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Borlaug Fellowship Program

Proposals for Cornell Faculty interested in mentoring a USDA Borlaug Fellows are now being accepted until June 10th

Click on the links to read the request for proposals.  Note:  Theses proposals are competitive with other U.S. landgrant universities.

1. Jordan - Surveying antibiotic residues in poultry meat.

2. Malawi - Agriculture Strategic Communication.  Monitoring Bt cotton and analyze its effects on forests in order to demonstrate to policy-makers how GIS and Remote Sensing can provide quantitative information for enhancing science-based decision making in agriculture. 

3. Ethiopia - Biotechnology  Research to uncover the potential and challenges of GMO crops towards agricultural development and sustainability.

4. Morocco - Biotechnology  Research to develop prevention and early warning systems for the management of transboundary plant pests and diseases.

5. South Africa - Biotechnology  Research the factors affecting cryopreservation of immature and matured cattle oocytes in order to maintain the viability of oocytes post-thaw

6. Senegal - Food Safety  Discover QTL associated with Fe and Zn contents using genome wide associated study (GWAS).

7. Tanzania - Food Safety  Assessment in food and GMO DNA sold in big markets in Dar Es Salaam

Contact Francine Jasper at  with proposal, CV and budget by June 10, 2019.  $50,000 maximum for 8-12 week program.

Individuals from the countries should follow the links to countries provided for the application and US Embassy contact for  more information.  

USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is seeking to identify U.S. universities willing to host English-speaking agricultural scientists from lower and middle-income countries under the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program (Borlaug Fellowship Program). These Fellows have been competitively selected based on research priorities, academic and professional accomplishments, commitment to Borlaug Fellowship goals, and leadership qualities. The program offers training and collaborative research opportunities for over 50 scientists, researchers and policymakers from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Fellows will work one-on-one with a faculty mentor at a U.S. university, research center or government agency. It is recommended that the program begin in the Fall ; however, priority should be given to a time that is appropriate for the Fellow's proposed topic of research. The program should last for a period up to 12 weeks unless otherwise indicated. The U.S. mentor will later visit the fellow's home institution to continue collaboration.

Funding for the program includes:

  • Faculty mentor's salary recovery
  • Borlaug Fellow's international travel, living stipend, visa and health insurance, supplies/book allowance
  • Faculty mentor's travel to the Fellow's country 6-12 months after the Fellowship

IP-CALS Professional Development Program will manage the logistics for the program, i.e. assistance with proposal submission, budget, visa, travel, health insurance, communication with USDA's Borlaug Fellowship Program, orientation and settling in guidance for the Fellow, including housing and receiving his/her stipend.

The Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program promotes food security and economic growth by providing research and training opportunities for scientists and policymakers from developing and middle-income countries. USDA partners with U.S. land grant universities, international research centers, and other institutions to provide up to 12 weeks of U.S.-based training for Borlaug Fellows each year. Fellows may also attend the annual World Food Prize Symposium, held in October in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Borlaug Fellowship Program honors Norman E. Borlaug, the American agronomist, humanitarian and Nobel laureate who is known as the "Father of the Green Revolution."

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