$3.1 million available to train next generation of ag leaders

$3.1 million available to train next generation of ag leaders

Money designated for graduate degree and postgraduate training.

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $3.1 million to train the next generation of agricultural leaders. This funding is available through the Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program (NNF).

“In the next few years, we expect to see a significant number of job openings for graduates with degrees in agricultural sciences,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “The fellowship program allows us to support the next generation of scientists and innovators, who will play an integral part in the future of our food and agricultural systems.”

The Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program has $3.1 million available to train the next generation of ag leaders. (Photo: maxsattana/Thinkstock)

The NNF program is designated for graduate degree (masters and doctoral) programs and postgraduate training of the next generation of policy makers, researchers, and educators in the food and agricultural sciences. The purpose of this program is to develop intellectual capital to ensure the preeminence of U.S. food and agricultural systems.

This funding invests in experiential learning, including international experiences, for individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to NIFA’s mission.

Applicants should propose training projects to support graduate fellowships in one of the eight targeted expertise shortage areas:  animal production; plant production; forest resources; agricultural educators and communicators; agricultural management and economics; food science, human nutrition and human sciences; sciences for agricultural biosecurity; veterinary sciences; food and agriculture data analytics and tools; and integrative biosciences for sustainable food and agricultural systems.

Applications are due September 22, 2016. See the request for applications for more information.

Since 2009, NIFA has invested in and advanced innovative and transformative initiatives to solve societal challenges and ensure the long-term viability of agriculture.

Source: USDA NIFA

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