The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program- Deadline: April 30, 2012

Request for Applications (Download the RFA as a PDF)

This RFA solicits applications to support U.S. students conducting research on topics related to the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative – Feed the Future (FTF). All topics that relate to food security (e.g., agriculture, nutrition, ecological resources, poverty) and are linked to the research strategies of the Feed the Future initiative are admissible.

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security grants are intended to support students interested in developing a component of their graduate research in a developing country setting by supporting the student’s work in-residence at an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC), or a qualifying National Agricultural Research System (NARS) unit. Note, all research centers of the CGIAR consortium are eligible partners; if you are interested in working within an IARC or NARC outside of the CGIAR system, please contact us at before developing your application.

The students are expected to have two mentors: an academic thesis advisor at their home institution and a mentor from the IARC or NARS that is serving as host for the student’s international fieldwork. The applicant must demonstrate that there is strong support for the proposed project by both his/her graduate advisor and the IARC/NARS mentor. We encourage students to seek guidance from both their academic mentors and field mentor(s) as they develop their project.

Students are encouraged to think creatively about the needs of their particular project and plan a budget that best suits their educational needs and circumstances.  Grant funds can be used to support a variety of research needs that includes student travel to the research site, living expenses while abroad, and travel for the academic mentor and/or field mentor to the IARC/NARS or the student’s U.S. university, respectively.  Funds cannot be used to pay tuition or salaries.

The grants have a maximum value of USD 15,000 for students applying for 6-month long international research stays; USD 20,000 for 1-year long international research stays; and USD 40,000 for 2-year long international research stays. Students are expected to stay in-residence for the majority of the time (85%) with some time available for short-term absences. Grant funds are not intended to cover all costs of the proposed research, and applicants are expected to leverage outside funding in support of their work plans.

Due Date: The deadline for submission is April 16, 2012 (UPDATE: Deadline has now been extended to April 30, 2012). We anticipate awarding up to 30 grants through this RFA.

Application: To submit an application, follow the instructions here.

Applicants who need assistance in making contact with international mentors should contact a representative at the various International Agricultural Research Centers (IARCs). Please note that we do not match students with mentors, but the Purdue Center for Global Food Security staff is able to provide recommendations and to provide contact information for potential centers and mentors.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, and must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. graduate program.

Review of Applications: A selection committee will review promising applications and the top-ranked applicants will be interviewed in person or by phone before a final selection is made. We anticipate notifying finalists of their award before August 1, 2012.

Awards are made on a competitive basis to students who show strong scientific foundation and possess leadership potential, propose a well-coordinated research plan that clearly articulates concepts and objectives that are innovative and feasible, and project a commitment to international development. Emphasis will be placed on proposed projects that are interdisciplinary, but students approaching an issue through a single discipline will also be considered. Review the evaluation criteria here.

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