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Borlaug Fellowship Program

Dr. Sanna Abdessemed, is the current USDA Borlaug Fellow from Algeria and a research scientist with the Biotechnology Center.  The Borlaug Fellowship at Cornell will train her in the phenotypic evaluation and the association mapping and molecular marker-assisted selection for resistance to disease.  Dr. Awais Khan with Cornell's Department of Plant Pathology in Geneva is her faculty advisor.  Sept-December, 2018

USDA Borlaug Fellowship 2019 Program now accepting applications for the  countries/regions listed below.  Faculty interested in mentoring a Fellow contact Francine Jasper at  Deadline to apply with Cornell's Office of Sponsored Programs due December 21.  Individuals from the countries should follow the links to countries provided for the application and US Embassy contact for  more information.

Africa and Middle East, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, East Asia and the Pacific, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Europe and Eurasia, Georgia, Turkey, Ukraine, South and Central Asia, Bangladesh, India, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Western Hemisphere, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru


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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