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Applying for the Borlaug Fellowship Program

The Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program promotes food security and economic growth by providing training and collaborative research opportunities to fellows from developing and middle-income countries.

Nominees must have demonstrated their ability to communicate by written material; public presentations; and/or the use of television, radio, or other social media. They should be recognized by their peers as scientists who have made significant contributions in their professional fields.

Borlaug fellows are generally scientists, researchers or policymakers who are in the early or middle stages of their careers. Each fellow works one-on-one with a mentor at a U.S. university, research center or government agency, usually for 6-12 weeks. The U.S. mentor will later visit the fellow’s home institution to continue collaboration. Fellows may also attend the annual World Food Prize Symposium, held each October in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Borlaug Fellowship Program honors Norman E. Borlaug, the American agronomist, humanitarian and Nobel laureate who is known as the “father of the Green Revolution.” Since the program’s inception in 2004, approximately 700 fellows from 64 countries have participated in research and training focused on a wide array of agriculture-related topics, including agronomy, veterinary science, nutrition, food safety, sanitary and phytosanitary issues, natural resource management, agricultural biotechnology, global climate change, agricultural economics and agricultural policy.

Eligibility

To be considered for the Borlaug Fellowship Program, candidates must:

  • Be citizens of an eligible country
  • Be fluent in English
  • Have completed a Master’s or higher degree
  • Be in the early or middle stage of their career, with at least two years of practical experience
  • Be employed by a university, government agency or research entity in their home country
  • Demonstrate their intention to continue working in their home country after completing the fellowship

Applicants are selected based on their academic and professional research interests and achievements, level of scientific competence, aptitude for scientific research, leadership potential, likelihood of bringing back new ideas to their home institution, and flexibility and aptitude for success in a cross-cultural environment. Consideration is also given to the relevance of the applicant’s research area to the research topics highlighted in the application announcement and to global food security and trade.

Application Requirements

Candidates must apply via the online application system (link below). The following information will be required:

  • Completed application form
  • 2-3 page program proposal and action plan
  • Signed approval from applicant's home institution
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official copy of transcript for college/university degree(s) received
  • Copy of passport identification page

For more information, please visit: http://www.fas.usda.gov/programs/borlaug-fellowship-program

 

Borlaug CAST Communication Award

The Borlaug CAST Communication Award is presented annually for outstanding achievement by a scientist, engineer, technologist, or other professional working in the agricultural, environmental, or food sectors for contributing to the advancement of science in the public policy arena. Primary consideration will be given to candidates who are actively engaged in promoting agriculture through research, teaching, extension, or mass communication; who have made significant contributions to their discipline or field; and who demonstrate a passionate interest in communicating the importance of agriculture to policymakers, the news media, and the public.

Nominees must have demonstrated their ability to communicate by written material; public presentations; and/or the use of television, radio, or other social media. They should be recognized by their peers as scientists who have made significant contributions in their professional fields.

The award is dedicated to Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, "The Man Who Fed the World" and author of CAST publication #1, and to Dr. Charles A. Black, first CAST President, first Executive Vice President, and member of the founding committee of CAST. These two men embody the passion and dedication to agricultural research and technology that this award is designed to reward.

Nomination and Selection

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Borlaug CAST Communication Award, an honor that recognizes professionals actively working in the agricultural, environmental, or food sectors who are promoting agricultural science in the public policy arena. This award has become an influential component in the efforts to keep agricultural issues and programs in the public eye and in front of national and world policymakers.

Click on the links below to access the appropriate forms. Nominations are due February 1, 2016.

2016 Nomination Packet and Form                                         2016 Nomination Flyer

Completed nomination packets must be e-mailed to the CAST office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; subject line: 2016 Borlaug CAST Award). The packets must include copies of each of the following:

  • the completed nomination form
  • a curriculum vitae of the nominee
  • a written statement of the candidate’s ability to disseminate research findings to the public that includes at least one item from the following list
    • a list of pertinent publications
    • public speaking engagements
    • television and/or radio appearances
    • other media activities within the past 6 years
  • a minimum of 5 letters of support in which the references assess the candidate’s ability to communicate science to the public

Announcements of the Award winner will be published on the CAST website, circulated to CAST members, and distributed to scientific and agricultural news media. The Award consists of a custom bronze created for CAST by internationally noted sculptor Jerry Palen, a cash award, and a travel allowance for the recipient to present his/her message at a major conference. The custom bronze entitled “A World Supported by Plants and Animals” will be inscribed with the winner’s name and the date of the Award.

CAST is responsible for the selection of the individual to receive the Borlaug CAST Communication Award. Evaluation of the nominees will be made by a committee from the CAST Board, appointed by the CAST president. The Award recipient will be invited to attend the presentation event and speak about the key issues on which he or she has focused their research efforts and communication skills. A written copy of the speech will be requested for use in publicizing the Award. The location and date of the presentation may vary annually.

 

Search for Outstanding Agricultural Scientist and Researcher

Outstanding Agricultural Scientist

Invitation for all Heads of government or private research institutions, colleges, universities, or professional organizations/associations and societies to nominate a candidate(s) for the GAWAD SAKA 2015 Outstanding Agricultural Scientist

The award shall be given to one who has done outstanding research work in any field directly related to agriculture and fisheries.

All pertinent documents should be received on or before 31 March 2015

Send the Nominees to:

The Secretariat
DA Search for Outstanding Agricultural Scientist
Bureau of Agricultural Research
RDMIC Bldg. Elliptical Road, Visayas Avenue
Diliman, Quezon City
Telophone No. (02) 920-0219; 928-8624 loc 2625, 2127, 2121

Download the forms below:

Outstanding Agricultural Researcher

Invitation to all Department of Agriculture Regional Executive Directors, BFAR Regional Directors, Heads of Attached Agencies and Staff Bureaus, SUCs and toher private research institutions to nominate a candidate(s) for the GAWAD SAKA 2015 Outstanding Agricultural Researcher

The award shall be given to one who has done outstanding research work in any field directly related to agriculture and fisheries.

All pertinent documents should be received on or before 31 March 2015

Send the Nominees to:

The Secretariat
DA Search for Outstanding Agricultural Researcher
Bureau of Agricultural Research
RDMIC Bldg. Elliptical Road, Visayas Avenue
Diliman, Quezon City
Telophone No. (02) 920-0219; 928-8624 loc 2625, 2127, 2121

Download the forms below: