a collaboration between Cornell University, Michigan State University (MSU), and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to advance rigorous, policy-oriented food security research on topics of inclusive agricultural- and rural transformation, development of healthy food systems, and enhanced resilience at individual, household, national and regional levels in Africa and Asia. The objective is to build and reinforce an effective policy research culture within African and Asian policy research organizations that can help build and sustain research capacity beyond the life of PRCI and the STAAARS+ program. The STAAARS+ program invites teams of two to three members from African, South Asian, and Southeast Asian research institutions to apply. The full RFP, application instructions, and more information about STAAARS+ can be found here.

A combined information session for both fellowships will be held on February 18th from 8:00 – 9:00am New York time. Register for the session here.