Growsel has a simple vision of changing lives, creating opportunities by empowering and supporting smallholder farmers across rural Africa to support themselves, their families and communities.
The Growsel Fellowship Program is aimed at creating a crucial link between smallholder farmers and Growsel Trustees working hands-on to grow Growsel. Allowing Fellows to be Growsel eyes and ears right on the farms, managing small farms and making big impact by helping to build Growsel platform.
A Growsel Fellowship allows you to immerse yourself in the culture and language of your host community for up to 6 months, while applying your skills in new ways with one or more of our Trustees.
An opportunity to travel across Africa to empower local farmers to support their families
Opportunity to work with Growsel Trustees and field staffers to support local farmers
Make A Difference
A life time opportunity to make a difference in the lives and communities of our smallholder farmers
You can apply for available Growsel Fellowship position by reading the posted job descriptions and applying to the role you feel you are qualified for.
Growsel values international culture and encourage international applicants to apply. However, Fellows are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa requirements independently, both for attendance at training week in Lagos, Nigeria and/or for their host country or regions.
We mainly work in rural developing African countries where English and French languages are spoken in addition to local languages such as Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Swahili etc.
Growsel does not have the resources to advise fellows in the pursuit of visas for potential Fellows. You will need to do research about the type of visa appropriate for your stay in the destination country. If required, Growsel can provide a letter of support.
Growsel provides several professional development workshops, and access to contacts within the Growsel network and beyond. Upon successful completion of a fellowship, managers may also provide letters of recommendation.
Growsel has a simple vision of changing lives, building opportunities by empowering and supporting smallholder farmers across rural Africa to support themselves, their families and communities.
The Growsel Fellowship Program is aimed at creating a crucial link between smallholder farmers and Growsel Trustees working hands-on to grow Growsel. Allowing Fellows to be Growsel eyes and ears right on the farms, managing small farms and making big impact by helping to build Growsel platform. A Growsel Fellowship allows you to immerse yourself in the culture and language of your host community for up to 6 months, while applying your skills in new ways with one or more of our Trustees.
Growsel takes safety and security of all Fellows seriously, and uses travel advisories provided by trusted sources in each region to make inform security-related decisions during the placement process.
Growsel Fellows must be 25 years of age by the start of training week. You must be able to legally travel to the Lagos, Nigeria for the week-long training program, and you will need a laptop to use during training week and your time in the field. You must also be fluent in English.
Growsel Fellowship is a full-time, 1-month to 6-month commitment. However, you many want to extend based on your love of the program and availability of time. You can apply to be considered for continuous placement once the job need is available.
Unfortunately, the Growsel Fellowships is an unpaid volunteer positions. However, the Growsel Fellows Program provides award and recognition for Fellows.
The total cost of the program varies, depending on country/city assignment and your personal travel/lifestyle. You will need to research the cost of living and round-trip flights and visas for the destination country/city, and flight and accommodations during training week. Kindly include possible costs for traveling to Trustees branch offices and visiting smallholder farmers. If you anticipate needing to raise funds to supplement what you have, you can consider creating a personal fundraising page on once accepted into the program.
Growsel Fellows are matched with Trustees across our operating regions. These include; individuals, cooperatives, micro-finance institutions, non-governmental organizations, faith based organization or social enterprises that facilitate Growsel farm-loans, making it possible for Growsel to spread across Africa.
Yes! Growsel Fellows play a critical role in supporting operations and monitoring our Trustees including meeting with smallholder farmers, documenting Growsel processes, conducting agro trainings, and working with field staff to improve efficiency of cultivation and others.
Most languages spoken across rural Africa regions include Pidgin, French, English, Yoruba, Hausa, Swahili, Igbo and others. Fellows have a chance to indicate their preference to serve in a certain region based on language proficiency. Fellows Program staffers may feel that a Fellow is better fit for a different role in a different region, so country/region flexibility is highly valued throughout the application process.
We recommend reading through the job descriptions carefully and applying to a position that you feel you're a good fit and available for. Some locations require candidates to have high proficiency or fluency in a second language, and the specific work plan for a Trustee may also require certain skills.