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Frosty Hill Fellowship

Please Note: We've moved our dealine up from previous years to allow for applicants who plan on traveling during the January break.

Cornell University dedicated the "Frosty" Hill Fellowship to the memory of Dr. Forrest F. Hill, co-founder of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), in honor of his significant contributions to the application of agricultural sciences in addressing critical world food problems.

The program provides modest funding, up to $2,500 to support CALS faculty and/or graduate students who are interested in collaborating with the IARCs. For a list of Centers and their research programs please see

IP-CALS can assist faculty and graduate students in making contacts at the CG centers. "Frosty" Hill grants should contribute as much as possible to increasing the capacities of CALS faculty and graduate students to incorporate international experience and knowledge into their teaching, research and/or outreach activities.

All members of the CALS faculty and graduate students are eligible to apply. Travel support allocations will be awarded particularly for spending time at a CGIAR center that has special value for the applicant and for College programs.


Applications should be in the form of a letter, not over two pages in length and provide information on the dates, nature and location of the proposed travel for study, and the value of such study and travel for the College as well as the applicant. The letter should make a compelling case for how the applicant's research fits the mission of the Frosty Hill program. Please include a budget reflecting the amount of support being requested and how the funds will be used as well as any co-funding applied for or secured.

For graduate students applying for the award, an informational copy of their letter should be sent to their academic advisor. A letter of recommendation from their advisor is required. In the case of faculty applying for the Frosty Hill Award, an informational copy of their letter should be sent to the chair of their department. An endorsement from the chair supporting the request, indicating how this travel will strengthen the department's program, is required. Faculty will need to include a statement about how their responsibilities will be covered during your absence.

Letters of application should be submitted by Ocotober 15th, 2019 to International Programs, B75 Mann Library – marked Attn: Sr. Associate Director. Electronic copies may be sent to Danielle Poole (dp84), with the subject 'Frosty Hill Fellowship application.' Please address any questions to Devon Jenkins (dlj67). The Sr. Associate Director will be coordinating the review process. Awards will be announced by November 25th, 2019.

The number and amount of awards that can be made will depend on number of applications and amount of funding being requested.

About "Frosty" Hill

"Frosty" Hill was one of the founders and leaders of the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research). In the 1960s, while vice president for overseas operations of the Ford Foundation, he collaborated with George Harrar of the Rockefeller Foundation to establish IRRI (International Rice Research Institute), CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center), IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture), and CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture). In 1971 he was instrumental in gaining international support for the creation of the CGIAR Secretariat. His contribution to the system continued through his membership on various CGIAR center boards.

Reflecting on his career in 1983, Dr. Hill (known as "Frosty" by his colleagues) told an interviewer, "I obtained more satisfaction from the work with the international research groups than anything else I have done in my lifetime. There is now in existence an international network of agricultural research institutes that work on all the principal food crops. If population continues to increase at its present rate, it is difficult to see how we will avoid being out of food in the years ahead, but some time has been gained in which to try to solve the problem. "

In addition to his work with the Ford Foundation and the CGIAR, "Frosty" Hill had a distinguished academic career. At Cornell University, he was professor and chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics, and later, University Provost. He served as president of the American Agricultural Economics Association and was a Fellow of the Association. His dedication to agricultural development, and his conviction that education is essential to this process, was rooted in his early work on limited-resource farming in New York State.