Created through a $1 million bequest from his estate, Dr. Caldwell believed strongly in Feeding Tomorrow’s mission and that students in the science of food should be encouraged and fostered to pursue their own research.
The fellowship is for students currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program in the science of food and will provide a generous stipend to students pursuing research focused on addressing the current and future needs and demands of the global food system.
Updates on the availability of a 2024 application will be posted in October 2023.
Feeding Tomorrow’s selection process is based on an online application system. Applicants who wish to be considered for the Elwood Caldwell Fellowship must submit their application via our online application portal.
A Selection Committee comprised of members from academic backgrounds uses a rubric and selects fellowship awardees based on the highest ratings.
The Selection Committee will consider the following criteria:
All fellowship candidates must disclose to Feeding Tomorrow in writing any and all actual or potential conflicts of interest, including but not limited to those listed below, which may compromise the integrity of the program.
Feeding Tomorrow may, in its sole discretion, refuse to accept or cancel a fellowship award if an actual or perceived conflict of interest exists. Potential conflicts of interest include:
The application is closed.
We are pleased to announce Yutong Li as the 2022 recipient of the Elwood Caldwell Graduate Fellowship. Yutong Li is a doctoral candidate in food science at the Ohio State University, with an emphasis in food microbiology. She earned a BS in food science and technology from the Ohio State University.
"I am very passionate about food microbiology and how it is closely related to our life and health. Receiving such an exceptional award of the IFT Dr. Elwood F. Caldwell Graduate Fellowship through IFT’s Feeding Tomorrow is a great encouragement for me to further pursue my goal of revealing the complex interaction among food, gut microbiota, and human health for the next generation of food R&D. I hope one day we will be able to make targeted and personalized food intervention to individuals’ gut microbiota and host health a reality.” Yutong Li
An April 2020 news release announcing the creation of the fellowship created to honor Dr. Caldwell’s legacy.
A long-standing IFT member, Dr. Caldwell believed strongly that Feeding Tomorrow serves a valuable purpose and its support to the student of the science of food should be encouraged and fostered so he committed to endorsing a full graduate fellowship. This fellowship will commemorate his memory by providing a valuable stipend to a graduate student pursuing research in the area of Food Science and Technology.
As a member of the Chicago Section of IFT, Elwood established the Tanner Lectureship, which brings scientific speakers to the section. With the Minnesota Section of IFT, he was responsible for the beginning and subsequent growth of Minnesota’s Suppliers Night with over 250 exhibitors. Elwood also chaired (and raised the initial funding for) the establishment of Minnesota’s Macy Award, which recognizes an outstanding example of food technology transfer or cooperation between scientists in academic, government and private industry.
Caldwell was the first recipient of the CSIFT Chairman’s Service Award, and in 1988 a recipient of a similar award from the Minnesota Section. He was an IFT Fellow and, in 1991, was the recipient of the Calvert L. Willey award for distinguished service to the Institute.
1 Extenuating circumstances related to the above will be evaluated on an individual basis by Feeding Tomorrow.
The reporting of the fellowship award for income tax reporting purposes is the recipients responsibility. Please consult a tax advisor to inform you of your reporting obligations if you receive the fellowship.
Under sec. 1441(a), the rate of withholding on US source payments to NRAs is 30%. However, sec. 1441(b) reduces the rate of withholding to 14% when all of the following requirements are met:
Because IFT is an organization described in sec. 501(c)(3), the 14% withholding rate would apply to the extent that the NRA recipient enters the US pursuant to one of the visa types listed above.
Additionally, depending upon whether the recipient of the fellowship is resident in a country with which the US has entered into a tax treaty, such individual may be eligible to reduced withholding under such treaty. Such individuals should provide a completed Form 8233 to IFT showing intent to claim such reduced withholding. If no such form is provided, IFT should withhold at the 30% rate, unless the preferential statutory rate of 14% applies.