U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
FOREIGN AGRICULTURAL SERVICE
BORLAUG FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Summary of Award Opportunity
USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is seeking U.S. universities to host English-speaking, agricultural scientists employed at CIAT, CIP, and ICARDA from low and middle-income countries under the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program (Borlaug Fellowship Program). These Fellows have been selected in collaboration with CG Centers based on research topics, academic and professional accomplishments, commitment to Borlaug Fellowship Program goals, and leadership qualities. The Fellow’s proposal and research plan appear at the end of this notice.
USDA recommends that the program begin during Fall 2016; however, priority should be given to a time that is appropriate for the Fellow’s proposed research topic. The duration is flexible but cannot exceed 16 weeks (this includes fellowship, initial and follow on visits by the mentor).
Each Fellow has a specific research topic. Here is a summary of the applicants and a brief description of their research topics:
- Fellow #1 (Female); Vietnam; Cassava – methods to identify crop varietal adaption and how to assess the impact of the adaption of improved variety on farmer welfare.
- Fellow #2 (Female); Colombia; plant pathogens and their relationship with rice crop, plant pathogen diagnostic tools, genetic diversity for identification of disease resistance genes.
- Fellow #3 (Male); India; Phenomics: Re-orienting crop improvement for the changing climatic conditions.
- Fellow # 4 (Female); Colombia; Gender analysis and agricultural development (quantitative analysis of gender in relation to agriculture data).
- Fellow # 5 (Male); Kenya; Molecular characterization of T-DNA/Host Plant Junction sequences of genetically modified potatoes disease.
- Fellow # 6 (Male); Ethiopia; Contextualization of “Triple S” to fit different agro-ecologies in Sub-Saharan-Africa: Understanding how sweet potato root physiology affects root storage duration and sprouting.
- Fellow # 7 (Female); Peru; Molecular biology/bioinformatics (technology in genotyping using next generation sequencing).
- Fellow # 8 (Female); Peru; Characterizing virus diversity in the Andean tuber crop oca (Oxalis tuberosa).
- Fellow # 9 (Female); Morocco; Wheat Breeding: Characterization and evaluation of bread wheat germplasm for hybrid potential traits.
- Fellow # 10 (Male); Egypt; Improving Water Management to increase productivity and adaptation to water supply shortage conditions to enhance food security in dry areas.
- Fellow # 11 (Male); India; Conservation agriculture and cropping systems modeling.
- Fellow # 12 (Male); Morocco; Chemical identification and isolation of the main pheromones Lixus algirus called also stem borer, one of most serious pest of fava bean in Mediterranean areas including Morocco.
The attached notice identifies the Borlaug Fellowship Program deadline, legislative authority, eligibility and proposal requirements, funding restrictions, cost share requirements, allowable and unallowable costs, reporting requirements, program purpose and priorities, focus areas and recommended topics, application and submission information, application review, selection and notification process, agency program contact information, and mailing address.
Application Deadline: July 21, 2016
Direct inquiries about this opportunity to: