Borlaug Graduate Student Fellowships in Global Food Security: Experiences of ACES Awardees

A panel presentation sponsored by the ACES Office of International Programs featured three recent recipients of Borlaug Global Food Security graduate research grants. The three panel members, all graduate students in the College of ACES, shared their experiences and advice for applying for these coveted fellowships.

The panel included: Liana Acevedo-Siaca (Crop Sciences); Anna Fairbairn (Agricultural and Consumer Economics); and Alex Park (Crop Sciences).

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security graduate research grant program supports exceptional graduate students who are interested in developing a component of their graduate research in a developing country setting and in collaboration with a mentor from an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC), or a qualifying National Agricultural Research System (NARS) unit. The grants have a maximum value of $15,000 for students applying for 6-month long international research stays; $20,000 for 1-year long international research stays; and $40,000 for 2-year long international research stays. Currently this program is only open to U.S. citizens.

Visit the application website for more information on how to apply:   http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/food/borlaugfellows/research-fellowship/index.php

The three awardees offered valuable advice for applying for these fellowships:

In total, six ACES graduate students, including the three who participated in the panel, were named as 2015 U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security. Their projects were previously summarized here:  

http://intlprograms.aces.illinois.edu/content/six-aces-graduate-students-receive-2015-borlaug-fellowships-work-developing-countries

 

Article submitted by Leslie Myrick, 217-244-5373

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