Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management is accepting proposals for the 2019 STAARS Fellowship Program.

The Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) Fellows program is a collaboration between Cornell University and the African Development Bank (AfDB) to advance in-depth, rigorous, policy-oriented research on productivity and income growth, asset accumulation, rural employment and risk management in African agriculture and rural spaces. Through program, the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM), supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), provides technical mentorship and support for selected early career African researchers.

STAARS fellows will be selected through this competitive call for proposals. Once selected, 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 sub-Saharan Africa. PIM will support the 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.

The STAARS Fellowship began in 2016 and to date has supported 18 fellows from diverse backgrounds. Learn about past fellows here.