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Norman E. Borlaug LEAP Fellowships in USA

The Norman E. Borlaug LEAP (Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program) fellowship program is now open. This call is exclusively intended to Sub-Saharan African students who are willing to do research in the Area of Agriculture. Up to US$20,000 will be given to the winning fellows. The closing date of application is 6th April, 2016.

Fellowship Description
To support this vision, USDA and USAID established the Norman E. Borlaug International Science and Technology Fellowship Program. The program was created to educate and train students, researchers, policymakers, scientists, and faculty members from developing countries, in the latest science and agricultural technologies. The Borlaug LEAP offers fellowships to enhance the quality of thesis research of graduate students from developing countries who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and related disciplines. The program supports engaging a mentor at a US university and a CGIAR center.

Value and Tenure
The winner may expect to receive up to US$20,000 for a maximum of one year.

Level and Area of Studies
Research program in Agriculture field.

Place of Study
The research will be taken in the United States of America.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • a citizen of a USAID-assisted country. Currently we are only accepting applications from citizens of USAID-assisted countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Applicants cannot hold citizenship or permanent residency in the US and/or any non-USAID assisted country. This includes applicants with dual citizenship.
  • currently enrolled as an MS or PhD student at a US or sub-Saharan Africa developing country university. Candidates must maintain student status for the duration of the fellowship.
  • fluent in reading, writing and speaking English. All semi-finalists must provide a TOEFL or IELTS score taken within the past year.  Only applicants enrolled at U.S. universities are exempt from this requirement. Minimum acceptable scores are: TOEFL, 550 (paper test); 80 (internet-based test). IELTS (academic modules), minimum of 7 on a 9-point scale.
  • completed at least one year of graduate level course work in the graduate program the applicant is currently enrolled in with a US equivalent grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
  • a thesis-topic related to agricultural development and related fields. Title XII legislation broadly defines agriculture as:
    “…the science and practice of activity related to food, feed, and fiber production, processing, marketing, distribution, utilization, and trade, and also includes family and consumer sciences, nutrition, food science and engineering, agricultural economics and other social sciences, forestry, wildlife, fisheries, aquaculture, floriculture, veterinary medicine, and other environmental and natural resources sciences.”

Applicants’ Nationality
The Norman E. Borlaug LEAP Fellowships are only open to the citizens of USAID-assisted countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Application Instruction
The following materials must be submitted online:
– Applicant’s Information
– Project Title
– Seven-part Essay
– US Mentor Application
– US Mentor Reference Letter
– CGIAR Mentor Application
– CGIAR Reference Letter
– Developing Country Reference Letter
– Budget Form
– Budget Justification
– Leverage Form.

Submission Deadline
6 April 2016.

Website and Application Link

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