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Borlaug Fellowship Program

This fall, Cornell University hosts two USDA Borlaug Fellows, Dr. Yemisrach Abebaw, a researcher with the Ethiopian Agricultural Biotechnology Institute and Mr. Alfayo Kayo, Senior Plant Health Inspector with the Kenyan Plant Inspection Service

Dr. Abebaw will work on Agricultural Biotechnology:  Communications, Advocacy, and Regulatory Dimensions.  Dr. Sarah Evanega Davidson with IP-CALS is her faculty mentor

Mr Kayo’s research is to increase adoption of genetically engineered crops and food in Kenya.  Dr. Geoffrey Jaffe with IP-CALS is his faculty mentor.

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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