U.S. Department of State funded Professional Fellows Program – Advancing Young Women Agribusiness Entrepreneurs and Innovators.

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East African entrepreneurs, MSU, and external partners connect via the U.S. Department of State funded Professional Fellows Program – Advancing Young Women Agribusiness Entrepreneurs and Innovators.

The Professional Fellows Program – Advancing Women Agribusiness Entrepreneurs and Innovators hosted at Michigan State University (MSU) connects Ugandan, Tanzanian, and Kenyan agribusiness professionals and entrepreneurs with their counterparts in Michigan for knowledge exchange and capacity building. The program strengthens visiting fellows’ skills in agro-entrepreneurship and agri-food system innovation, and addresses issues of women’s economic empowerment. (U.S Department of state scholarships)



MSU is recruiting young Tanzanian, Kenyan, and Ugandan professionals from diverse backgrounds in private, public, non-governmental, and education sectors who are either women agribusiness entrepreneurs or individuals working to increase women’s economic engagement in the agricultural sector.

  • Women entrepreneurs, social innovators, or small and medium business owners or managers and other leaders working in the agriculture and food sectors
  • Individuals (of any gender) in civil society and NGOs working on programs that support women in the agriculture and food sectors in their respective countries
  • Policymakers, ministry employees, and others in the public sector (of any gender) focused on supporting and improving opportunities for women in the agriculture or food sector
  • Academic staff (of any gender) who are implementing programs to impact advancing women in the agriculture and food sectors


  • 25-40 years old
  • A citizen, national, or permanent resident of Tanzania, Kenya, or Uganda
  • Is living and working in Tanzania, Kenya, or Uganda at the time of the application

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  • Speaks fluent English
  • Has at least 2 years of professional/working experience in their field
  • Has demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills and a commitment to community
  • Has employer’s support for participating in the program (for those not self-employed). For those self-employed, has recommendation from local authorities at the district, county, and/or community levels
  • Is interested in participating in a reciprocal program for American participants coming to your country
  • Preference will be given to those who are in an earlier state of their careers
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously had the opportunity to travel to the US





For more information about the program, please contact:


Dr. John Jeckoniah
Coordinator, Center for Gender Studies
Sokoine University of Agriculture
[email protected]


Prof. Agnes Mwang’ombe
Professor of Plant Pathology
University of Nairobi
[email protected]


Dr. Kebirungi Harriet
Head, Gender Mainstreaming Department
Kyambogo University
[email protected]

United States

Dr. Amy Jamison
Alliance for African Partnership
[email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the MSU Professional Fellows Program



24 May 2019: Application deadline

Program Dates

Spring 2019: April 27, 2019 – June 1, 2019
Fall 2019: October 18, 2019 – November 23, 2019

Contact Information

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  1. Age limit is discouraging.Please,omit it so that older women like me who stacked in agribusiness can apply too.

  2. Please omit age limit . Older women are also in agribusiness and can also mentor the younger women

  3. I would apply but for that age limit does not allow I am older so kindly extend the age we are many older enterprenuer women and qualified to apply.

  4. Age limit is limiting. Older women should be allowed to apply and mentor young ones

  5. We needed this sponsorship for our group Winners Women group at Yombo Vituka Parish Temeke Dar es salaam. I am group leader.

  6. We are The Dreamers Development women group from Tabata Tanzania. We would like to sponsored. I am the group leader.
    Any form to be filled pls?

    Our instagram page is @thedreamers4368

  7. We needed this sponsorship for Women’s group at Majengomapya shinyanga Tanzania.I am the group leader

  8. I wolud apply please consider age as young people need very close support

  9. I am tina am interprenuer since 2012 I was suffer to gain success for many year and am from Tanzania.

  10. Woo-hoo this is always what I have been waiting and now God has blessed me and brought that opportunity for me let it be my tym thanks.

  11. I would like to be funded so that i can proceed educating women social groups as i did from july 2016 – present
    Best Regards,,
    Nickson Adamson

  12. Joyce Lovila Mbise
    Kindly omit age limit, old woman will easly train younger women, I would like to join this golden chance, am 46 aged, am dealing with Agriculture activities, farmers training and offer quality Seeds

  13. I work with young females, youths and physical challenged children . I would love to apply but currently am in school. How about if next year?

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