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Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.522
National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jun 22, 2020

Dr. Ray A. Ali


The National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides grants to offer graduate and postgraduate traineeship programs at eligible institutions of higher education for meeting the national need to develop scientific and professional expertise in the Food, Agricultural, Natural Resources, and Human (FANH) Sciences.

Program objectives include:

  • Support the training of new students at the master's and doctoral levels, in order to fill nationally identified expertise shortage areas in the FANH Sciences
  • Increase the number, quality and diversity of students in the food, agricultural and related sciences by recruiting outstanding students, particularly those from traditionally underrepresented groups to enter and complete graduate training in these areas
  • Ensure that the National Needs Fellows build science competencies through research and extension activities, and experience and engagement in an international setting

Projects that integrate social and biological sciences to address many of the challenges facing agriculture and rural communities are a priority, such as:

  • Increasing global demand for food production in the face of limited natural resources
  • Improving health and reducing obesity by engaging in healthy lifestyles and consuming healthy diets
  • Alleviating poverty by fostering economic opportunity

Eligible applicants are:

  • Land-grant 1862, 1890, and 1994 institutions
  • Colleges and universities having significant minority enrollments and a demonstrable capacity to carry out the teaching of food and agricultural sciences
  • Other colleges and universities having a demonstrable capacity to carry out the teaching of food, and agricultural sciences
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $262,500 per year
Award floor: $41,000 per year
Project period: 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 5
Estimated total program funding: $6,200,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through The application instructions will be found on the related documents tab.

Tagged as
Food security and nutrition · Health workforce education and training · Obesity and weight control · Poverty

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