WSU to pilot USDA international agricultural exchange program

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Washington State University has been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service to pilot a new international exchange program — the WSU CGIAR Borlaug Fellowship Program.

Modeled on the Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program, WSU will provide four fellowships to early‑ and mid‑career researchers from five eligible CGIAR Centers. The fellowships promote agricultural productivity, food security and economic growth through collaborative research between the fellows and WSU faculty.

Under the pilot program, WSU will recruit, select, match and host fellows in summer 2019 for 8‑12 week exchanges on any topic of agricultural research. WSU mentors then will make a reciprocal visit to the fellow’s home country to continue the collaboration. The WSU CGIAR Borlaug Fellowship Program is expected to contribute to the strategic goals and objectives of the Fellow and the CGIAR institutions through a hands‑on experience in a “real-world” agricultural research scenario.

Fellows are chosen 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.
  • Flexibility and capacity for success in a cross-cultural environment.

The program is managed by Global Research and Engagement within WSU’s Office of International Programs. For more information, contact them at

The application form and instructions can be downloaded on the International Programs website. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday, Jan. 31.

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