How to apply for Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program 2020

Are you working in the field of Agricultural Sciences? Do you want to be a fellow? Applications are open for the Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program 2020. This program provides research opportunities to researchers of middle-income countries and helps to promote food security and economic growth. Read this article to know the eligibility as well as selection criteria, application procedure and deadline etc.

About the Program

The Borlaug Fellowship Program was started during 2004 by The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the honor of Norman E. Borlaug, the American agronomist, humanitarian and Nobel laureate popularly known as the "father of the Green Revolution." The fellowship is mainly awarded to the researchers working in the field of agriculture including agronomy, veterinary science, nutrition, food safety, sanitary and phytosanitary issues, natural resource management, agricultural biotechnology, agricultural economics, and agricultural policy. The main aim of the fellowship is to create and improve the knowledge and understanding of agricultural science of the participant researcher. The program helps to encourage policies of science-based trade for the advancement of U.S. agricultural products in the international market.

About Borlaug Fellowship-2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is inviting applications for Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program 2020. Under this program researchers and mid-career scientist and policymakers from eligible developing countries and middle-income countries will get the training and collaborative research opportunities. The ratio of fellows and mentors will remain one-on-one. They will work at a U.S. based university, research centre, or government agency. To continue the research collaboration the U.S. mentor will visit the fellow's home institution within six months of the fellowship completion period. Fellows may also get an opportunity to attend professional symposium such as the annual World Food Prize Symposia and related events.


An applicant must possess following eligibility criteria for consideration for the Borlaug Fellowship Program:
  • An applicant must be a citizen of eligible developing and middle-income country.
  • He/she should be proficient in English.
  • He/she should have a Master's or higher degree.
  • He /she should have 2 to 10 years of research experience after completion of the degree.
  • He/she should be in the early or middle stage of their career.
  • He /she must have employed by a university, government agency, or research entity in their home country.
  • Applicant must be interested to continue working in their native country after completing the fellowship.

Selection Criteria

  1. Selection of candidates will be based on their good academic as well as professional research record.
  2. The United States Department of Agriculture will also evaluate the candidate's research interests, achievements, leadership capability.
  3. Besides, the level of scientific competence, aptitude for scientific research and success, the likelihood of bringing back new thoughts to their home institution, and resilience will also be considered.

Note: Applicant's research area should match to the research topics mentioned in the application announcement and to global food security and trade.

Application Procedure

The application form for the fellowship program is to be submitted online by the applicant via the online application system. The following details are to be provided in the online application form:
  • Completed application form in all respect.
  • Research proposal along with the action plan that should explain the research questions.
  • Letter of Reference from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Post in their native country.
  • Approval from the applicant's home institution on prescribed proforma duly signed by the current supervisor.
  • Two letters of professional recommendation.
  • Copy of diploma/ certificates for all college/university degree(s).
  • Copy of passport identification page.

Note: To get reference letter and approved list of projects applicants must contact the Foreign Service Post in their native country.

For more information, visit the Borlaug Fellowship Program.

Important date

The last date for application submission is February 18, 2020.

Contact Information

  • FAS Trade and Scientific Exchanges Division
    Phone: (202) 690-1940

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