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USDA announces fellowships to develop the next generation of agriculture

Posted: 3 December 2019 | | No comments yet

The fellowship opportunities aim to connect USDA resources with faculty and staff at colleges and universities, with the aim to share agricultural knowledge and develop future collaborations.

USDA announces fellowships to develop the next generation of agriculture

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) has announced fellowship opportunities to connect USDA resources with faculty and staff at Hispanic Serving Institutions, 1994 Tribal Colleges and Universities, and 1890 Land-Grant Universities.

The purpose of these fellowships is to connect participants to USDA and other federal resources while focusing on student development. Fellows will receive access to long-term collaboration opportunities, and then share what they learned with students and colleagues at their home institutions.

“We are excited to build upon the more than 20 years of success of the E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program to offer additional opportunities to empower faculty and staff from our partner institutions to holistically develop the next generation of agriculture,” said OPPE Director, Mike Beatty.

  • The E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program is designed for faculty or staff at a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) or Hispanic-Serving School District. HSIs are accredited colleges and universities with at least 25 percent Hispanic student enrolment. Currently, there are more than 500 HSIs in 21 states and Puerto Rico, serving more than two million students
  • The Terra Preta do Indio Tribal Fellowship is designed for faculty and staff from 1994 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and Secondary Education Superintendents, Principals, Agricultural and/or District Level Teachers working for Bureau of Indian Education designated high schools
  • The Booker T. Washington Fellowship is aimed at faculty and staff at an accredited 1890 Land-Grant University and Secondary Education Superintendents, Principals, Agricultural and/or District Level Teachers working for an 1890 Land-Grant University feeder high school.

Each programme is said to offer opportunities for Education Fellows and Science Fellows. Education Fellows participate in a week-long programme in Washington, D.C. scheduled to start in June 2020. Science Fellows participate in a two-week programme, consisting of one week in Washington, D.C. and a second week at a USDA research location.

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