Applying for the Borlaug Fellowship Program


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

  • Be citizens of a 2020 eligible country
  • Be proficient in English
  • Possess a Master’s degree or higher
  • Be in the early or middle stage of their career, between 2 and 10 years of practical experience, after obtaining their highest-awarded degree
  • 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

USDA selects candidates based on their academic and professional research interests and achievements, leadership potential, level of scientific competence, aptitude for scientific research, likelihood of bringing back new ideas to their home institution, and flexibility and aptitude for success in a cross-cultural environment. USDA also considers 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
  • Program proposal and action plan that addresses the questions posed in the application
  • Letter of Reference from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service Post in their home country
  • Approval from applicant's home institution (form provided) – signed by current supervisor
  • Two letters of professional recommendation
  • Copy of transcript or diploma for all college/university degree(s) received
  • Copy of passport identification page

Research Priorities

USDA requires interested applicants to contact the Foreign Service Post in their home country for the approved list of topics.

Eligible Countries and Points of Contact

Online Application System

Click here to access the online application system (an external, third-party site)