U.S. students enrolled in an accredited U.S. graduate program institution can apply for international research grants from the Purdue University U.S. Borlaug Fellows Program in Global Food Security. The funds for these grants, ranging from $15,000 to $40,000, are provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), as part of its global Feed the Future initiative. The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Graduate Research Program is designed to increase the number of future leaders who have the scientific background necessary to promote sustainable food systems around the world.
Grants are available for U.S. graduate students conducting research on topics related to USAID’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future. All topics related to food security and linked to research strategies of Feed the Future are eligible. Grants will be awarded for:
- $15,000 maximum for six-month international research stays
- $20,000 maximum for one-year international projects
- $40,000 maximum for two-year research projects
Applications must be submitted by April 11. A selection committee will review applications, and the top-ranked applicants may be interviewed before a final selection is made. Applicants will be notified of their status by June 1.
“Awards are made on a competitive basis to students who show past education with a strong scientific foundation and possess leadership potential,” said Gebisa Ejeta, distinguished professor of agronomy and director of Purdue’s Center for Global Food Security. “The students also must submit a well thought-out research proposal with defined problems clearly articulating concepts and objectives that would lead to innovative and feasible interventions, and demonstrating their own commitment to international development.”